Karin van der Wiel

www.karinvanderwiel.nl | wiel@knmi.nl | +31 (0)30 2206 783




Hi, I'm Karin.

I work as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

My general research interests include atmospheric dynamics, atmosphere-ocean interactions, extreme events, regional weather and the impact of weather on society. Most of my research focuses is on how internal climate variability and climate change might impact these topics.

I hope to contribute to increasing our understanding of Earth’s weather and climate in a way that is useful for society.

Please be in contact with any questions, requests for PDFs of publications or anything else.


Research projects

Extreme precipitation

Mild weather

Diagonal convergence zones


Converging sea breezes


Publications

In review/in press

xv. S Philip, S Sparrow, SF Kew, K van der Wiel, N Wanders, R Singh, A Hassan, K Mohammed, H Javid, K Haustein, FEL Otto, F Hirpa, RH Rimi, AKM Saiful Islam, DCH Wallom, and GJ van Oldenborgh: Attributing the 2017 Bangladesh floods from meteorological and hydrological perspectives. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions. Open review until 18 September.

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Peer-reviewed

xiv. K van der Wiel, SB Kapnick, GA Vecchi, JA Smith, PCD Milly, L Jia (2018): 100-yr Lower-Mississippi floods in a global climate model: characteristics and future changes. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 19, pp. 1547-1563.

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xiii. L Krishnamurthy, GA Vecchi, X Yang, K van der Wiel, V Balaji, SB Kapnick, L Jia, F Zeng, K Paffendorf, S Underwood (2018): Causes and probability of occurrence of extreme precipitation events like Chennai 2015. Journal of Climate, 31, pp. 3831–3848.

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xii. FEL Otto, K van der Wiel, GJ van Oldenborgh, S Philip, S Kew, P Uhe, H Cullen (2018): Climate change increases the probability of heavy rains in Northern England/Southern Scotland like those of storm Desmond - a real-time event attribution revisited. Environmental Research Letters, 13, pp. 024006.

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xi.  GJ van Oldenborgh, K van der Wiel, A Sebastian, R Singh, J Arrighi, FEL Otto, K Haustein, S Li, GA Vecchi, H Cullen (2017): Attribution of extreme rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, August 2017. Environmental Research Letters, 12, pp. 124009. Featured article.

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x. K van der Wiel, ST Gille, SG Llewellyn Smith, PF Linden, C Cenedese (2017): Characteristics of colliding sea breeze gravity current fronts: a laboratory study. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 143, pp. 1434-1441.

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ix. K van der Wiel, SB Kapnick, GJ van Oldenborgh, K Whan, S Philip, GA Vecchi, RK Singh, J Arrighi, H Cullen (2017): Rapid attribution of the August 2016 flood-inducing extreme precipitation in south Louisiana to climate change. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21, pp. 897-921. Highlighted article.

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viii. K van der Wiel, SB Kapnick, GA Vecchi (2017): Shifting patterns of mild weather in response to projected radiative forcing. Climatic Change, 140, pp. 649-658.

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vii. K van der Wiel, SB Kapnick, GA Vecchi, WF Cooke, TL Delworth, L Jia, H Murakami, S Underwood, F Zeng (2016): The resolution dependence of contiguous U.S. precipitation extremes in response to CO2 forcing. Journal of Climate, 29, pp. 7991-8012.

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vi. MA Stiller-Reeve, C Heuzé, WT Ball, RH White, G Messori, K van der Wiel, I Medhaug, AH Eckes, A O'Callaghan, MJ Newland, SR Williams, M Kasoar, HE Wittmeier and V Kumer (2016): Improving together: better science writing through peer learning. Hydrology and Earth System Science, 20, pp. 2965-2973.

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v. K van der Wiel, AJ Matthews, MM Joshi, DP Stevens (2016): The influence of diabatic heating in the South Pacific Convergence Zone on Rossby wave propagation and the mean flow. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 142, pp. 901-910.

