prof.dr. M.K. van Aalst (Maarten)

Full Professor

About Me

Princess Margriet Chair in Climate and Disaster Resilience at ITC, University of Twente.

Director of the international Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.

Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, WGII ch16 ("key risks").

Impact-driven scientist and humanitarian aiming to increase resilience in the face of rising climate risks, especially among the most vulnerable.

Over 20 years of experience bridging science, policy and practice, from local to global. Recognized influence on humanitarian operations, development investments and international policy at the highest levels. 


Earth & Environmental Sciences
Climate Change
Social Sciences
Climate Change
Red Cross
Business & Economics

Ancillary Activities

  • Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
  • NWO
    NWO WOTRO Steering Group
  • Columbia University, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
    adjoint Senior Research Scientist
  • Climate Risk Management (Elsevier)
  • International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
    Member of Board of Trustees
  • IIED-Europe
    Supervisory Board
  • European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change




Bazo, J., Coughlan de Perez, E., Jacome, G., Mantilla, K., Destrooper, M. , & Van Aalst, M. K. (2021). Anticipation mechanism for cold wave: Forecast based financing a case study in the Peruvian Andes. Frontiers in Climate, 3, 1-12. [747906]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fclim.2021.747906
Jan Van Oldenborgh, G., Krikken, F., Lewis, S., Leach, N. J., Lehner, F., Saunders, K. R., Van Weele, M., Haustein, K., Li, S., Wallom, D., Sparrow, S. , Arrighi, J., Singh, R. K. , Van Aalst, M. K., Philip, S. Y., Vautard, R., & Otto, F. E. L. (2021). Attribution of the Australian bushfire risk to anthropogenic climate change. Natural hazards and earth system sciences, 21(3), 941-960. https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-941-2021
van Oldenborgh, G. J., van der Wiel, K., Kew, S., Philip, S., Otto, F., Vautard, R., King, A., Lott, F. , Arrighi, J., Singh, R. , & van Aalst, M. (2021). Pathways and pitfalls in extreme event attribution. Climatic change, 166, 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-021-03071-7
Simpson, N. P., Mach, K. J., Constable, A., Hess, J., Hogarth, R., Howden, M., Lawrence, J., Lempert, R. J., Muccione, V., Mackey, B., New, M. G., O'Neill, B., Otto, F., Pörtner, H-O., Reisinger, A., Roberts, D., Schmidt, D. N., Seneviratne, S., Strongin, S., ... Trisos, C. H. (2021). A framework for complex climate change risk assessment. One earth, 4(4), 489-501. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2021.03.005
Berrang-Ford, L., Lesnikowski, A., Fischer, AP., Siders, A., Mach, KJ., Thomas, A., Callaghan, M., Haddaway, N., Kerr, RB., Biesbroek, R., Bowen, K., Deryng, D., Elliott, S., Ford, J. D., Garschagen, M., Gilmore, E., Harper, S., Hassnoot, M., Lissner, T. , ... van Aalst, M. (2021). The global adaptation mapping initiative (GAMI): Part 1 – Introduction and overview of methods. Protocol Exchange, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.pex-1240/v1
Araos, M., Jagannathan, K., Shukla, R., Ajibade, I., Coughlan de Perez, E., Davis, K., Ford, J. D., Galappaththi, E. K., Grady, C., Hudson, A. J., Joe, E. T., Kirchhoff, C. J., Lesnikowski, A., Nagle Alverio, G., Nielsen, M., Orlove, B., Pentz, B. , Reckien, D., Siders, A. R., ... Turek-Hankins, L. L. (2021). Equity in human adaptation-related responses: A systematic global review. One earth, 4(10), 1454-1467. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2021.09.001
Luu, L. N., Scussolini, P., Kew, S., Philip, S., Hariadi, M. H., Vautard, R., Van Mai, K., Van Vu, T., Truong, K. B., Otto, F., Van Der Schrier, G. , Van Aalst, M. K., & Van Oldenborgh, G. J. (2021). Attribution of typhoon-induced torrential precipitation in Central Vietnam, October 2020. Climatic change, 169(3-4), 1-22. [24]. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-021-03261-3
Tozier De La Poterie, A., Clatworthy, Y., Easton-calabria, E., Coughlan De Perez, E., Lux, S. , & Van Aalst, M. (2021). Managing multiple hazards: lessons from anticipatory humanitarian action for climate disasters during COVID-19. Climate and development, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2021.1927659
