Richard  Bintanja

Richard Bintanja

Climate research scientist
R&D Weather and Climate Modeling

About me

Richard Bintanja graduated at Utrecht University in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography (1990). He received his PhD on the subject Antarctic meteorology and climatology (1995), supervised by prof. dr. J. Oerlemans. His scientific career focuses on the climate of both polar regions, which at first involved meteorological/glaciological observations during various field campaigns to the north and south polar regions, then through modelling of paleo ice sheets over time spans up to 3 million years, and currently using state-of-the-art climate models to quantify and understand future polar climate change. He is the recipient of various scholarships and research grants, among which the PULS-scholarship (predecessor of the current NWO–VENI) in 1999. He has published his work in about 100 scientific articles (see publications below), among which eight times in high-profile journals such as Nature. As of 2017 he is a honorary professor at Groningen University in the field of Climate and Environmental Change. He currently (co)supervises a number of master students, PhD-students and postdocs, and he is the Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Meteorologica. He is also a writer of fiction, and has so far published five novels and a collection of short stories; his sixth novel will be published in 2019.


Richard Bintanja’s research focuses on climate (change) in the Arctic region, including hydrological changes, and on the impacts and interactions with aspects of the global carbon cycle and the associated climate response. Recent projects include QUASI (2010-2016), in which Arctic feedbacks and variability were evaluated and quantified, CLIMARC (2014-2018) which addresses the potential impact of Arctic climate change and feedbacks on midlatitude weather and climate, HiWAVES3 (2016-2020), which evaluates the impact of climate extremes (e.g. heat waves, droughts) on crop yields, including the effect of Arctic-midlatitude teleconnections, and PRIMAVERA (2016-2020) in which high-resolution climate models will be used to accurately assess the climate response in the Arctic and the effect on midlatitude weather. He is also involved in the coordination and development of the state-of-the-art global climate model and Earth System Model EC-Earth, which is a coordinated effort of ±30 institutes in 12 European countries, in the framework of the forthcoming CMIP6 and C4MIP.


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