Dr. Juerg Luterbacher is Chair for Climatology, Climate Dynamics and Climate Change and the former Director of the Department of Geography at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany. He received his PhD in climate sciences from the University of Bern, Switzerland. His research is devoted to better understanding of past, present and future hydrological changes, temperature variations and extremes in Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia. 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. He also worked on biogeographical aspects including grassland dynamics and the quantification of the influence of weather extremes and increasing CO2. Another aspect is the study of wind power potential in the Aegean Sea. He was lead author in the IPCC 5th assessment report and has more than 180 peer-reviewed publications.