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Alessandro Gentile joined the Forest Resources and Climate Unit of the Joint Research Center as a Grantholder 30 on 1st November, 2013. Alessandro is Italian and has a Degree in Biological Science with a specialisation in Ecology. He graduated in May 2010 with a PhD on “Precision viticulture: Remote Sensing and GIS application in the evapotranspiration assessment for the water management”. He did his PhD Thesis in the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Applications (DIIAA) of the University of Palermo (Italy). The PhD research focused on the Precision Farming applied in the vineyard. Remotely Sensed and GIS applications were integrated with agronomical and environmental data to compare two water balance models: the VSIM (Vineyard Soil Irrigation Model) and the SEBAL (Surface Energy Balance Algorithms for Land) to improve the water management on vineyard cultivation. In this research area he spent seven months in the NASA Ames Research Park (California, USA) as part of a research collaboration between the DIIAA, the California State University of Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and the NASA Ames Center under the supervision of the Prof. Lars Pierce (CSUMB). Before joining the IES, Alessandro worked at the Water Resources Unit of the Joint Research Center (European Commission), as an external consultant from December 2011 to October 2013. He was involved in the “Blueprint to safeguard Europe's Water Resources” project to develop a software interface (using Python, PCRaster, R, GDAL/OGR, and others) between different biophysical models (LISQUAL, EPIC, LUMP, etc.) developed by the JRC. The main purpose of the work was to build and run a set of scripts (python modules) for a multi-objective optimisation with a set of simplified biophysical models.