Pavel KABAT is science director and council chair of the Dutch National Climate Research Program and professor and chair holder for earth system science and climate of the Chair Board of the Wageningen Climate Center at Wageningen University and Research Center. He also serves as the co-chair of the International Scientific Steering Committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme project iLEAPS, and as science director of the International Dialogue on Water and Climate and the International Cooperative Programme on Water and Climate. The former editorial board member of Global Environmental Change and Hydrology and Earth System, his recent publications include Climate Proofing the Netherlands and Vegetation, Water, Humans and the Climate: A New Perspective on an Interactive System. Dr. Kabat also served as the lead author at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change from 2004 until 2007, and was both the lead author and review editor for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment from 2004 until 2006. Dr. Kabat holds a Ph.D. in hydrology, water resources, and amelioration and an M.S. in hydrology and water resources.