Kostas Dimiropoulos, BSc, MSc

Geospatial Data Manager

Email: k.dimiropoulos@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5045

Address:
Silvan House
231 Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh
EH12 7AT

Kostas joined the Forestry Commission in 2013 and moved to Forest Research in 2016. He studied Forestry in Greece at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki between 1999 and 2004 and went on to complete the MSc in Geographical Information Science at the University of Edinburgh.

Kostas has gradually progressed through various GIS roles starting as a GIS analyst at a SME in Greece where he worked on the national forest mapping project. He then moved on to become a self-employed GIS consultant during the first year of the Greek financial crisis but quickly decided to move abroad and collaborated with the Department of Forests in Cyprus for a LIFE+ project as a GIS specialist and project assistant. In 2013 he migrated to the UK and Edinburgh as he accepted the job of the GIS Manager for Forest Enterprise Scotland. In 2015 he was offered the vacant post of the Geospatial Data Manager in Operational Support, a role which he still holds today.

Kostas has also participated in a FP6 EU-funded program called FIRE PARADOX where he provided GIS technical support and analysis services as described on a relevant paper he contributed to.  His experience and expertise mainly involve scripting and automating geoprocessing tasks, geographic analysis and data modelling.   

Current role

Geospatial Data Manager

This role is mostly technical with project management elements. Kostas manages the enterprise spatial database and the live web GIS environment by supporting user requests, maintaining and improving data quality and implementing system & data updates and improvements.

Publications

Ganatsas P., Mantzavelas A., Dimiropoulos K., Raptis D. 2009. Ecological characteristics of the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) area of Thessaloniki. Proceedings of the 3rd Conference of Environmental Association of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, 15-17 October 2009.