Marek Baranowski is the Director of the UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre (Poland) and has served for about 17 years with the organization. He was in charge of establishing the Centre in 1991. Over the years, he has been involved in managing, initiating and developing over 200 ICT projects related to environmental information, GIS and recently spatial information infrastructure.
He is a geographer by education, specialized in geographical information systems theory and environmental implementation of GIS. He has been a research worker for over 30 years initially at the Institute of Geodesy and Cartography in Warsaw, then at the Geodetic and Cartographic Data Processing Centre (serving as a Scientific Director for 4 years) and again at the Institute as a Head of GIS Department.
He was developer of the first geographical information system software implemented in Poland, called SINUS. He was also in charge of developing many operational GIS systems in public administration. One of the big project he was in charge of, was land cover inventory of Poland (CORINE Land Cover).
Marek was a initiator and designer of the first electronic atlas in Poland, called Electronic Atlas of Environment (awarded by Minister of the Environment to the UNEP/GRID-Warsaw). He was in charge of creation of the General Geographic Database for Poland, ordered by the Surveyor General of Poland and functioning today as one of the main national registers. Recently, he was involved in public participatory GIS European projects, developing geo-visualization techniques for public and Internet consultations.
One of the recent UNEP publication Carpathian Environment Outlook has been elaborated and published with significant input from the UNEP/GRID-Warsaw (as a lead data centre, mapping unit and printing).
Marek has a Master's degree in Geography from the Warsaw University and Philosophy Doctor in GIS from the Institute of Geodesy and Cartography.