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Michelle T.H. van Vliet is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with IIASA’s Water (WAT) Program. She is participating in the World Water Scenarios Project and focusses on the ‘water-energy nexus’ (i.e. complex linkages among water and energy security) under future climate and socio-economic changes. Global and regional water assessments of water resources and cross-sectoral water uses are performed with the aim to develop management strategies for sustainable water, food and energy supply under future climate and socio-economic changes.
Dr. van Vliet obtained her MSc in physical geography at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, with a focus on hydrology and climate change. She graduated (‘cum laude’) in 2006 and started working as a hydrologist at the research institute for delta studies, Deltares, the Netherlands. In July 2008, she started her PhD study at the Earth System Science - Climate Change and Adaptive Land and Water Management Group of Wageningen University and Research Centre. Her thesis covers the impacts of climate change on global river flows and water temperatures, and the consequences for cooling water use in the energy sector and freshwater ecosystems. In this study she produced global scenarios of water availability and river water temperature under future climate using the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) hydrological model. These global scenarios where used to address conflicts for water between the energy sector and freshwater ecosystems under future climate. As part of her PhD study, she worked at the Land Surface Hydrology Research Group of University of Washington, United States (summer 2009 and autumn 2010) and collaborated with Prof. Dennis Lettenmaier and his group on the hydrological and water temperature modelling. Dr. van Vliet received her doctoral degree with distinction (‘cum laude’) in December 2012.
Since January 2013, she has been working as a postdoctoral researcher both at IIASA and at Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
Last update: 14-JAN-2013
Gidden M, Byers E, Greve P, Kahil T, Parkinson S, Raptis C, Rogelj J, Satoh Y, et al. (2017). Hydroclimatic risks and uncertainty in the global power sector. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017, 23–28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria.
Fricko O, Parkinson S, Johnson N, Strubegger M, van Vliet MTH, & Riahi K (2017). Energy Sector Adaptation in Response to Water Scarcity. In: IIASA Institutional Evaluation 2017, 27 February-1 March 2017, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
van Vliet M, Sheffield J, Wiberg D, & Wood EF (2016). Impacts of recent drought and warm years on water resources and electricity supply worldwide. Environmental Research Letters 11 (12): e124021. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/11/12/124021.
Parkinson S, Johnson N, Rao N, Jones B, van Vliet M, Fricko O, Djilali N, Riahi K, et al. (2016). Climate and human development impacts on municipal water demand: A spatially-explicit global modeling framework. Environmental Modelling & Software 85: 266-278. DOI:10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.08.002.
Shadkam S, Ludwig F, van Vliet MTH, Pastor A, & Kabat P (2016). Preserving the World Second Largest Hypersaline Lake Under Future Irrigation and Climate Change. In: IDRiM 2016 7th International Conference on Integrated Disaster Risk Management Disasters and Development: Towards a Risk Aware Society, October 1-3, 2016, Isfahan, Islamic Republic of Iran.
van Vliet M, van Beek LPH, Eisner S, Flörke M, Wada Y, & Bierkens MFP (2016). Multi-model assessment of global hydropower and cooling water discharge potential under climate change. Global Environmental Change 40: 156-170. DOI:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.07.007.
Hoang L P, Lauri H, Kummu M, Koponen J, van Vliet M, Supit I, Leemans R, Kabat P, et al. (2016). Mekong River flow and hydrological extremes under climate change. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20 (7): 3027-3041. DOI:10.5194/hessd-12-11651-2015.
Shadkam S, Ludwig F, van Vliet M, Pastor A, & Kabat P (2016). Preserving the world second largest hypersaline lake under future irrigation and climate change. Science of the Total Environment 559: 317-325. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.03.190.
Wada Y, Flörke M, Hanasaki N, Eisner S, Fischer G, Tramberend S, Satoh Y, van Vliet M, et al. (2016). Modeling global water use for the 21st century: Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) initiative and its approaches. Geoscientific Model Development 9: 175-222. DOI:10.5194/gmd-9-175-2016.
van Vliet MTH, Wiberg D, Leduc S, & Riahi K (2016). Power-generation system vulnerability and adaptation to changes in climate and water resources. Nature Climate Change 6 (1): 375-381. DOI:10.1038/nclimate2903.
van Slobbe E, Werners SE, Riquelme-Solar M, Boelscher T, & van Vliet MTH (2016). The future of the Rhine: stranded ships and no more salmon? Regional Environmental Change 16 (1): 31-41. DOI:10.1007/s10113-014-0683-z.
