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TOM DE GROEVE, Ph. D., is Deputy Head of the Disaster Risk Management Unit at the European Commission Joint Research Centre.
He does research in risk management, disaster monitoring and emergency management systems in support of EU and global policy related to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.
In 2001, Tom developed the Digital Map Archive, a global geospatial mapping tool to support humanitarian operations. This led in 2003 to the development of the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) and Tom focused since on modelling impact of various hazards and optimizing situation information exchange in the early stages of sudden-onset disasters. His work on rapid impact assessment from remote sensing contributed to the development of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service. In 2007, Tom started work on the Global Flood Detection System aimed at detecting major floods with microwave remote sensing for humanitarian response purposes. To bridge the gap between science and operations, Tom lead the development of the Global Flood Partnership in 2014, co-chaired by him. In 2010, Tom participated in the creation of the European Crisis Management Laboratory, aimed at creating, testing and benchmarking tools for situation awareness and collaboration among international and national organisations. His work directly contributed to the opening of the European Emergency Response Coordination Centre. From 2013 to 2016, Tom led work on disaster risk reduction, developing the Index for Risk Management (INFORM), the Global Conflict Risk Index (2014) and creating the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (2015).
Since 2016, Tom has been in management positions as acting and deputy Head of Unit and oversaw the integration of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in a new Unit.
Tom received his Ph.D. in Geomatics from Laval University in Quebec City, Canada, in 1999 on the topic of spatial uncertainty in map making. He has a Master's degree from Leuven University, Belgium, in Geophysics and Mining Engineering.
Specialties: risk assessment, risk reduction, risk management, GIS, SDI, microwave remote sensing, earthquake impact, cyclone impact, flood detection, agent based modelling, crisis rooms, situational awareness, climate change adaptation