Marjolijn Haasnoot

Climate adaptation

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Dr. Haasnoot is an environmental scientist specialized in water management, integrated assessment modeling and decision making under deep uncertainty. She is a founder of the Dynamic Adaptive Policy Pathways approach. Her current research focuses on (adaptive) delta management and planning, and climate change adaptation. Model based adaptation pathways, fast integrated models and signals for timely adaptation are key tools in this research. Current studies focus on San Francisco, Miami, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. Serious gaming is one of tools she uses to socialize people with decision making under uncertainty and adaptation pathways. Marjolijn is leading the research program on adaptation to climate change and sea level rise, is a member of the leadership team of the Society for Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty, and will be a lead author for the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC. Marjolijn is Associate Professor at University Utrecht.

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

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Working experience

2008 – pres. Deltares Climate adaptation and risk management
2018 - pres Utrecht University Associate prof
2008 – 2013 Delft University of Technology Postdoctoral research: Adaptive delta management: development, acculturation, and dissemination in Bangladesh and Indonesia.
2013 – pres. Femconsult consultants on gender and development, board member
2008 – 2013 Twente University and Utrecht University PhD. research, Perspectives in Integrated Water Resources Management. Sustainable water management in a changing environment.
2007 – 2008 WL | Delft Hydraulics, Inland Water Systems Division, River Basin Management Researchers/advisor water resources management
2002 – 2008 GAIA network of female earth scientists Board Member GAIA, Set-up and coordination of GAIA Ambassadors Network (GAN)
2001 – 2007 WL | Delft Hydraulics Researcher/advisor ecohydrology and environmental modelling
1998 – 2001 RIZA, Institute for Inland Water Management and Waste Water Treatment Water management and groundwater modelling, impacts of climate change
1995-1996 Student Committee Environmental Sciences Co-founding
1995-1997 Education Committee Environmental Sciences Member