Michiel VAN DEN BROEKE is trained as a meteorologist and is currently a professor of Polar Meteorology at Utrecht University. For 25 years he has studied ice-climate interactions, for which he performed fieldwork in Greenland, Antarctica and other glaciated regions. His research group combines results of field experiments, satellite data and regional and global climate models. He has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed literature. In 2015, he was awarded the Louis Agassiz Medal of the European Geosciences Union, and in the same year he became a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher, and contributing author to the 2013 IPCC report chapters on cryospheric changes and sea level rise.