Wouter Arnoud Dorigo

Senior Scientist Dr.rer.nat. MSc

Research Group:
Senior Scientist
Research Area:
Climate Research, microwave remote sensing

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Phone #:
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Dorigo Wouter Arnoud


Life and education

Wouter Dorigo was born in Arnhem, the Netherlands. He received the M.Sc. degree in physical geography and the M.A. degree in Italian language and translation from the Utrecht University in 2000 and 2001, respectively. In 2008 he received his Dr.rer.nat. (PhD) degree in remote sensing with honours from the Technische Universität München.


In 2002, he worked as a project manager in airborne laser scanning at the National Survey Department of the Netherlands. In support of his PhD studies he worked from 2003 to 2006 at the imaging spectroscopy group of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen and spent several months at INRA Bioclimatology, Avignon, France. Since 2007, he has been working at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, first as a University Assistant and postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and since 2012 as Senior Scientist in the Remote Sensing Research Group of the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation.

Research interests

Project achievements

As a project coordinator and scientist Wouter has played a leading role in developing the ESA CCI multi-decadal global soil moisture data set of merged active and passive soil moisture retrievals http://www.esa-soilmoisture-cci.org/) and in establishing the International Soil Moisture Network (http://ismn.geo.tuwien.ac.at/), a data hosting facility that harmonizes and makes available to the user community soil moisture data from over 50 ground-based networks. Both products are being used by thousands of users worldwide.

Commissions, memberships, and organisations

Wouter has (co-)authored more than 65 peer-reviewed journal publications and over 160 papers and abstracts in conference proceedings. According to Google Scholar his work has been cited about 3000 times and has an h-index of 27Advances in the Validation and Application of Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture

From 2008 to 2012 Wouter was Commission VII secretary of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and in 2013 he became a member of the GEWEX Data and Assessments Panel (GDAP) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). He has been committee member of several international conferences, such as the EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy in 2003, the ISPRS Commission VII Symposium in 2010, and the Satellite Soil Moisture Application and Validation Workshop 2013 jointly organized by ESA, EUMETSAT, WMO, GEWEX, CEOS and GCOS.

Awards and funding ID

In January 2015, Wouter wan the prestigious Science Award of the Vienna University of Technology, which came with a prize money of 500,000 Euro, for his outstanding research on soil moisture and climate. As PI and work package lead Wouter has played an active role in acquiring almost 3 Million EUR of external sponsoring (e.g. from EU, ESA) for his host institutes.