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iv. K van der Wiel, AJ Matthews, MM Joshi, DP Stevens (2016): Why the South Pacific Convergence Zone is diagonal. Climate Dynamics, 46, pp. 1683-1698.

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iii. K van der Wiel, AJ Matthews, DP Stevens, MM Joshi (2015): A dynamical framework for the origin of the diagonal South Pacific and South Atlantic Convergence Zones. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 141, pp. 1997-2010. Featured article.

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ii. MM Joshi, M Stringer, K van der Wiel, A O'Callaghan, S Fueglistaler (2015): IGCM4: A fast, parallel and flexible intermediate climate model. Geoscientific Model Development, 8, pp. 1157-1167.

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i. W Hazeleger, X Wang, C Severijns, S Ştefănescu, R Bintanja, A Sterl, K Wyser, T Semmler, S Yang, B van den Hurk, T van Noije, E van der Linden, K van der Wiel (2012): EC-Earth V2.2: description and validation of a new seamless earth system prediction model. Climate Dynamics, 39, pp. 2611-2629.

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Other publications, non peer-reviewed

•  K van der Wiel (2015): Mechanisms for the existence of diagonal Southern Hemisphere convergence zones. PhD thesis, University of East Anglia, 133 pp.
•  K van der Wiel (2013): On the collision of sea breeze gravity currents. In Proceedings of the 2013 Summer Program in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Woods Hole, MA, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
•  K van der Wiel (2011): Exploring interannual to decadal variability in the tropical Pacific region in the EC-Earth Model. MSc dissertation, Wageningen University, 39 pp.

Presentations (presenting author only)

•  SPARC General Assembly, Kyoto (October 2018): More accurate assessment of climate induced impacts
•  Mathematics seminar, University of Exeter, Exeter (May 2018): U.S. precipitation extremes and flooding in GFDL climate models
•  European Geophysical Union Meeting General Assembly 2018, Vienna (April 2018): More accurate assessment of climate induced impacts - abstract
•  European Geophysical Union Meeting General Assembly 2018, Vienna (April 2018): Time of emergence of Arctic climate change - abstract
•  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2017, New Orleans (December 2017): Characteristics and future changes of great Mississippi flood events in a global coupled climate model - abstract
•  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2017, New Orleans (December 2017): Attribution of extreme rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, August 2017 - abstract, e-poster
•  IIT Delhi, Centre of Excellence in Climate Modelling, New Delhi (November 2017): A new approach to study climate induced impacts
•  IIT Gandhinagar, Gandhinagar (November 2017): A new approach to study climate induced impacts
•  UEA Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Seminar, UEA, School of Environmental Sciences (June 2017): U.S. extreme precipitation and river flooding in GFDL climate models
•  European Geophysical Union Meeting General Assembly 2017, Vienna (April 2017): Meteorological conditions for extreme crop yield seasons - abstract
•  European Geophysical Union Meeting General Assembly 2017, Vienna (April 2017): Challenges and possibilities for attribution studies in developing countries: Ethiopian drought of 2015 - abstract
•  European Geophysical Union Meeting General Assembly 2017, Vienna (April 2017): Shifting patterns of mild weather in response to projected radiative forcing - abstract, e-presentation
•  Addressing the challenge of compound events workshop, Zürich (April 2017): Meteorological conditions for extreme crop yield seasons
•  Meteorology and Air Quality, Wageningen University (January 2017): U.S. precipitation extremes in GFDL climate models
•  Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (November 2016): U.S. extreme precipitation and river flooding in GFDL climate models
•  GLP 3rd open science meeting (October 2016): HiWAVES3- High Impact Weather Events in EurAsia Selected, Simulated and Storified
•  Conversations on the Environment, Responsible Energy and Life (CEREAL), Princeton University, Carbon Mitigation Initiative (September 2016): Rapid attribution of the south Louisiana heavy precipitation to climate change
•  MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar, MIT, Department of Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (September 2016): U.S. extreme precipitation and river flooding in GFDL climate models
•  Lamont Ocean & Climate Physics Seminar, Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (September 2016): U.S. extreme precipitation and river flooding in GFDL climate models
•  Climate Dynamics group, Rutgers University (July 2016): The resolution dependence of US precipitation extremes in response to CO2 forcing
•  Dynamical Core Intercomparison Project 2016, Boulder (June 2016): The resolution dependence of US precipitation extremes in response to CO2 forcing - e-poster
•  EnvEast NERC doctoral training presentation, UK MetOffice (March 2015): A dynamical framework for the origin of the diagonal SPCZ and SACZ
•  UEA Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Seminar, UEA, School of Environmental Sciences (February 2015): Mechanisms for the existence of diagonal Southern Hemisphere convergence zones
•  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2014, San Francisco (December 2014): A dynamical framework for the origin of the diagonal SPCZ and SACZ - abstract, e-poster
•  Applied Maths Research Seminar, UEA, School of Mathematics (November 2013): Colliding sea breeze gravity currents
•  GFD lab lunch seminar, University of Cambridge, DAMPT (October 2013): Colliding sea breeze gravity currents
•  Royal Meteorological Society Student Conference 2013, Reading (September 2013): A dynamical framework for the origin of the diagonal SPCZ and SACZ
•  GFD fellow presentation, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, (August 2013): Colliding sea breeze gravity currents

