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About Debhasish Bhakta
Debhasish Bhakta
Lead GIS Developer, Production and Communications Office
Phone: +47 911 44 223

Having an academic background in Forestry and Geo-informatics, I am a Geographic Information System (GIS) professional with passion for computer programming. My proficiency includes WebGIS development, customization of desktop application, GIS modelling, analysis & visualization of geospatial data and Digital Image Processing of satellite imagery. I was born and brought up in India, where the forest was an integral part of my childhood. I have huge respect for the forest and its magnificent biodiversity, which was the motivation behind my Bachelor Degree in forestry. Additionally, I completed a Master Degree in Geo-informatics to learn more about a conservation aspect of forest by using spatial spanning.

I joined GRID-Arendal in May, 2017 as “Technical Research Assistant GIS and Web Mapping” to support various projects including EMODnet Bathymetry, H2020 BlueBridge and the Protected Area Solutions to facilitate the compilation of spatial data, developing innovative web based communication tools and development of training kits. Apart from this, I am responsible for managing and optimization of GRID-Arendal GIS servers including GeoNode and ArcGIS server.

Prior to joining GRID-Arendal, I was working as a Research Scientist at Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). In the initial stages of my career at ISRO I worked on a project named “Natural Resources Census”, which generates a set of thematic maps through systematic inventory and mapping from space-based images to create a geospatial database for the whole country. I contributed significantly in the India-WRIS project where I was involved in the development of two different WebGIS modules, i.e, Probable Maximum Precipitation and Coastal Climate Information System. Moreover, I have also worked on many other WebGIS developments such as Hydro Observation Stations, Surface Water Quality Module, and Flood Forecasting module. 

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