dr. C (Christian) Siderius

dr. C (Christian) Siderius


Christian Siderius is an adaptation and water resources management expert whose research focuses on the influence of climate variability and extremes on peoples vulnerability and adaptation strategies, with specific attention to economic dimensions of flexibility and diversification. He has experience in working with field data, agricultural statistics and with remote sensing data and hydro-economic and hydrological catchment models.

Over the past 12 years he has been involved in several projects focusing on water management in general and adaptation to climate change in specific. He was work package leader in the EU-India research project HighNoon, on the prioritization of adaptation options to changing water resources availability in Northern India, and water resources specialist in APWAM, on improving water productivity in different types of irrigation schemes. He also led a networking project called CASCO on establishing a climate adaptation services community with researchers from the EU and India.

Currently, he works on decision making under uncertainty in central and southern Africa (UMFULA and El Nino projects) at the Grantham institute, LSE, London and he coordinates participatory research on adaptation in different pilot areas in South Asia for the HI-AWARE project at Wageningen.

Next to analysing the more biophysical processes and dynamics at catchment scale, the integration of peoples choices and strategies in land use and water allocation to deal with climate variability and the use of scenarios in integrated water resources management has his special attention. His latest projects include assessments of the hydro-economic implications of achieving food security in the large river basins of Nile and Ganges. For this he further developed and applied the WaterWise tool to study the impact of rainfall variability on food production and water allocation.