Dr. Peng Gong is Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth System Science, Dean of School of Sciences and Vice Chair of the Academic Committee, at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China). Before joining Tsinghua, he had taught in the Department of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary (Canada) between 1991 and 1994, and was faculty in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley (USA) between 1994 and 2015. In 2000, he founded the International Institute for Earth System Science at Nanjing University (China) and in 2004, he served as the founding director of the State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science, jointly sponsored by the Institute of Remote Sensing Applications of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing Normal University. His major research interests include mapping, monitoring and modeling of global environmental change, and modelling of environmentally related infectious diseases. He is the author/co-author of over 500 articles and 7 books. From 2004 to 2006, he was one of the nine members on the Board of Overseas Advisors to the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. He won the distinguished teacher award from Beijing, the 1994 Talbot Abraham Grand Award from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the 2008 Recipient of Outstanding Contribution Award in Remote Sensing from the Association of American Geographers and one of the 10 Outstanding Authors Award in 2016 from the Joint Board of Science China and Scientific Bulletin.