Alessandro is the Head of the Spatial Data Infrastructures Unit.
He has a degree in Physics from the University of Milan and worked in the private sector until 1996, managing companies specialising in GIS, earth observation and software development. He joined the JRC in 1997.
Alessandro has more than 25 years experience in various environmental fields, working on spatial planning, spatial analysis, environmental modelling, geoinformation and related technologies, remote sensing, image processing, system design and software development. He has participated in several European projects (GIGAS, ORCHESTRA, GINIE, ETEMII, PANEL-GI, NATURE-GIS, GIPSIE, SAFIR, DOCMIX,..) and is author, co-author and editor of over 100 papers and books.
Since 2006 he has been appointed as Co-Chair of the GEOSS Architecture and Data Committee. Alessandro is also a member of the Executive Board of the International Society for Digital Earth .