Frank  Selten

Frank Selten

Climate research scientist
R&D Weather and Climate Modeling

About me

Frank Selten graduated at Technical University in Eindhoven in physics (1989). In his PhD work in the Predictability Group of KNMI under supervision of prof. dr. ir. H. Tennekes and J.D. Opsteegh he developed a novel methodology to model large-scale atmospheric dynamics (1995). Since then he worked as a climate research scientist at KNMI (and during visits to NCAR (Boulder), ICTP (Triëste) and Université Louvain La Neuve) on a variety of topics: the development of intermediate complexity climate models (EC-Bilt and SPEEDO), the study of decadal climate variability focussing on ocean-atmosphere interactions, understanding climate change signals in global climate models, application of dynamical systems theory concepts in climate (weather regimes, unstable periodic orbits), development of new statistical methods (optimal autocorrelation functions, skewness modes), study of cloud-climate interactions and model evaluation using cloud simulators (COSP), stochastic modeling of atmospheric convection, development of the global climate model EC-Earth, the study of climate extremes using large climate model ensembles, development of a novel multi-model ensemble forecasting technique called supermodeling (SUMO), the study of the relation between extreme climate impacts and the climate. He is a regular guest lecturer on the general circulation and climate modeling, co-supervises PhD students and postdocs and has received research grants from the Netherlands Science Foundation (NWO) and the European Union.


STERCP (EU): supermodeling in collaboration with University of Bergen (PhD student Francine Schevenhoven); PRIMAVERA (EU): impact of resolution on the European hydrological cycle (master student Sem Vijverberg); HIWAVES3 (NWO, JPI-Belmont): high impact extreme events and teleconnections (postdoc Karin van der Wiel); KNMI scenario’s: internal KNMI project on the construction of the next KNMI climate scenario’s for the Netherlands


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