Ate Poortinga is an expert in the field of water accounting, remote sensing, GIS, hydrology, and water resource management. After obtaining his PhD degree at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, he worked for two years with Winrock international in the USAID Vietnam Forests and Deltas (VFD) program. Currently, he is employed by the Spatial Informatics Group in SERVIR-Mekong, Bangkok.
Within SERVIR, Ate is involved in the development of web-based tools and applications, training materials and the support and provision of technical inputs for various decision support tools and data products. Specifically, he works on the water accounting scenario platform that allows users to quantify and visualize water supply and demand in a basin across multiple sectors. The system helps users assess outcomes such as whether water supplies are in danger of being over-allocated. Knowledge transfer of state-of-the-art remote sensing technologies and tools to local partners is also an important duty. Furthermore, he has the lead in the development of a tool to assess the biophysical conditions of any specified geographic domain.