Prof. Massimo Menenti is an internationally renowned scientist in the fields of earth observation and global terrestrial water cycle.  His outstanding achievements have been attained in the aspects of surface parameter retrievals from remote sensing, remote sensing-based evapotranspiration (ET) estimation, time series analysis of remote sensing products, and the application of remote sensing technology in hydrology and climate models. He is one of the earliest researchers in using laser radar technology to measure surface aerodynamic roughness. He initiated the use of time series analysis techniques to extract information from satellite data. He presented the surface energy balance index (SEBI) theory for ET estimation, which is the prototype of the following S-SEBI, SEBS and SEBAL models. He held senior research positions in The Netherlands, France, USA and Italy and has coordinated many large European projects with participants from Europe, Asia, America and Africa.