I work as point of reference in the Forest Resources and Climate Unit for Earth Observation (EO) data management, representing my Unit in initiatives and projects on Big and Open Data and related horizontal and cross-cutting initiatives. Based on my broad expertise (incl. instrument design, calibration, pre-processing, data analysis, product specification, operational processing, validation) which is relevant to many areas of Copernicus, I regularly provide technical support and strategic advice on aspects such as the Copernicus Data WareHouse (DWH), the Land and the Emergency Management Services. For this I maintain close relations with various stakeholders within and outside of the European Commission, in the public as well as in the private sector. Current work and research activities include: Copernicus High Resolution Layers (HRL), EU-DEM and other European Reference Layers, Sentinel2 and Landsat8 synergies, Big Data Applications such as the Google Earth Engine (GEE), Evolution of the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), use of EO for Tree Health Monitoring, Landcover map validation, spatial pattern analysis and change detection.