Norberto Fernandez is the Head of the Early Warning and Observing Systems Section at UNEP’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA).
Fernandez joined UNEP in 1991 as the Manager of the GRID (Global Resource Information Database) Nairobi facility. In 1994 he moved to UNEP’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), then in Mexico City, to start the DEWA’s Regional Programme with responsibilities to implement UNEP’s integrated environmental assessment, reporting and data and information management activities in the region. There he co-ordinated the preparation of the first GEO LAC report as well as several national level state-of-the-environment reports, which bring scientific assessments and early warning to policy decision making. He also served as Secretary of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of LAC from 1996 to 1999.
In 2001 he returned to UNEP Headquarters to work in early warning of environmental emerging issues, and the utilisation of data from Earth observing systems data to support decision making. He co-ordinated the preparation of the UNEP’s GEO Yearbook report 2007.
Before joining UNEP, Fernandez was the Resource Information Manager at Purdue University’s Laboratory for the Application of Remote Sensing (LARS) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Buenos Aires–Faculty of Agronomy.
Fernandez is a holder of Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Soil Science and Remote Sensing from Purdue University, USA, and an Agronomic Engineer degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is the author and co-author of numerous peer-reviewed and other technical publications in relevant journals and technical magazines.