Alfred Colpaert is professor in physical geography at the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies of the University of Eastern Finland. He was born in 1957 in Kruiningen, the Netherlands and studied physical geography at the University of Utrecht and geography at the University of Oulu, Finland. He has a PhD in Geography (Oulu 1998) and a Docentship in Geoinformatics (Oulu 2000).
Alfred Colpaert’s main interests are in physical geography and geoinformatics. He has studied pastures and pastoral systems in northern Finland, Tibet and the Caprivi area in Namibia. He was involved in mapping the reindeer pastures of northern Finland using satellite remote sensing. Various projects funded by the Finnish Academy of Sciences in Namibia and Lapland and the Arsgisip EU-funded project (remote sensing and hydrological modeling). He also took part in the Socrates GI Curriculum development project.