Department of Water and Climate Risk

The department of Water and Climate Risk is a dynamic group of 25 international researchers, faculty members and PhD students within the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) and the Amsterdam Water Science Program (AWS). The department is led by Prof. Jeroen Aerts (Head) and Dr. Philip Ward (Deputy Head).

Our researchers share the same interest in studying hydrological- and climate processes, and how these processes lead to risks and opportunities for society, the economy, and the environment. A defining characteristic of the department is a multidisciplinarity approach, that combines expertise from natural sciences with knowledge from the fields of economics, e-Science and geography.

This approach has led to a unique research portfolio of water and climate risk projects, and the department is a global leading institute in flood and drought risk assessment, and risk management research. The department received the highest possible scientific scores from the 5-yearly national evaluation, and publishes every year in top-ranking journals.

The department’s research is also characterised by a successful integration of research in the policy domain, with a strong integration into Dutch, European, and international networks in the fields of natural hazard risk management (PreventionWeb, UNISDR), climate adaptation and global cities (Connecting Delta Cities, C-40) and global water risk programs from international institutes such as the World Bank and OECD. It also has strong links with industry, including projects with the insurance and reinsurance industries (Risk Prediction Initiative, Munich RE, Achmea, SNS Reaal) and leading international think-tanks (World Resources Institute).


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