Dr. Vittorio BARALE is the Senior Scientist in Water and Marine Resources Unit, Sustainable Resources Directorate, Joint Research Centre, European Commission. His research work focuses on remote sensing of coastal and marine ecosystems. In particular, this involves using surface colour, temperature and roughness observations for the assessment of coupled bio-geo-chemical and physical processes at sea. In his current position, (a) he directed the ground-breaking OCEAN Project, generating the first on-line historical archive of space-derived data for the European Seas; (b) he has been in charge of his group’s relations with the international scientific community and the major Space Agencies; and (c) he has been a member of the MERIS Science Advisory Group for the ESA from 1990 to the ENVISAT launch. He also acted as Scientific Assistant to the Director of one of the JRC’s 7 Institutes, and as the coordinator of the JRC’s Space Applications Support Group. Presently, he holds a Senior Scientist position in the JRC’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability. He is the Chairman of the “Oceans from Space” conference series. He has published more than 100 scientific reports, papers and articles, and edited four books (including Springer’s “Remote Sensing of the European Seas” and “Remote Sensing of the African Seas”, soon to be followed by “Remote Sensing of the Asian Seas”). He regularly serves as invited lecturer in University Courses and International Schools, as well as advisor for graduate students from various Universities.