About Marjolijn Haasnoot

Dr. Marjolijn Haasnoot is an environmental scientist specializing in water management, integrated assessment modeling and decision making under high uncertainty. She is the founder of the Dynamic Adaptive Policy Pathways approach. Her current research focuses on adaptive delta management and climate change adaptation.

She has conducted research around the world, including the United States, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Vietnam and New Zealand. And for the Dutch government (Delta Commissioner and Ministry of IenW), Marjolijn has led research projects on the consequences of sea level rise. Marjolijn is a member of the Science Council of Deltares, she also leads the scientific expert group 'Society for Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty', and is lead author for the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC.

Marjolijn is also an associate professor at Utrecht University.

In March 2023, Marjolijn was appointed a member of the Scientific Climate Council of the Netherlands. This advisory body provides the government with solicited and unsolicited advice on climate policy.

Specialties: water management, environmental modeling, decision-making under uncertainty, climate adaptation trajectories, adaptation to sea level rise, deltas and coastal cities.

Working experience

  1. Education Committee Environmental Sciences


  2. Student Committee Environmental Sciences


  3. RIZA, Institute for Inland Water Management and Waste Water Treatment

    Water management and groundwater modelling, impacts of climate change

    1998 – 2001
  4. WL | Delft Hydraulics

    Researcher/advisor ecohydrology and environmental modelling

    2001 – 2007
  5. GAIA network of female earth scientists

    Board Member GAIA, Set-up and coordination of GAIA Ambassadors Network (GAN)

    2002 – 2008
  6. WL | Delft Hydraulics, Inland Water Systems Division, River Basin Management

    Researchers/advisor water resources management

    2007 – 2008
  7. Twente University and Utrecht University

    PhD. research, Perspectives in Integrated Water Resources Management. Sustainable water management in a changing environment.

    2008 – 2013
  8. Femconsult

    Consultants on gender and development, board member

    2013 – present
  9. Delft University of Technology

    Postdoctoral research: Adaptive delta management: development, acculturation, and dissemination in Bangladesh and Indonesia.

    2008 – 2013
  10. Utrecht University

    Associate professor

    2018 - present
  11. Deltares

    Climate adaptation and risk management

    2008 – present

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