Wouter Dorigo was born in Arnhem, the Netherlands, in 1975.He received the M.Sc. degree in physical geography and the M.A. degree in Italian language and translation from the Utrecht University in 2000 and 2001,respectively. In 2008 he received his Dr.rer.nat. (PhD) degree in remote sensing with honours from the Technische Universität München.
In 2002, he worked as a project manager in airborne laser scanning at the National Survey Department of the Netherlands. In support of his PhDstudies he worked from 2003 to 2006 at the imaging spectroscopy group of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen and spent several months at INRA Bioclimatology, Avignon, France. Since 2007, he has been working at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, first as a University Assistant and postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and since 2012 as Senior Scientist in the Remote Sensing Research Group of the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation.
Wouter's main research interest is remote sensing of soil moisture and vegetation. Within these themes he focuses on several aspects, including geophysical parameter retrieval through physical and semi-empirical methods, calibration and validation, process automation, up-and downscaling, image classification, data merging, and time series analysis. He has a vast research experience with various earth observation systems,including active and passive microwave systems, hyper- and multispectral sensors, airborne laser scanning, and multi-angular remote sensing. Using earth observation data Wouter tries to understand and quantify the dynamics (trends,extremes) and interactions of vegetation and the water cycle in a changing climate. As a project coordinator and scientist Wouter has played a key role in developing the first multi-decadal global soil moisture data set of merged active and passive soil moisture retrievals (http://www.esa-soilmoisture-cci.org/) and in establishing the International Soil Moisture Network (http://ismn.geo.tuwien.ac.at/), a data hosting facility that harmonizes and makes available to the user community soil moisture data from over 40 ground-based networks.
Wouter has (co-)authored more than 35 peer-reviewed journal publicationsand almost 100 papers and abstracts in conference proceedings. According toGoogle Scholar his work has been cited more than 700 times and has an h-indexof 14. He is associate editor for the InternationalJournal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, reviewerfor 20 international journals, and reviewer for (inter-)national funding bodieslike the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission,the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the US NationalScience foundation (NSF), the Schweizer Nationalfonds (SSF), and ResearchFoundation - Flanders (FWO).
From 2008 to 2012 Wouter was Commission VII secretary of theInternational Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and in 2013he was invited to become a member of the GEWEX Data and Assessments Panel(GDAP) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). He hasbeen committee member of several international conferences, such as the EARSeLWorkshop on Imaging Spectroscopy in 2003, the ISPRS Commission VII Symposium in2010, and the Satellite Soil Moisture Application and Validation Workshop 2013jointly organized by ESA, EUMETSAT, WMO, GEWEX, CEOS and GCOS.