Charalampos Kontoes obtained his Diploma in Land Surveying and Rural Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens in 1985, BSc in Informatics from the Universite Paris VI Jussieu (France) in 1986, his MSc in Geography from the Universite Paris VI Jussieu (France) in 1986 and his PhD in Remote Sensing from the National Technical University of Athens in 1992. In 1991-1992, he was visiting scientist in the Marine Environment Group/JRC-EC-ISPRA (Italy). During 1993-1997, he worked as Surveyor Engineer. Since 1997, he works at the National Observatory of Athens as Assistant Researcher (1997-2000), Associate Researcher (2000-2003), Senior Researcher (2003-2010) and currently as Research Director at the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing.
Earth Observation of Land, Urban, and Sea environment, EO Land Use/Land Cover mapping, LULC Change Detection, Algorithmic Developments for Optical/SAR data processing, Image Array Processing, Ontology Data modeling schemes for EO and Linked geo-spatial data Exploitation, Interferometric Analysis of multi-sensor SAR imagery, Object/Texture/Contexture Pattern Recognition, Research and Information System Developments for EO based disaster management, Development and Operation of Observational Infrastructures relying on ESA, NASA, EC (Copernicus) and third party satellite missions, Nominated GMES (Copernicus) Value Added Product/Information Provider in the area of Disaster Management, Nominated Principal Investigator of ESA in SAR data Interferometric Processing.