For general enquiries about the eStation, please contact


Marco Clerici


Knowledge for Sustainable Development & Food Security

Sustainable Resources

European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Via Fermi 2749, TP

I-21027 Ispra (VA), ITALY


Tel : +39 0332 785727
Fax : +39 0332 789960




Clerici, Marco received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering, specializing in microelectronics and instrumentation, from the University Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, in 1993. He has been with EUMETSAT from 2000 to 2004 providing software development support for the MSG/SEVIRI vicarious calibration and for the development of radiative transfer models. He is currently with the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) in Ispra. His work focuses on the implementation of operational algorithms and systems for the land and vegetation characterization from remote sensing, applied to the global and continental scale, with a focus on applications for the African continent. 


Contact: marco.clerici (at)


Van't Klooster, Jurriaan joined mid 2008 the Global Environment Monitoring (GEM) unit of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in Ispra. He is specialized in developing web applications, databases and GIS (geospatial web development), currently responsible for the front-end of the eStation. He has gained a degree in Software Engineering in 1992 and started working in the private sector, becoming a database expert and client-server applications developer. He joined in 1994 the then called ETOMEP unit and the Environmental Impact Unit (REM group) of the Joint Research Centre until 2000, developing web sites and web applications. Then as a freelance software architect he worked for various companies in the private sector for 7 years, designing and developing web sites and their needed databases, mostly responsible for all software development for an eCommerce company. 


Contact: Jurriaan.VAN'T-KLOOSTER (at)


Vijay Charan Venkatachalam received a M.S degree in Environmental & Geomatics from Politecnico di Milano, Italy in 2015 and a B.E degree in GeoInformatics from Institute of Remote Sensing, Anna University in 2013. He is notable for the award(12a Ediz Premio Eugenio Zilioli Bando 2016)wining thesis "Landcover validation game". He was hired by GENEGIS S.r.l, Milan as a GIS Expert/GIS Developer in December 2015. In March 2018 he started working in European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Ispra. He is specialized in the development of spatial web application and currently an active contributor to the backend development of the eStation including the ingestion and processing services. 


Contact: Vijay.VENKATACHALAM (at)


Informatics support

Nothing would work without the informatics support of Monica Merlotti and Christian Zanardi.


Past contributors

Pekel, Jean-François received a M.S. degree in agricultural engineering and land use planning from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium. He joined the Research Laboratory in Environmetrics and Geomatics (UCL) in 2000 as a research scientist where he notably contributed to different  land cover mapping projects such as GLC2000 (EU) and GlobCover (ESA). He worked as Visiting Staff Associate at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York) where he notably worked on the desert locust habitat monitoring using MODIS time series. He joined the European Commission - Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy), in March 2010.  His research  focuses mainly on methodological development and operational implementation of environmental monitoring remote sensing products, and includes the development of preprocessing methods. He also provides Earth Observation training, and contributes to the thematic development of the eStation, a comprehensive satellite image processing and analysis system for monitoring natural resources in Africa, developed in the framework of the AMESD project (AU - EU) and installed in all sub-saharan Countries.


Contact: jeanfrancois.pekel (at)


The eStation was developed to a great extent by the following temporary research fellows.

Combal, Bruno [2007-2010]: Development of web services and clients.