Who am I?

Previous participants panel
ASP Summer Colloquium 2014
Michael Glotter
Saskia van Pelt
Scott Steinschneider
Selma Guerreiro
Saskia van Pelt
PhD thesis
• Downscaling large ensemble GCM to
sub basin level for hydrological
• Role of internal variability compared
to model uncertainty for extreme
rainfall and high water levels using
17 member ECHAM5 ensemble
• Assessing economical damage for
two cities in Germany in case of
Phd - Postdoc
• Communicating about
uncertainties to water
managers using a simulation
o Local climate services, 26 case
studies in different European
o Evaluated the experience of
research institutes and stakeholders
What I learned/gained from the
2012 workshop
• Wide variety of subjects, speakers and participants
• Each discipline has its own view
• Interpretation of climate change uncertainty
• New ideas for my own research
• Network
Where am I now
• Start-up company
• Operational weather
products to assess risk of
extreme weather (also in
relation to hydrology)
• Multinationals in remote
areas with sensitivity to
weather in supply chain
• Give advice on climate
Who am I?
• Researcher in hydrology and
climate change impacts at
Newcastle University
• Environmental engineering
degree in 2005
• Worked in hydrology in the
private sector for six years
• PhD in Newcastle University
What was I doing?
PhD in:
“Water resources and drought in international
Iberian river basins under future climates”.
Looking at future
changes in:
• Rainfall
• Droughts
• Change factor
and quantile
• Discharges
What did I learn?
• The importance of accounting for
uncertainty when planning adaptation
to climate change
• The need to re-think how we use
climate projections in the impact
What did I learn?
• How different thinks can be in
different research fields
careful with assumptions!
• Interdisciplinarity is
challenging but fundamental!
What am I doing now?
13 institutions across 8 European countries:
European research
My contribution:
to develop a high level analysis of the
impacts of climate change in
flooding, droughts and heat waves in
European cities
Activity: main challenges when working with other
• Groups per area of research/colour
• Questions to think about may include:
Whose outputs (in the general sense) do you use? Who could use your
outputs? Who do (could) you work with?
Are there problems in interdisciplinary communication? Do you
Are there problems in getting or passing along data/information?
Do you think your work is being “misused” in other areas? Could you
be misusing someone else’s work?
What would make working with other disciplines easier?
• What are the 3 main points you would like to discuss?
Group’s output

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