A. D. Kleshchenko was born in Kurganinsk (Krasnodar region) on January 8, 1942.

After the graduation from the Odessa Hydrometeorological Institute majoring in “Agrometeorology”, he started working in 1963 with the organization and opening of Tsivil’sk agrometeorological station in the Upper Volga Administration of Hydrometeorological Service. In 1964 to 1967 he took the full-time postgraduate course in the branch of the Institute of Applied Geophysics in Obninsk. In 1969 he defended the PhD dissertation in “Meteorology, Climatology, Agrometeorology” based on the study of water regime of crops, evapotranspiration, vegetation transpiration, and soil moisture.

Since 1967 he worked in the Institute of Experimental Meteorology (IEM, Obninsk) and moved to the All-Union (All-Russian) Research Institute of Agricultural Meteorology in 1977, where he occupied posts from the junior scientific officer to the director of the institute (1993–2014); currently he is a chief scientific officer of the Department of Aerospace Research.

Since 1970 he has been occupied with the new area of agrometeorology: with the development of remote methods of underlying surface research. He was one of the organizers and leaders of integrated work on the revelation of quantitative relations between the remote sensing data and ground-based (point) data for assessing the state of agricultural crops.

In 1992 he defended the Doctor’s thesis in this area and became the Doctor of Science (Geography). In 1998 he was appointed professor.

The scope of his scientific interests includes the development of automated agrometeorological systems for monitoring, assessing and forecasting the productivity of major crops by means of interconnecting different types of information based on the geoinformation systems and dynamic models of the growth and development of plants as well as the development of recommendations on the placement of crops based on the agrometeorological, economic, and satellite data taking account of the bioclimatic potential and climate change consequences.

Since 1972 A. D. Kleshchenko has taken part in the work of the WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM) as a member of the management group, the chairman, and a member of expert groups of CAgM, regional associations RA-VI (Europe) and RA-II (Asia), and a head of the Russian delegations at the CAgM sessions.

The results of his scientific research were published in 160 publications (one third, in foreign literature), seven monographs, and the manual for students of higher education institutes (2011, in co-authorship).

A. D. Kleshchenko was given the title of “Honorary Worker of Hydrometeorological Service of Russia” in 1995, “Honorary Geodesist of Russia” in 2001, and “Honored Meteorologist of the Russian Federation” in 2002. In 2013, he was awarded the Order of Friendship. He is a laureate of the A. I. Voeikov Roshydromet Prize (2010).

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