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prof. dr. R. (Richard) Bintanja

Professor Climate and Environmental Change
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Name                                         Richard Bintanja

Date and place of birth          17 April 1967, Amsterdam

Sex                                             Male

Marital status                           Married, two daughters



Study and work

–  Masters Meteorology en Physical Oceanography, Utrecht University (1985 – 1990), including a propadeuse in Geophysics with Geology courses.

–  PhD, Institute for Marine and Atmosferic research Utrecht (IMAU), Utrecht University (1990 – 1995), thesis The Antarctic Ice Sheet and Climate, promotor prof. dr. J. Oerlemans, 9 januari 1995.

–   Various postdoc-positions (atmospheric ozone, ice sheets, paleoclimate, Earth system modelling), IMAU/KNMI/Free University Brussels (1995 –2008).

–   Senior climate researcher, KNMI (2008 – present).

–   Honorary Professor Climate and Environmental Change, Groningen University (March 2017 – present).


Top publications (selection)

–   Bintanja, R., van de Wal, R. S. W., Oerlemans, J., Modelled atmospheric temperatures and sea levels over the past million years. Nature, 437, 125-128 (2005).

–   Bintanja, R., van de Wal, R. S. W., North American ice sheet dynamics and the onset of 100,000-year glacial cycles. Nature, 454, 869-872 (2008).

–   Bintanja, R., Graversen, R. G., Hazeleger, W., Arctic winter warming amplified by the thermal inversion and consequent low infrared cooling to space. Nature Geoscience, 4, 758-761 (2011).

–   Bintanja, R., van Oldenborgh, G. J., Drijfhout, S. S., Wouters, B., Katsman, C. A., Important role for ocean warming and increased ice-shelf melt in Antarctic sea-ice expansion. Nature Geoscience, 6, 376-379 (2013).

–   Bintanja, R., Selten, F. M., Future increases in Arctic precipitation linked to local evaporation and sea ice retreat. Nature, 509, 479-482 (2014).

– Bintanja, R., Andry, O., Towards a rain-dominated Arctic. Nature Climate Change, 7, 263-267 (2017).

See for the full publication list the end of this CV.


Work-related activities

–   Education: assistant of, and partial teacher of, various bachelor and master courses at the IMAU, VUB, KNMI and RUG (1990 – present)

–   (Co)supervision of a number of Bachelor, Master students, PhD-students en postdocs (1996 – present).

–   Various granted proposals, including: The dynamics of Antarctic blue ice areas (1995), Modelling Pleistocene ice sheets (PULS-scholarship, 1997), Arctic climate change and feedbacks (2010), Arctic climate change and its impact on European climate (2013).

–   Project leader Arctic climate change and feedbacks, NWO-grant, two PhD-students (2010 – present).

–   Participant, and field leader of, various scientific expeditions (three times Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard/SEES) (1990 – 2015).

–   Many presentations (including sollicited) at international conferences, symposia, workshops, science meetings, working visits (1992 – present).

–   Convener of the Snowdrift session of the IUGG General Assembly in Saporro, Japan (2003), and convener of the Arctic climate change session of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly (2012 – present).

–   Coordinator for the EC-Earth consortium (±30 institutes in ±10 European countries), organisor of various international EC-Earth meetings; coordinator of the KNMI EC-Earth contribution to CMIP5/6 (2008 – present).

–   Course supervising PhD-students (2011 – 2012).

–   Editor-in-Chief of the specialist journal Meteorologica (2014 – present).

–   Co-editor of the book "Door de kou bevangen – 50 jaar Nederlands onderzoek in de poolgebieden" (in Dutch), published March 2016.


Other activities

–   Writer of five published books (fiction, in Dutch): Poolreizen (novel, 2006), Gedachtenrijk (novel, 2011), Zoeken naar stilte (short stories, 2013), De eerste mens – Het verleden voorbij (novel, 2015; first part of trilogy); see: His fourth novel, De eerste mens – Onvoltooide herinneringen, has been published in March 2017.

–   Owner of a publishing company MaRiSuDa (founded 2010,

–   Editor of various texts, stories, novels (in Dutch).

–   Numerous presentations in libraries and popular scientific societies about climate (change) and about his activities as a fiction writer.



Richard Bintanja received his PhD on the subject Antarctic meteorology and climatology (1995). His scientific career focuses on both polar regions, which at first involved meteorological/glaciological observations during various field campaigns, 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, among which a few times in Nature. 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, and has so far published four novels and a collection of short stories; his fifth novel will be published in 2018.


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