Prof. Dr Bart van den Hurk

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Prof. Bart van den Hurk is professor of “Climate Interactions with the Socio-Ecological System” wihtin the Seciton Water and Climate Risk. Bart has a PhD on land surface modelling, obtained in Wageningen in 1996. Since then he has developed a scientific career at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) as researcher, involved in studies addressing modelling land surface processes in regional and global climate models, data assimilation of soil moisture, and constructing regional climate change scenarios. Much of his research deals with understanding and diagnosing the degree to which land surface processes affect the regional climate, both via direct interaction with the overlying atmosphere, and via effects on the regional atmospheric circulation

Currently he is strongly involved with the KNMI global modelling project EC-Earth, and is co-author of the land surface modules of the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). Bart is leading the development of the Dutch National Climate Change Scenarios, and is lead author of the scientific documentation and part of the analysis of the climate scenarios. Bart is furthermore, theme coordinator of the theme Climate Scenarios in the Dutch research program Climate Changes Spatial Planning (BSIK KvR). In addition, he has coordinated a project dealing with creation of tailored climate scenarios for different stakeholders, ranging from Agriculture to Insurance

Selected Publications


Hurk, B.J.J.M. van den, G.J. van Oldenborgh, G. Lenderink, W. Hazeleger, R. Haarsma and H. de Vries, Drivers of mean climate change around the Netherlands derived from CMIP5

Clim. Dyn., 2014, 42, 1683-1697, doi:10.1007/s00382-013-1707-y.

Bakker, A.M.R., B.J.J.M. van den Hurk and J.P. Coelingh, Decomposition of the windiness index in the Netherlands for the assessment of future long-term wind supply. Wind Energy, 2013, 16, 6, 927-938, doi: 10.1002/we.1534.

Hurk, B.J.J.M. van den, P. Braconnot, V. Eyring, P. Friedlingstein, P. Gleckler, R. Knutti and J. Teixeira, Assessing the reliability of climate models, CMIP5 In Climate Science for Serving Society, J. Hurrell (Ed), 2012, AGU Monographs In Climate Science for Serving Society, J. Hurrell (Ed), 2012, AGU Monographs

Hazeleger, W., X. Wang, C. Severijns, S. Stefanescu, R. Bintanja, A. Sterl, K. Wyser, T. Semmler, S. Yang, B. van den Hurk, T. van Noije, E. van der Linden and K. van der Wiel, EC-Earth V2.2: description and validation of a new seamless Earth system prediction model . Clim. Dyn., 2012, 39, 2611-2629, doi:10.1007/s00382-011-1228-5.

Hurk, B.J.J.M. van den, F. Doblas-Reyes, G. Balsamo, R.D. Koster, S.I. Seneviratne and H. Camargo Jr, Soil moisture effects on seasonal temperature and precipitation forecast scores in Europe. Clim. Dyn., 2012, doi:10.1007/s00382-012-1313-4.

Hurk, B.J.J.M. van den and E. van Meijgaard, Diagnosing land-atmosphere interaction from a regional climate model simulation over West Africa . J. Hydrometeor., 2010, 11, 467-481, doi:10.1175/2009JHM1173.1.

Hurk, B.J.J.M. van den, J. Ettema and P. Viterbo, Analysis of soil moisture changes in Europe during a single growing season in a new ECMWF soil moisture assimilation system. J. Hydrometeor., 2008, 9, 116-131.

Hurk, B.J.J.M. van den, A.M.G. Klein Tank, G. Lenderink, A. van Ulden, G.J. van Oldenborgh, C. Katsman, H. van den Brink, F. Keller, J. Bessembinder, G. Burgers, G. Komen, W. Hazeleger and S. Drijfhout, New climate change scenarios for the Netherlands Water Science and Technology, 2007, 56, 4, 27-33, doi:10.2166/wst.2007.533.

Hurk, B.J.J.M. van den, M. Hirschi, C. Schaer, G. Lenderink, E. van Meijgaard, A. van Ulden, B. Rockel, S. Hagemann, L.P. Graham, E. Kjellstroem and R. Jones, Soil Control on Runoff Response to Climate Change in Regional Climate Model Simulations J. Climate, 2005, 18, 3536-3551.

Hurk, B.J.J.M. van den, P. Viterbo and S. Los, Impact of Leaf Area Index seasonality on annual land surface evaporation in a Global Circulation Model. J. Geophys. Res., 2003, 108, 4191-4199.

Hurk, B.J.J.M. van den and P. Viterbo, The Torne-Kalix PILPS2E experiment as testbed for modifications to the ECMWF land surface scheme. Global and Planetary Change, 2003, 38, 165-173.

Ancillary activities

KNMI - Manager Onderzoek De Bilt, 01 september 1995
NWO - Commissielid Gebiedsbestuur ALW Den Haag, 01 juni 2009
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017