Sitati, A., Joe, E., Pentz, B., Grayson, C. , Jaime Sanchez, M. C., Gilmore, E., Galappaththi, E., Hudson, A., Alverio, G. N., Mach, K. J. , van Aalst, M., Simpson, N., Schwerdtle, P. N., Templeman, S., Zommers, Z., Ajibade, I., Chalkasra, L. S. S., Umunay, P., Togola, I., ... Coughlan de Perez, E. (2021). Climate change adaptation in conflict-affected countries: A systematic assessment of evidence. Discover Sustainability, 2, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s43621-021-00052-9
Fischer, AP., Callaghan, M., Berrang-Ford, L., Nielsen, M., Sotnik, G., Canosa, IV., Villaverde Canosa, I., Haddaway, N., Biesbroek, R., Harper, S., Minx, J. C., ECd, P. , Reckien, D. , & van Aalst, M. (2021). The global adaptation mapping initiative (GAMI): Part 2 – Screening protocol. Protocol Exchange, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.pex-1241/v1
Van Oldenborgh, G. J., Hendon, H., Stockdale, T., L'Heureux, M., Coughlan De Perez, E., Singh, R. , & Van Aalst, M. (2021). Defining El Niño indices in a warming climate. Environmental research letters, 16(4), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abe9ed
Zommers, Z., Marbaix, P., Fischlin, A., Ibrahim, Z. Z., Grant, S., Magnan, A. K., Pörtner, H., Howden, M., Calvin, K., Warner, K., Thiery, W., Sebesvari, Z., Davin, E. L., Evans, J. P., Rosenzweig, C., O’neill, B. C., Patwardhan, A., Warren, R. , Van Aalst, M., & Hulbert, M. (2020). Burning embers: towards more transparent and robust climate-change risk assessments. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, 1(10), 516-529. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43017-020-0088-0
Lopez, A., Coughlan de Perez, E., Bazo, J., Suarez, P., van den Hurk, B. , & van Aalst, M. (2020). Bridging forecast verification and humanitarian decisions: A valuation approach for setting up action-oriented early warnings. Weather and climate extremes, 27, [100167]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wace.2018.03.006
Philip, S., Kew, S., van Oldenborgh, G. J., Otto, F., Vautard, R., van der Wiel, K., King, A., Lott, F., Arrighi, J., Singh, R. , & van Aalst, M. (2020). A protocol for probabilistic extreme event attribution analyses. Advances in Statistical Climatology, Meteorology and Oceanography, 6(2), 177-203. https://doi.org/10.5194/ascmo-6-177-2020
Vautard, R. , Van Aalst, M., Boucher, O., Drouin, A., Haustein, K., Kreienkamp, F., Van Oldenborgh, G. J., Otto, F. E. L., Ribes, A., Robin, Y., Schneider, M., Soubeyroux, J. M., Stott, P., Seneviratne, S. I., Vogel, M. M., & Wehner, M. (2020). Human contribution to the record-breaking June and July 2019 heatwaves in Western Europe. Environmental research letters, 15(9), 1-9. [094077]. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aba3d4
Singh, R. K., Arrighi, J., Coughlan de Perez, E., Warrick, O., Suarez, P., Koelle, B., Jjemba, E. , van Aalst, M. K., Roberts, D. C., Pörtner, H. O., & Jones, R. G. (2019). International Conference on Climate Risk Management, inputs for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report. Climate and development, 11(8), 655-658. https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2018.1521331
Coughlan de Perez, E. , van Aalst, M., Choularton, R., van den Hurk, B., Mason, S., Nissan, H., & Schwager, S. (2019). From rain to famine: assessing the utility of rainfall observations and seasonal forecasts to anticipate food insecurity in East Africa. Food security, 11(1), 57-68. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-018-00885-9
De Perez, E. C. , Van Aalst, M., Bischiniotis, K., Mason, S., Nissan, H., Pappenberger, F., Stephens, E., Zsoter, E., & Van Den Hurk, B. (2018). Global predictability of temperature extremes. Environmental research letters, 13(5), [054017]. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aab94a
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Courses Academic Year  2020/2021


Princess Margriet Chair in Climate and Disaster Resilience at ITC, University of Twente.

Director of the international Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.

Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Internationally recognised expert on climate and disaster risk and resilience. Active in science, policy and practice.


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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC (building no. 75), room 5-042
Hengelosestraat 99
7514AE  Enschede
The Netherlands

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ITC  5-042
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7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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