GeoPython 2020

Panagiotis Kountouris

Dr Panagiotis Kountouris is a CRO at Drift+Noise Polar Services located in Bremen, Germany. He develops algorithms to process model and remote sensing data, and he is extensively working with Python.

He is a Physicist with a MSc degree in meteorology and environmental physics awarded from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. His curiosity and environmental awareness led him in 2011 to Jena, Germany, to do his doctoral in inverse modelling of trace gas measurements. He worked at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in collaboration with the Friedrich Schiller University. Probably he never forgot the feeling of being a researcher, and he is trying to apply that in his everyday work. Since 2016 he joined the Drift+Noise team, where he found himself enjoying to play with meteorological and geospatial data, finding ways to extract valuable information to assist navigation to Polar waters. Current focus, is to couple ice drift model data to static satellite images, in order to produce a dynamic system which reveals the ice movement.

Although he enjoys the mild summers in Germany (well maybe too mild for his taste), he always grabs the opportunity to return back to his homeland somewhere lost in southern Peloponnese, to enjoy moments with his family, and his hobbies, diving and climbing. He can be contacted at

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Visualizing the sea ice of tomorrow - Converting Sentinel-1 radar images into high resolution forecast

Today's sea ice forecasts are at a coarse spatial resolution of several kilometers, whilst tactical navigation planning requires forecasts of much higher resolution. We present an approach to couple satellite and model information, to produce high resolution forecast images.