About Ralf Quast

Ralf Quast

Ralf Quast

Physicist (PhD)

Ralf's career exhibits a proven track record of software engineering on multinational Earth Observation projects and a solid academic background in physics and oceanography. In ten years of professional experience in developing scientific software for Earth Observation applications he has demonstrated to be capable of working in different contexts of concurrent projects, within inter-disciplinary and multi-lingual teams. Notable key practices he has successfully employed through agile software development include pair programming, source code refactoring, test-driven development, automated unit-level testing, and continuous integration and deployment.

Contact information

Mailing address

FastOpt GmbH
Lerchenstr. 28a
22767 Hamburg


Phone: +49 40 4809 6347
Fax: +49 40 4809 6347
Email: Ralf.Quast@FastOpt.de



Research associate on the EU Horizon 2020 project Fidelity and Uncertainty in Climate data records from Earth Observation (FIDUCEO). Recovering Meteosat spectral responses from Meteosat First Generation data and simulated spectral radiance by means of inverse modelling

ESA Support to Science Element

Project management and dataset collection on the ESA Support to Science Element (STSE) Coupled Atmosphere Biosphere Virtual Laboratory (CAB-LAB) project for creating an Earth System Data Cube (Feb 2015 - Jun 2015)

ESA Climate Change Initiative

System engineering and support for the ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) project on the Sea Surface Temperature essential climate variable. Member of the CCI System Engineering and Data Standards working groups (Jan 2011 - Jun 2015)

ESA Long-Term Data Preservation

Requirements analysis and software development on the ESA Long-Term Data Preservation (LTDP) Product Feature Extraction and Analysis (PFA) technology study on content-based image and time series retrieval from EO data archives(Jan 2013 - Sep 2014)

ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity Mission

Product management and software development on the ESA SMOS-Box Evolution and BEAM Maintenance project (Jan 2014 - Dec 2014)

ESA Sentinel-3

Product management and processing system development on the ESA Sentinel-3 Level 2 Optical Prototype Processor (O-L2PP) project. Development of the Sentinel-3 Synergy (synergistic OLCI and SLSTR) processing prototype (Jul 2010 - Jun 2013)

ESA Quality Working Groups

Visiting consultant of the ESA ATSR Quality Working Group on various occasions (May 2007 - Jun 2015)


Refereed journals


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