Dr. Kari Luojus is the Head of the Satellite Services and Research group at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Finland. Dr. Luojus has over fifteen years of work experience in the field of remote sensing and Earth Observation. Dr. Luojus has been at Finnish Meteorological Institute since 2008, acting as the Head of Group of Satellite Services and Research since 2018. He has participated and led several European Space Agency, national and EU-funded projects (e.g. ESA GlobSnow, FP7 CryoLand and H2020 G3P). He was the project manager for the ESA DUE GlobSnow-1 and GlobSnow-2 projects between 2008 and 2014 which focused on constructing long term essential climate variables concerning terrestrial snow cover. Dr. Luojus is an ESA CIMR Mission Advisory Group member and acts as the co-leader of the WMO Global Cryosphere Watch, Snow Watch team. His research interests include the development of remote sensing techniques for snow cover monitoring and assessment and construction of long term climate records of terrestrial snow cover using Passive microwave, SAR and optical data. Dr. Luojus has been leading the Cryosphere theme of the Copernicus Global Land Monitoring Service since 2016.