Licentiaat in de wiskunde, licentiaat in de omgevingswetenschappen (waterbeheer en waterbeleid), doctor in de wetenschappen, consultant Koninklijk Meteorologisch Instituut van België (KMI).
Geschiedenis van de wetenschap; Japan, Centraal-Afrika, Labrador, Groenland.

Gaston René Demarée (Torhout, Belgium, 1940) studied mathematics, physics and hydrology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Gaston R.  Demarée taught calculus and numerical analysis at the Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES), Bogotá, Colombia. Afterwards, he began a life-long career at the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium in the Hydrology section and in the Meteorological Research and Development department. He published extensively on hydrological catchment modelling, extreme value probability distributions of rainfall depths, historical climatology and hydrology.

He was the Georges Sarton chair holder 2003-2004 at the Universiteit Gent (UGent). Presently, he focuses his interest on the historical climatology of Belgium, Congo, China, Japan, Greenland and Labrador.

Key publications

Decleir, H. and Demarée, G.R. (2021) The Belgica Antarctic Expedition, 1897-1899 – A view, 120 years later. Okhotsk Sea and Polar Oceans Research 5, 2021, p. 7-14.

Demarée, Gaston R. and Ogilvie, Astrid E.J. (2021) Early Meteorological Observations in Greenland: The Contributions of David Cranz, Christian Gottlieb Kratzenstein and Christopher Brasen. In: Felicity Jensz and Christina Petterson (Editors) Legacies of David Cranz’s ‘Historie von Grönland’ (1765). Palgrave macmillan, Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World, p. 141-164.

Demarée, G.R. & Ogilvie, A.E.J. (2008) The Moravian missionaries at the Labrador coast and their centuries-long contribution to instrumental meteorological observations. Climate Change, 91(3), p. 423-450, doi:10.1007/s10584-008-9420-2.

Yilma Seleshi, Demarée, G. and Vannitsem, S. (1993) Statistical Analysis of Long-Term Monthly and Annual Ethiopian Precipitation Series. In: Ye Duzheng et al. (Eds.) “Proceedings of the International Workshop on Climate Variabilities (IWCV)”, Beijing, China, July 13-17, 1992. China Meteorological Press, 1993, p. 80-92.

Buishand, T.A. and Demarée, G.R. (1990) Estimation of the annual maximum distribution from samples of maxima in separate seasons. Journal of Stochastic Hydrology and Hydraulics, 4, p. 89-103.