Eric F. Lambin is a Professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. He was previously Assistant Professor at Boston University and Expert for the European Commission at the Joint Research Center (Ispra). He has been Chair of the Land-Use and Land-Cover Change (LUCC) program of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). The research interests of Eric Lambin include the monitoring of land-cover changes by remote sensing, and the modeling of land-use changes and some of their impacts on coupled human-environment systems. Eric Lambin has published extensively in leading scientific journals in remote sensing, geography and environmental sciences. In 2002-2003, he was resident for one year as Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, California, USA.