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About N. Chrysoulakis

Dr. Nektarios Chrysoulakis is a Director of Research, at FORTH and head of the Remote Sensing Lab ( He holds a BSc in Physics, a MSc in Environmental Physics and PhD in Remote Sensing from the University of Athens. He has been involved in R&D projects funded from organizations such as the European Union, the European Space Agency and the Ministries of Environment, Development, Culture and Education. He has considerable experience in the area of Earth Observation and GIS. His main research interests include urban research, urban energy balance, natural and technological risk analysis, thermal infrared imagery and surface temperature studies, environmental monitoring and change detection. He is the coordinator of the H2020project URBANFLUXES ( The main goal of this project is to prepare the ground for innovative exploitation of European space data in scientific activities and future and emerging applications by exploiting the improved data quality, coverage and revisit times of the Copernicus Sentinels data. URBANFLUXES, based on Sentinels observations, will reveal novel scientific insights, related to monitoring the anthropogenic heat flux in cities, at both local and regional scales, generating new satellite opportunities. He is also the Coordinator of the ERA.Net-RUS Plus project SEN4RUS (, aiming at developing indicators that effectively and efficiently exploit the information content provided by Copernicus Sentinels mass data streams in support of city and regional planning in Russia. Dr. Chrysoulakis was the Coordinator of the FP7 projects BRIDGE (, dealing with Urban Metabolism and GEOURBAN (, dealing with the development and on-line evaluation of satellite-based indicators for urban planning and management. He also participates in the H2020 project ECOPOTENTIAL ( with mail goal to create a new unified framework for ecosystem studies and management of protected areas; in the H2020 project ThinkNature ( with mail goal to develop a platform that supports the understanding and the promotion of nature based solutions (NBS); and in the LIFE+ project FLIRE (, focuses on the development of an integrated Decision Support System for both flash floods and forest fires risk assessment and management. He has more than 200 publications in per-review journals and conference proceeding.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Satellite Remote Sensing, Atmospheric Physics - Radiative Transfer, Thermal Infrared Studies, Surface Temperature Estimation, Urban Environment, Urban Surface Energy Budget, Microclimatic Studies, Environmental Monitoring, Change Detection, Development of Land Use/Cover Databases, Natural and Technological Risk Analysis, and Geographical Information Systems, Spatial Analysis

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Dr. Nektarios Chrysoulakis

Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas
Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics

N. Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton, 
70013, Heraklion, Greece

tel. +30-2810-391762
fax. +30-2810-391761


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