Alexei KOURAEV is a project manager and scientific researcher at the Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NIERSC), St. Petersburg, Russia since 1992. He is involved in management of research teams working on various international projects, as well as in studies of environmental (especially marine) pollution and associated problems. 
In 2000 he was awarded a NATO Advanced Science Fellowship through NATO/Norwegian Research Council to do research at the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Bergen, Norway. Currently he is doing research of sea ice and sea level changes using satellite data at the Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees, Toulouse, France in the framework of the European Project AICSEX (Arctic Ice Cover Simulation Experiment).
A. Kouraev's diploma in oceanography (1992) and Ph.D. in geography (1998) are both from the Moscow State Lomonosov University. 
His current interests are coastal research and management, satellite oceanography and hydrology, management of water resources, modelling of water dynamics and transport of pollutants, and Marine Geographic Information Systems.

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