Networking Friday with Paolo Corradi (ESA)

On July 3rd, 1-2 PM UTC,  Paolo Corradi, System Engineer, ESA – European Space Agency, introduced the topic of marine plastic pollution and how remote sensing could contribute to solve what has become one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. The results achieved in the frame of the ESA activities on remote sensing of plastic marine litter will be reported. The presentation concluded by introducing the recent ESA Open Space Innovation Platform – OSIP campaign of ideas, which will fund a significant number of novel projects aiming at advancing the research towards a reliable detection of marine plastic accumulations from space. The session will be moderated by Kostantinos Topouzelis, expert in Marine Remote Sensing, University of the Aegean, Greece.

Paolo Corradi coordinates the activities on Remote Sensing of Plastic Marine Litter at ESA since 2017, when he initiated the research on this topic with the ESA General Studies Programme. He has been working with ESA at ESTEC, Netherlands, since 2009, first as system engineer for the International Space Station and then as optical system engineer in the Optics Section, Mechatronics and Optics Division, for the development of satellite optical instruments and technologies. He previously worked in different R&D domains, both in the academia and industry. He has a PhD in microsystems engineering from the University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy.

Konstantinos Topouzelis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences, University of the Aegean and he is leading the Marine Remote Sensing Group. He holds a PhD on pollution monitoring from space from National Technical University of Athens. His main research interest is on the analysis of remote sensing datasets, including satellite and aerial images, for marine and coastal applications. His expertise includes automatic detection of oceanographic phenomena, Object Based Image Analysis, image processing algorithms and coastal mapping. He is an author of more than 30 several refereed papers in international scientific journals and books, member of editorial board of Mediterranean Marine Science Journal, referee in several scientific journals and principal investigator in international research projects. Prior to his academic career he worked for the European Commission Joint Research Centre.

We will continue with the Networking Fridays during the next months. More information about future sessions as well as presentations and videos from previous sessions can be found here. Twitter Hashtag: #netfridays. Expect some very exciting afternoons, or mornings or evenings, depending on where you are…

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