Luis Samaniego is the deputy head of the Computational Hydrosystems Department at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and group leader of the Stochastic and Land Surface group. His research focuses on the application of multiscale parameter regionalization techniques to land surface models and their application on monitoring, forecasting and prediction of hydrological extremes from regional to global scales. He is the chief developer of the mesoscale Hydrologic Model and co-developer of the German Drought Monitor. Currently, he coordinates the project ULYSSES -a global and multi-model hydrological prediction system- commissioned by the Copernicus Climate Change Service and implemented by the ECMWF. He is member of the American and the European Geophysical Unions and has served as Associated Editor of WRR since 2010.