Bogmans CWJ, Dijkema GPJ, & van Vliet M (2016). Adaptation of Thermal Power Plants: the (Ir)relevance of Climate (Change) Information. Energy Economics 62: 1-18. DOI:10.1016/j.eneco.2016.11.012.
Fricko O, Parkinson S, Johnson N, Strubegger M, van Vliet MTH, & Riahi K (2016). Energy sector water use implications of a 2°C climate policy. Environmental Research Letters 11 (3): e034011. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034011.
Raptis CE, van Vliet M, & Pfister S (2016). Global thermal pollution of rivers from thermoelectric power plants. Environmental Research Letters 11 (10): e104011. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/11/10/104011.
van Vliet M & Yearsley JR (2016). Global surface water quality hotspots under climate change and anthropogenic developments. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016, 17–22 April 2016, Vienna, Austria.
Fricko O, Parkinson S, Johnson N, Strubegger M, van Vliet MTH, & Riahi K (2015). Energy Sector Adaptation in Response to Water Scarcity. In: Systems Analysis 2015 - A Conference in Celebration of Howard Raiffa, 11 -13 November, 2015, Laxenburg, Austria.
Cosgrove W, Fischer G, Floerke M, Hizsnyik E, Magnuszewski P, Pahl-Wostl C, Scherzer A, Segrave A, et al. (2015). Towards Innovative Solutions through Integrative Futures Analysis - Preliminary qualitative scenarios. IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-15-012
Magnuszewski P, Wiberg D, Cosgrove W, Fischer G, Floerke M, Hizsnyik E, Pahl-Wostl C, Segrave A, et al. (2015). Conceptual framework for scenarios development in the Water futures and Solutions project. IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-15-011
van Vliet MTH, Ludwig F, & Kabat P (2013). Global streamflow and thermal habitats of freshwater fishes under climate change. Climatic Change 121 (4): 739-754. DOI:10.1007/s10584-013-0976-0.
van Vliet MTH, Voegele S, & Ruebbelke D (2013). Water constraints on European power supply under climate change: Impacts on electricity prices. Environmental Research Letters 8 (3): no.035010. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/8/3/035010.
van Vliet MTH, Franssen WHP, Yearsley JR, Ludwig F, Haddeland I, Lettenmaier DP, & Kabat P (2013). Global river discharge and water temperature under climate change. Global Environmental Change 23 (2): 450-464. DOI:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2012.11.002.
van Vliet MTH, Yearsley JR, Franssen WHP, Ludwig F, Haddeland I, Lettenmaier DP, & Kabat P (2012). Coupled daily streamflow and water temperature modelling in large river basins. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 16 (11): 4303-4321. DOI:10.5194/hess-16-4303-2012.
van Vliet MTH, Yearsley JR, Ludwig F, Voegele S, Lettenmaier DP, & Kabat P (2012). Vulnerability of US and European electricity supply to climate change. Nature Climate Change 2 (9): 676-681. DOI:10.1038/nclimate1546.
Kok K, van Vliet M, Baerlund I, Dubel A, & Sendzimir J (2011). Combining participative backcasting and exploratory scenario development: Experiences from the SCENES project. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 78 (5): 835-851. DOI:10.1016/j.techfore.2011.01.004.
Kok K, van Vliet M, Baerlund I, Sendzimir J, & Dubel A (2010). Pan-European backcasting exercise, enriched with regional perspective, and including a list of short-term policy options. Deliverable 2.10, SCENES (Water Scenarios for Europe and for Neighbouring States), Wageningen University, Netherlands
Kok K, van Vliet M, Baerlund I, Sendzimir J, & Dubel A (2009). First ("first-order") draft of pan-European European storylines - Results from the second pan-European stakeholder workshop. Deliverable 2.6, SCENES (Water Scenarios for Europe and for Neighbouring States), Wageningen University, Netherlands
Lasut A, van Vliet M, Kok K, & Sendzimir J (2008). Review of Regional and Pilot Area Consultations and Consistency of Scenario Development Approaches. Deliverable 2.3, SCENES (Water Scenarios for Europe and for Neighbouring States), Wageningen University, Netherlands
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