Prof. Dr. Seyed Kazem Alavipanah received his Master of Science in both remote sensing and GIS and soil salinity in 1995 form University of Gent, Belgium and University of Tarbiat Modarres, Iran. He received his PhD in soil science (Remote Sensing and GIS) in University of Gent, Belgium, in 1997.

Prof. Dr. Alavipanah is now the head of department of Remote Sensing and GIS in University of Tehran. He has received about 10 awards and honors and issued 10 books mainly on RS and GIS, on art and humanities, and also published about 250 articles and conducted more than 20 projects. He is member of International Desertnet. He has membership in EARSeL, the committee of planning for natural resources of Iran, in high council for natural disasters of Iran, in national institute of Iranian elites and editorial board in many journals. He is also a member of Intergovernmental Panel on Soils (ITPS), and coordinator of World Soil Report of Noth East and North Africa, FAO-UN.

Prof. Dr, Alavipanah now as his main expertise is interested in thermal remote sensing with first book published in this field. He has a good understanding and experience in interdisciplinary studies as well as a suitable knowledge about humanities and physical sciences. He has conducted many projects and efforts in environmental change studies and sustainable development planning.

Prepared by
Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS)
Luca Montanarella (Chair), Mohamed Badraoui, Victor Chude, Sayed Kazem Alavi Panah, Elsiddig Ahmed El Mustafa El Sheikh, Jon Hempel, Dan Pennock, Marta Camps Arbestain, Neil McKenzie,...

Editorial board:
Luca Montanarella (Chair), Victor Chude (Africa), Kazuyuki Yagi (Asia), Pavel Krasilnikov
(Europe), Seyed Kazem Alavi Panah (Near East and North Africa), Maria de Lourdes Mendonça-Santos (Latin
America and the Caribbean), Dan Pennock (North America), Neil McKenzie (SW Pacific).

Coordinating Lead Authors and Regional Coordinators/Authors:
Mubarak Abdelrahman Abdalla, Seyed Kazem Alavipanah, André Bationo, Victor Chude, Juan Comerma,...