Roel Van Hoolst is a bio-engineer with a strong interest in the interactions between climate and vegetation dynamics. He is involved in several projects for FAO, IFAD, ESA and the EC which often focus on the monitoring of agriculture. Working with several tools, he uses multiple EO data sources to steer the functional analysis of information dashboards for crop and pasture monitoring from local to global scale.

We depend on the stable rhythm of the seasons to provide us with food and feed. When something unexpected happens, we need to track it closely.

Roel has been involved in the development of  early warning systems such as the global Agricultural Stress Index System (ASIS) operating at FAO. He is working on vegetation productivity models such as the Dry Matter Productivity (DMP) produced in the Copernicus Global Land Servcie and is part of the Terra-P project.