The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology was founded in 1855 and is the leading Swiss university in the areas of natural sciences and engineering. The Institute of Atmospheric and Climate Science at ETH Zurich has long and wide-ranging expertise in atmospheric physics and chemistry, climate research, and hydrology. The institute has a staff of about 130 researchers, technicians and Ph.D. students. The Chair of Land-Climate interactions investigates the role of land surface processes in the climate system using global (COSMOS) and regional (COSMO-CLM) climate models, land surface models (CLM, TerraLM), diagnostic estimates, ground and satellite observations, and field measurements. Climate model evaluation with respect to land surface processes and land-climate interactions belongs to the core expertise of the research group.