Bart van den Hurk

expert on weather and climate characteristics

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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 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Lead Author of the 6th Assessment report of IPCC. 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

2019 - present Deltares Strategic Research Advisor on weather and climate information
2014 - 2019 KNMI Manager of R&D cluster on weather and climate modelling
1995 - 2014 KNMI Senior scientist on land-atmosphere interaction, regional climate modelling and climate change scenario construction