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*Jüri Roosaare *

Jüri Roosaare


Birth date: 4. veebruar 1953
Birth place: Tartu
Address: University of Tartu, Institute of Geography, 46 Vanemuise St., 51014 Tartu, Estonia
Home address: 19 Sõpruse St. Apt.12, 50606 Tartu, Estonia
Phone: +372 7 375 827 (office)
Fax: +372 7 375 825
Marital status:: married, wife Esta Roosaare (Pauskar) (1960), sons: Jaak Roosaare (1982) and Märt Roosaare (1987)
Nationality: Estonian

Associate Professor at the Chair of Geoinformatics and Cartography
in department of Geography (GG), Institute of Ecology & Earth Sciences (LOOM) Faculty of Science and Technology (LOTE) University of Tartu (UT)

1976   Dipl. Physical Geographer, University of Tartu (cum laude)
1982   Candidate of Geographical Sciences (landscape geophysics), Moscow State University;
         Thesis: Simulation modelling of seasonal dynamics of polder Tamme as a territorial system of intensive agriculture

English, German, Russian

Employment :
1976-1978   post graduate researcher at the Tartu State University, Department of Physical Geography (landscape mapping and cartographic data analysis);
1982-1990   Junior, then Senior Researcher at the Tartu State University, Department of Physical Geography;
1986-1990   Senior Researcher in Laboratory of Applied Mathematics (computer modelling of catchment areas, database management of landscape data);
1990-1992   Head of the Laboratory of Geoinformatics at the Tartu State University (GIS, spatial data analysis);
1993-1994   Acting professor at the chair of geoinformatics and cartography, Institute of Geography, University of Tartu
since 1995   Associate Professor in Geoinformatics at the University of Tartu, Institute of Geography (computer handling of spatial data, GIS applications in landscape ecology).

Professional experience::

1974 (June - Aug.)

Ary-Mas, Taimyr Siberia; meteorologist in an expedition of Institute of Botany, USSR Academy of Sciences;

1975 (June - Dec.)

Primorskiy kray (Soviet Far East); technician in an expedition of Moscow State University;

1979 (Aug. - Sept.)

Chitinskaya oblast (Russian Federation); scientist in an expedition of Moscow State University;

1986 (June - Aug.)

Kamtchatskaya oblast, region of Klyuchevskaya Sopka (Russian Federation); scientist in an expedition of Institute of Volcanology, USSR Academy of Sciences;

1994 (Sept.- Dec.)

Uppsala University (Baltic University Programme), Sweden; preparing multimedia materials ("CD UGIS GIS Tutor") for an international GIS course and teaching GIS;

1995 (Jan. - Mar.)

Research Professor at the University of Connecticut, Department of Geography, Storrs, CT, USA; USIA exchange program;

1997 (June)

GRID Arendal, Norway; spatial analysis of hydrological data for the project "Country case study on climate change impacts and adaption assessments in the Republic of Estonia" (UNEP/GEF GF/2200-96-45)

Research interests:
· applied geoinformatics — spatial decision support systems, visualization of dynamic data;
· landscape ecology — simulation modelling of water cycle in watersheds, means and metrics to describe spatio-temporal structure of landscapes;
· spatial data analysis — spatial patterns, areal interpolation, cellular automata;
· didactics in geography — curriculum development in geoinformatics, e-learning, interactive means of instruction, geography olympiads;
· general, methodological and philosophical problems of geography.

Courses (for details look in university’s Study Information System):
· Data Base Applications (ID: LOOM.02.006).

A short theoretical introduction to data models and gaining practical experiences for work with databases while using the opportunities of MS Office. Results of practical work will be prepared on the computer in the form of a coherent report the main part of which will be students own MS Access sample data base. Examination take place individually using a computer and different data bases.

· Geoinformatics II (ID: LOOM.02.018).

