Andrey G. Kostianoy is a Chief Scientist at the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences, in Moscow, Russia. He is a specialist in physical oceanography and satellite remote sensing. His research has focused on satellite monitoring, oceanography, regional climate change and environmental problems of the Black, Caspian, Aral, and Baltic seas. He is Vice-President of the International Association "Modelenvironment" (Liege University, Belgium), member of the Russian National Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), Honorary Member of the Environmental Ocean Team (UK/Italy), Chair of the Technical Committee of International Water Technology Association (Egypt), Lead Author in Chapter 3 “Observations: Oceans” in WGI of IPCC AR5. He is a member of the editorial boards of renowned scientific journals focusing on water technology and marine systems and Editor-in-Chief of the Springer book series “The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry”.