After obtaining his degree in Environmental Sciences with specialization in Agriculture from the University of Milan, with a dissertation on mapping the correlation between scarcity of natural resources and conflicts in Kenya, Simone Rossi followed an international Master course on GIS and Remote Sensing at the Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare (IAO - Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in Florence, with fieldwork on mapping land suitability for different crops in a rural area in Tunisia. He then moved back to Milan to do his PhD jointly with the CNR-IREA (National Research Council of Italy, Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment) and the University of Milan, developing an operational approach to monitor crop water needs at the regional scale integrating Earth Observation data and spatially-distributed meteorological data. After the PhD, Simone worked for three years at the JRC within the European Drought Observatory, mainly on the use of Remote Sensing and spatial data for the operational drought monitoring. In 2010 Simone moved to the FAO in Rome, and worked in developing the FAOSTAT Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Database. He then joined again the JRC in 2014 to work on GHG emissions estimations, inventories, and policy support within the Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry (LULUCF) sector.