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Published: October 24, 2014

Eric Lambin wins top environment prize

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The 2014 Volvo Environment Prize has been awarded to Eric Lambin. Lambin was chair of the IGBP-sponsored Land Use and Land-Cover Change (LUCC) project from 1999 to 2005.


Professor Eric Lambin from Stanford University in California and the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium is a remote sensing pioneer who uses in situ and satellite images to understand land use and how humans are changing the planet.


In the words of the prize jury, “Eric Lambin has successfully bridged social, geographical and biophysical disciplines in order to advance the global understanding of land use change and what it means for human wellbeing".


Lambin recently published “An Ecology of Happiness”, to examine the links between nature and wellbeing. He argues preserving nature is not only good for a portfolio of ecosystem services; it is essential for happiness. 


In 2006, Lambin and Helmut Geist edited Land-Use and Land-Cover Change: local processes and global impacts which was a major contribution to the IGBP first synthesis (Springer).


The Volvo Environment Prize was founded in 1988 and has become one of the world’s most prestigious environmental prizes. It is awarded annually to people who have made outstanding scientific discoveries within the area of the environment and sustainable development. The prize of 1.5 million Swedish Kronor (206,000 US dollars) and will be presented at a ceremony in Stockholm on 26 November 2014.


Eric Lambin Stanford School of Earth Sciences

Volvo Environment Prize

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