About Bart van den Hurk

Prof Bart van den Hurk is an expert in the field of weather and climate information. Prior to his affiliation to Deltares he spent ~23 years at the Dutch Meteorological Institute, working on climate change scenarios, land-atmosphere interaction, and leading a research team on weather and climate modelling. He has been engaged in many activities in which complex climate information was aggregated and tailored to societal sectors and problems yet remaining engaged in the physical modelling of weather and climate phenomena in complex numerical models. He is Professor in the field of Interaction between Climate and the Socio-ecological system at VU University Amsterdam, and Lead Author of the 6th Assessment report of IPCC. For the next (7th) Assessment report Bart has been elected co-chair of Working Group II, which focuses on the impact of climate change, adaptation, and vulnerability.

He coordinated European research projects on soil moisture data assimilation, climate services for the water sector, and effects of global climate features on European socio-economical impacts. He joined international expert teams on land-atmosphere interaction, on the development of storylines to communicate climate change information, the analysis of compound events, and the application of forecast based financing of preventive disaster relief measures in developing countries. He has a large national and international scientific and public network and has had frequent media performances on climate and extreme weather topics.

Working experience

  1. IPCC

    Co-chair Working Group II

    2023 - present
  2. Deltares

    Co-chair Scientific Council

    2021 - present
  3. Deltares

    Strategic Research Advisor on weather and climate information

    2019 - present
  4. KNMI

    Manager of R&D cluster on weather and climate modelling

    2014 - 2019
  5. KNMI

    Senior scientist on land-atmosphere interaction, regional climate modelling and climate change scenario construction

    1995 - 2014

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