In 1983, Jean-Yves Lebras graduated from the ENSTA engineering school where he specialised in ‘Marine Environment’. He dedicated the first half of his professional career to the ground segments of observation satellites such as ENVISAT. In 2002, he joined CLS (‘Collecte Localisation Satellites’) where he focussed on developing maritime applications for these satellites, and in particular for those dedicated to spatial oceanography and for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites. Between 2003 and 2004, he was the Technical Manager for the ROSES project of the European Space Agency, where he carried out demonstrations for the surveillance of hydrocarbon pollution via satellites with radar technology coupled with other sensors, mainly in Spain and France. He was in charge of the CLS MARCOAST project on the surveillance of hydrocarbon pollution between 2005 and 2006, which was the precursor of the CleanSeaNet service launched by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in 2007. In 2008, he began work with the Direction des Applications Radar (Department for Radar Applications) based around the VIGISAT receiving station located in Brest, which was inaugurated in 2009 and which has been contributing to CleanSeaNet since 2010.
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