Michelle van Vliet is Assistant Professor at the Water Systems and Global Change group of Wageningen University. In her research she focusses on modelling of global change impacts and adaptation on global water stress and cross-sectoral competition for surface waters availability and quality.
She obtained her MSc in physical geography from Utrecht University (2006, with distinction) and holds a PhD in environmental sciences from Wageningen University (December 2012, with distinction). Since 2013, Michelle van Vliet is affiliated as research scholar at IIASA (Austria). She previously received a personal Niels Stensen Fellowship and studied how present and future water constraints may impact global energy security (2014-2015) at IIASA and Princeton University (US). In 2014, she received a personal NWO Veni grant for her research project Quality matters: Including water quality in global water stress projections (2015-2019).
Top 3 publications:
1. van Vliet, M.T.H., Flörke, M., Wada, Y. (2017) Quality matters for water scarcity, Nature Geoscience, 10, 800802, doi:10.1038/ngeo3047
2. van Vliet, M.T.H., D. Wiberg, S. Leduc, K. Riahi (2016), Power-generation system vulnerability and adaptation to changes in climate and water resources, Nature Climate Change 6, 375-380, doi:10.1038/nclimate2903
3. van Vliet, M.T.H., J.R. Yearsley, F. Ludwig, S. Vögele, D. P. Lettenmaier, and P. Kabat (2012) Vulnerability of U.S. and European electricity supply to climate change, Nature Climate Change, 2(9), 676681, doi:10.1038/nclimate1546
Below is a selection of media articles that have covered her research.
International media, amongst which:
- The New York Times blog: "Climate Change Threatens Power Output, Study Says"
- The Washington Post blog: "Even coal and nuclear plants are vulnerable to climate change"
- Scientific American: podcast "How Climate Change May Impact Electricity Supplies"
- USA Today: "Climate change causes nuclear, coal power plant shutdowns"
- The Guardian: "From the Nile to the Amazon, climate change threatens hydropower"
National media, amongst which: