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Princess Margriet Chair in Climate and Disaster Resilience at ITC, University of Twente.

Director of the international Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.

Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, WGII ch16 ("key risks").

Impact-driven scientist and humanitarian aiming to increase resilience in the face of rising climate risks, especially among the most vulnerable.

Inspiring leader with over 20 years of experience bridging science, policy and practice, from local to global. Recognized influence on humanitarian operations, development investments and international policy at the highest levels. 

Dynamic researcher with a proven track record of initiating cutting-edge research and innovations that have shaped scientific agendas and transformed policy and practice.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (IMAU)


Award Date: 20 Jan 2005

External positions

adjoint Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Palisades NY

Director, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, The Hague, Netherlands


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  • A framework for complex climate change risk assessment

    Simpson, N. P., Mach, K. J., Constable, A., Hess, J., Hogarth, R., Howden, M., Lawrence, J., Lempert, R. J., Muccione, V., Mackey, B., New, M. G., O'Neill, B., Otto, F., Pörtner, H-O., Reisinger, A., Roberts, D., Schmidt, D. N., Seneviratne, S., Strongin, S., van Aalst, M. & 2 others, Totin, E. & Trisos, C. H., 23 Apr 2021, In: One earth. 4, 4, p. 489-501 13 p.

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    7 Citations (Scopus)
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  • Attribution of the Australian bushfire risk to anthropogenic climate change

    Jan Van Oldenborgh, G., Krikken, F., Lewis, S., Leach, N. J., Lehner, F., Saunders, K. R., Van Weele, M., Haustein, K., Li, S., Wallom, D., Sparrow, S., Arrighi, J., Singh, R. K., Van Aalst, M. K., Philip, S. Y., Vautard, R. & Otto, F. E. L., 11 Mar 2021, In: Natural hazards and earth system sciences. 21, 3, p. 941-960 20 p.

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    15 Citations (Scopus)
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  • Defining El Niño indices in a warming climate

    Van Oldenborgh, G. J., Hendon, H., Stockdale, T., L'Heureux, M., Coughlan De Perez, E., Singh, R. & Van Aalst, M., 11 Mar 2021, In: Environmental research letters. 16, 4, p. 1-10 10 p.

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    1 Citation (Scopus)
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  • Pathways and pitfalls in extreme event attribution

    van Oldenborgh, G. J., van der Wiel, K., Kew, S., Philip, S., Otto, F., Vautard, R., King, A., Lott, F., Arrighi, J., Singh, R. & van Aalst, M., 10 May 2021, In: Climatic change. 166, p. 1-27 27 p.

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    2 Citations (Scopus)
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  • The global adaptation mapping initiative (GAMI): Part 1 – Introduction and overview of methods

    Berrang-Ford, L., Lesnikowski, A., Fischer, AP., Siders, A., Mach, KJ., Thomas, A., Callaghan, M., Haddaway, N., Kerr, RB., Biesbroek, R., Bowen, K., Deryng, D., Elliott, S., Ford, J. D., Garschagen, M., Gilmore, E., Harper, S., Hassnoot, M., Lissner, T., Lwasa, S. & 11 others, Magnan, A. K., Minx, J., Morecroft, M., New, M., Coughlan de Perez, E., Reckien, D., Simpson, N., Singh, C., Totin, E., Trisos, C. & van Aalst, M., 5 Feb 2021, In: Protocol Exchange. p. 1-7 7 p.

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