A resumptive course on history and structure of geoinformatics, on its relationships with other sciences, with technology and practical applications.
Philosophy, methodology and practical constraints of spatial approach are concerned, as well as organizational problems of designing and using GIS.
Acquaintanceship with main literature sources on geoinformation science and discussion of key problems in seminars on the basis of students´ presentations.

· Seminar on Geoinformatics (ID: LOOM.02.040).

Reading selected scientific literature, summarizing and discussing it in seminars; peer-reviewing fellow students’ presentations.

· Practical Work in Special Field of Study (ID: LOOM.02.208).

Students will expand their practical knowledge of geoinformatics in the form of practical work (recommendably during study recess) in an appropriate institution or company at a project solving a specific problem or creating an application. Students will prepare a written report on completed work; it will be defended in seminars (which take place once every semester).

· Spatial Data Analysis (ID: LOOM.02.016).

An overview course on spatial data analysis philosophy, methodology and techniques in geography. Familiarization with typical exercises by practical training using Idrisi and ArcGIS software. Particularizing into a selected method (group of methods) and presenting it on a seminar.

· Spatial Decision Support Systems (ID: LOOM.02.003).

The use of geographical information systems in the decision making is under consideration. Practical training (by means of Clips, MS Excel Solver and Idrisi software) is included. After short introduction the general tools of decision support systems (expert systems, operations research) are presented. Mapping of constraints and compiling of evaluation maps are important parts of this course. Decision synthesis includes both single and multi criteria cases and conflict solving.

Paul Sepp (1981, Diploma thesis), Valdo Kuusemets (1986, Dipl.), Ülle Leisk (1986, Dipl.), Ain Vellak (1986, Dipl.), Mari Lahtmets (1988, Dipl.), Aimi Püüa (1989, Dipl.), Antti Roose (1989, Dipl.; 1993, MSc); Ülle Vaht (1990, Dipl.), Agne Peetersoo (1993, BSc), Tiia Prass (1994, BSc), Olavi Hiiemäe (1994, BSc), Andrus Altrov (1996, BSc; 1999, MSc), Agnes Salundi (1996, BSc), Tanel Hurt (1998, BSc), Lea Pauts (1999, BSc),
Kersti Vennik (1999, BSc; 2007, magister scientiarum), Valentina Sagris (1999, MSc), Karin Juurikas (2000, MSc), Kristjan Teiter (2000, MSc), Ülle Straus (2001, BSc), Hannes Alesmaa (2001, BSc), Evelyn Koduvere-Uuemaa (2003, BSc; 2004, magister scientiarum; 2007, PhD), Edgar Sepp (2004, BSc; 2007, magister scientiarum), Jaanika Lääne (2005, BSc), Ott Pruulmann (2005, BSc; 2007, magister scientiarum), Ivari Rannama (2006, BSc), Ülle Vannas (2006, BSc), Kairi Leppik (2007, BSc), Triinu Tehvre (2007, BSc), Liis Murov (2007, BSc), Erki Post (2007, BSc), Raivo Aunap (2007, PhD), Kätlin Haas (2008, BSc), Kreet Masik (2008, BSc; 2010, MSc), Aire Olesk (2008, BSc), Kairi Pentjärv (2008, BSc), Rain Elken (2008, MSc), Eveli Sisas (2008, MSc), Sven-Erik Enno (2009, MSc), Gerda Spool (2009, BSc; 2011, MSc), Peep Margus (2010, magister scientiarum), Mart Naris (2011, BSc), Meelis Tapo (2011, MSc).

Publications: lists of publications (by 6/1/2011).

Academic activities:
Member of the Estonian Geographical Society (since 1975), International Association of Landscape Ecology (since 1992) and Nordic Association for Hydrology; member of the Academic Board of EMGISc and member of the Steering Committee of IGU Commission on Geographical Information Systems.

The Science prize of Republic of Estonia in 1991 (together with V.Krõsanova, A.Laur, H.Luik, A.Meiner and A.Vassiljev) for the monograph "Simulation modelling of the system: catchment basin - river - sea bay" (Valgus, Tallinn, 1989. 428 pp.).