World Weather Attribution projects

•  Flooding Bangladesh, July 2018
•  Hurricane Harvey, August 2017
•  Storm Desmond, December 2015, revisited
•  Somalia Drought, 2016 – 2017
•  Louisiana Downpours, August 2016

KNMI 'climate messages'

I am part of the core team that aims to publish a 'climate message' a week (previously 3 times a week) to communicate relevant news and scientific findings to a greater public. A list of the published messages (in Dutch) can be found here. My contributions below.

•  30 October 2018 - Hydrologische droogte zet door
•  10 July 2018 - Variabiliteit van groene energie
•  22 June 2018 - Klimaatstreepjescode - warming stripes
•  22 May 2018 - Klimaatgemiddelden in tijden van verandering
•  30 March 2018 - Paasweer kan alle kanten op
•  16 March 2018 - Kwetsbaarheid van groene stroom
•  9 February 2018 - Sneeuwzekerheid op de Olympische Spelen
•  19 January 2018 - Jaarlijks koudste dag steeds warmer
•  27 December 2017 - Temperatuurrecords tonen opwarming Nederland
•  17 November 2017 - Zware smog door landbouwbranden in New Delhi
•  16 October 2017 - De graadmeter voor klimaatverandering
•  15 September 2017 - Broeikaseffect verkleint verschil dag en nacht
•  14 August 2017 - Slechte oogst door weerextremen
•  2 August 2017 - Toename zomerse dagen sterker dan afname koele dagen
•  12 July 2017 - Verschuivingen van mooi weer door klimaatverandering
•  9 June 2017 - Atmosferische CO2 concentratie blijft stijgen
•  8 May 2017 - Laatste nachtvorst valt steeds vroeger

Meteorologica

Meteorologica is the magazine of the Dutch Association for the Promotion of Meteorology.

•  September 2017 - Orkaan Harvey: een meter neerslag in Houston, klimaatverandering?
•  June 2017 - Mooi weer op komst?

ClimateSnack

ClimateSnack (now SciSnack) is a global community of early-career scientists that work together to improve their writing and communications skills. There are writing groups at different universities, one of which I co-founded at UEA. Below are the blog posts I wrote during that time:

•  October 2015 - How to respond to climate science denial
•  July 2015 - Characteristics of climate science denial
•  February 2015 - Flood management below sea level - strategies from the Netherlands
•  June 2014 - El Nino: a historical exploration and 2014 outlook
•  January 2014 - Excitement at the front: one island, two sea breezes

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Curriculum Vitae

A pdf-version of my C.V. is available here.

Contact

Dr Karin van der Wiel
Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
Postbus 201
3730 AE De Bilt
Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)30 2206 783
E-mail: wiel@knmi.nl

Google Scholar: list of publications
ResearchGate: personal profile
Twitter: karin_vdwiel