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Guy Ziv is a Lecturer in the School of Geography working on ecosystem modelling and quantifying ecosystem services. He got his MSc in physics and a PhD in biological physics from the Weizmann Insititute of Science, Israel. Dr. Ziv was one of the Lead Scientists and the lead model developer of the Natural Capital Project working in Stanford University, USA. He is experienced in coordinating multi-institutions large coordinated projects, and headed large projects for the US EPA and US Department of Defence.
His role in Ecopotential is leader of WP6 (EO-based ecosystem modelling) and coordinator of task 7.1 in WP7 (Using EO-data for ecosystem services models).