Ram Avtar is working as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University, Japan. He got his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He has worked in United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) as a research fellow for four years. He developed methods for forest mapping using multi-sensor remote sensing techniques and scenario analysis for sustainable forest management. His research interest is in applications of Geospatial techniques to monitor terrestrial ecosystem including forest, agriculture, urban and disasters and disseminating the results to policy-makers. Currently, he is working on the synergistic use of remote sensing and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) techniques to monitor environment more precisely to solve environmental issues from global to local scale. He has worked as a Lead Author in Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) expert group on Deliverable 3(c). He is a recipient of prestigious Green Talents Award by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany. He has presented and published numerous research publications including several peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters of international repute, national and international conferences and a monograph to his credit. He led different research projects as a Principal Investigator (PI) as well as a team member such as Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN-GCR) and Belmont Forum.