Prof. Dr. Juerg Luterbacher, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, is Chair for Climatology, Climate Dynamics and Climate Change at the University of Giessen and former Director of the Department of Geography. He received his PhD in climate sciences from the University of Bern, Switzerland. His research is devoted towards a better understanding of past, present and future hydrological changes and temperature variations in Eurasia, the Arctic and Asia and the role of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. With his interdisciplinary approaches, he also studies the effects and influences of solar changes, tropical eruptions, land use changes and anthropogenic climate change on societies and their capacities to cope with extreme climate conditions. Another focus deals with novel statistical methods to downscale future extremes to local scales with potential applications for various stakeholders and provide climate services for different users. He was a lead author in the IPCC 5th assessment report chapter 5 “Information from Paleoclimate Archives”. He has more than 170 peer-reviewed publications, including Science and Nature.