Michael Obersteiner is the principle investigator and scientific coordinator of a number of scientific global land-use projects at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria and at the Secretariat of the Group on Earth Observations in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously he was a visiting scientist at the Institute for Economics and Industrial Organization at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk, Russia. Prior to this he was a Fullbright Research Assistant at the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, working in the area of eco-physiological responses of plant stress.
Dr. Obersteiner has been a consultant to a number of national and international organizations, including inter alia the European Commission, OECD, and Worldbank. He is author of over 150 scientific papers and consultancy reports in the fields of land-use and decision sciences.
Dr. Obersteiner received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Forestry at the University of Agriculture and Forestry in Vienna, Austria and an M.phil from the Joint Ph.D. Program in Economics, from both Columbia University and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, Austria.