Pietro Ceccato works at SPACEBEL, Liège, Belgium where he is in charge of developing applications of EO. Previously, he was a senior research scientist and professor at Columbia University, USA where he lead the Environmental Monitoring Program. He has also worked at the NRI in UK, where he developed EO products to monitor forest fires; at the EC Joint Research Centre (Italy) to develop new products to monitor vegetation status; and at the UN FAO in Rome to develop EW systems for desert locust.