Rutger is studying the impacts on climate change, focusing on permafrost and hydrology.
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Rutger is currently working in a collaborative project with scientists from the State Hydrological Institute in St Petersburg, Russia, looking at uncertainties in the permafrost response to climate change. To this end, he is evaluating and applying the JULES using probabilistic climate scenarios. He is also involved in the European research projects Quantifying the carbon budget in Northern Russia: past, present and future (Carbo-North), studying ecosystem changes in northern Eurasia using the coupled climate-carbon cycle HadCM3C model, and Water and Global Change (WATCH), in which he is evaluating JULES with regard to the simulation of hydrology and river discharge in high latitude basins.
Before joining the Met Office in 2009, Rutger worked for three years at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) in Ispra, Italy. Here he studied the impact of climate change on river floods and streamflow droughts at European scale. Before that, he worked as a post-doc at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in the European FP5 project Global Change Vulnerabilities in the Barents Region: Linking Arctic Natural Resources, Climate Change and Economies (BALANCE) in which he was modelling freshwater discharge in the Barents Sea Region. Rutger obtained his PhD from the same university with a study on climate impacts on sub-Arctic hydrology.