Graciela Metternicht is Professor at the University of New South Wales Sydney, with expertise and leadership in applications of geospatial technologies for environmental management and sustainability. Land degradation adviser to the UN Global Environmental Facility (STAP), she is also Deputy Chair of the Australian Academy of Sciences National Committee of Geographical Sciences. Co-leads the Dryland Ecosystems Specialist Group of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management, and is member of the Science Policy Interface of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. 2018 awardee of the President’s International Initiative, Chinese Academy of Science. Past appointments include Regional Coordinator of Early Warning and Assessment at UN Environment.