Director, Centre for Remote Sensing Methods of Natural Resource Studies
In 1975, Aleksandr Kirsanov graduated from the Department of Geomorphology of Geographical Faculty in Leningrad State University.
From 1975 to 2001, he worked at the Russian (All-Union) Research Institute of Space and Airborne Geological Methods (until 1986, the Laboratory of Airborne Methods of the USSR Mingeo) as an engineer, junior researcher, senior researcher, head of a sector (1986–1989), head of the aerospace geological department (1989-1991), Deputy Director for Science (1991–2001). Since 2001, he has been working at VSEGEI as the Head of the Remote Sensing Survey Sector, and since 2008, as Director of the VSEGEI Centre for Remote Sensing Methods of Natural Resource Studies.
Mr. Kirsanov has a degree of candidate in geography.
Was awarded with the Medal of the Order of Merit to the Fatherland 2nd class,, (2007), the Medal "In Memory of the 300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg" (2003), the Honorary Explorer (1999) and Excellent Explorer (1994) Badges, the Jubilee Badge “300th Anniversary of the Mining and Geological Survey of Russia”, the Diploma of the Russian Geological Society (2011), the Silver Medal of VDNKh for the Implementation of Scientific Developments on the Use of Remote Sensing Methods for Oil and Gas Exploration.
In 1986, the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing awarded A. Kirsanov with the Eduard Dolezhal Prize for significant contribution to the development of remote sensing and geoinformation systems in Russia. Mr. Kirsanov has over 130 scientific publications, including about 50 of them published in foreign editions.