Graciela Metternicht, Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of New South Wales Australia (UNSW), is an international authority on sustainability and environmental management to address land degradation. Her work encompasses the fields of earth observation science, physical geography, environmental monitoring and management. She has a special interest in applications of geospatial technologies for the management and analysis of natural resources. Prior to joining UNSW, Professor Metternicht was Regional Coordinator of Early Warning and Assessment of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) for Latin America and the Caribbean. She also held positions as Professor of Geospatial Systems and Environmental Management (University of South Australia); and as Professor of Spatial Sciences (Curtin University of Technology). Professor Metternicht has published widely in international journals, and acts as a Visiting Professor at environmental institutions around the world. Metternicht holds a PhD in Geography (summa cum laude) from the University of Ghent, Belgium.