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Dr. Pascal Derycke PhD


Pascal Derycke obtained a PhD in physics at the University of Metz (France) in 1996. After his degree, he pioneered in IT and web communication. In 2011, Pascal joined the Marine Department of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission as a scientific programmer and data analyst where he expanded his skills to earth observation science and GIS technologies used in the monitoring of climate change and assessment of the environmental status of marine and coastal waters. During these 6 years he was responsible for the maintenance and upgrading of the marine geo-portal EMIS (Environmental Marine Information System) and provided scientific programming support for mapping bio-geophysical products. Alongside this he contributed to the development of INSPIRE services and server applications related to the marine environment and participated in the release of the JRC open data catalogue and the MSFD Marine Competence Centre. In 2017, Pascal brought his expertise in data management and GIS to the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) of the European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) where he was responsible for technical coordination of the EMODnet activities and the European Atlas of the Seas. During the course of 2020, he designed and implemented for the WEkEO EU Copernicus Data and Information Access Service (DIAS) the novel digital platform for augmented data access and reproducible data analysis based on open computational notebooks. Since 2021, he joined as data engineer the EU Health Information System unit at Sciensano. Among others responsible, Pascal contributes to the Population Health Information Research Infrastructure project (PHIRI).


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