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Sergio Freire

Sergio Freire

Scientific / Technical Project Manager

DG Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC)

Global Security and Crisis Management Unit


Biography:

Sérgio Freire is a Geographer, currently working as Scientific/Technical Project Manager at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC), Global Security and Crisis Management Unit, based in Ispra, Italy.

His main activities focus on developing applications of the JRC’s Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) in the context of disaster exposure, risk, and vulnerability analysis, including modeling population distribution at a range of spatial and temporal resolutions. Current activities also include global mapping and characterization of human settlements, and developing satellite-based indicators to support monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals.

He has previously worked at the NationalCenter for Geographic Information (Portugal), at the Portuguese Geographic Institute, and at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, namely researching land use and land cover mapping, developing integrated forest fire risk methods, and extracting features from very high resolution satellite imagery for urban planning applications.

S. Freire holds a Masters in Geography from the University of Kansas (USA).