Dr.ir. H.A.J. van Lanen

Wageningen Universiteit Dr.ir. H.A.J. van Lanen

Wageningen University (WU): Henny A.J. Van Lanen


Short profile:

Dr.ir. Henny A.J. van Lanen (Assoc. Prof. Hydrology & Quantitative Water Management Group) He has been involved in several EU projects (see below). He coordinator of the European FRIEND programme (EURO-FRIEND Water, Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data; cross-cutting theme UNESCO-IHP), past Global Coordinator of the FRIEND Inter-Group Coordination Committee (FIGCC) (cross-cutting theme UNESCO-IHP), coordinator of the European Drought Centre (EDC), member of the Open Panel of CHy Experts (OPACHE) of Commission of Hydrology (CHy) from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), member of the Discussion Group on Droughts of the UN-International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR), member/chair of the Project Review Group of Global Water Partnership (WM-GWP) on Integrated Drought Management in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE-IDMP).

Previous experience (list of up to 5 relevant projects or activities):

Dr. Van Lanen has been: (i) a Principal Investigator of the EU FP4-ARIDE project (Assessment of drought impact in Europe ), (ii) Co-coordinator of the EU-FP5 ASTHyDA project (Analysis, Synthesis, of Knowledge Transfer and Tools on Droughts via an EU Network), (iii) , member of the Project Steering Group and Lead of the Work Block Hydrological Extremes of the EU-FP6 WATCH project (WATer and global Change), (iv) member of Coordination Team of the EU-FP7 project XEROCHORE (Gr. dry land), (v) Coordinator of the recently finished EU-FP7 project DROUGHT-R&SPI (Fostering European Drought Research and Science-Policy Interfacing), and (vi) member of the Executive Board and Lead of Work Package on Advanced forecasting models and tools to anticipate Weather & Climate event induced impacts, EU Horizon-2020 project ANYWHERE (EnhANcing emergencY management and response to extreme WeatHER and climate Events).

Presentations (for list of selected paper, see below):

He (co-)authored over 50 papers in peer-reviewed international journals. He was (co)-editor of 8 scientific books on drought, water scarcity and regional flow regimes. He is editor of the textbook “Hydrological Drought”. He wrote two XEROCHORE (An Exercise to Assess Research Needs and Policy Choices in Areas of Drought) Science Policy Brief and was as project coordinator strongly involved in Science-Policy Interfacing at different scales (from river basin to pan-Europe).


Over 30 keynote presentations on Drought and Water Scarcity in all continents of the world (e.g. most European countries, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Niger, South Africa, Kenya, Australia, Iran, India, Malaysia, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Chile.


Supervision of over 100 MSc. and PhD students in hydrology, hydrogeology and water management, who did their research in: Australia, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Spitsbergen, USA and the United Kingdom. In addition studies were done at large-scales (Europe, globe). Most of the thesis work dealt with groundwater, low river flow and drought and water scarcity studies, monitoring and modelling.

Relevant publications:

Peters, E., Torfs, P.J.J.F., Van Lanen, H.A.J. & Bier, G. (2003): Propagation of drought through groundwater – a new approach using linear reservoir theory. Hydrological Processes 17(15) 3023-3040.

Tallaksen, L.M. & Van Lanen, H.A.J. (2004): (Eds) Hydrological Drought – Processes and Estimation Methods for Streamflow and Groundwater. Developments in Water Sciences 48. Elsevier B.V., the Netherlands, 580p.

Bonell, M., McDonnell, J., Scatena, F.N., Seibert, J., Uhlenbrook, S. & Van Lanen, H.A.J. (2006): HELPing FRIENDs in PUBs: charting a course for synergies within international water research programs in gauged and ungauged basins Hydrological Processes 20(8): 1867-1874. (DOI: 10.1002/hyp.6196).

Peters, E., Bier, G., Van Lanen, H.A.J. & Torfs, P.J.J.F. (2006): Propagation and spatial distribution of drought in a groundwater catchment. J. of Hydrol. 321: 257-275.

Tallaksen, L.M., Hisdal, H. & Van Lanen, H.A.J. (2009): Space-time modeling of catchment scale drought characteristics. J. of Hydrol. 375:363-372 (doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.06.032).

Stahl, K., Hisdal, H., Hannaford, J., Tallaksen, L.M., Van Lanen, H.A.J., Sauquet, E., Demuth, S., Fendeková, M. &  Jódar, J. (2010): Streamflow trends in Europe: evidence from a dataset of near-natural catchments. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 14: 2376-2382, doi:10.5194/hess-14-2367-2010.

Corzo Perez G.A., van Huijgevoort, M.H.J., Voss, F. & Van Lanen, H.A.J. (2011): On the spatio-temporal analysis of hydrological droughts from global hydrological models. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 15: 2963-2978, doi:10.5194/hess-15-2963-2011

Hannah, D.M., Demuth, S., Van Lanen, H.A.J., Looser, U., Prudhomme, C., Rees, R., Stahl, K., Tallaksen, L.M. (2011): Large-scale river flow archives: importance, current status and future needs. Hydrological Processes. 25 (7): 1191-1200, doi: 10.1002/hyp.7794.

Harding, R., Best, M., Blyth, E., Hagemann, S., Kabat., P., Tallaksen, L.M., Warnaars, T., Wiberg, D., Weedon, G.P., Van Lanen, H.A.J., Ludwig, F. & Haddeland, I. (2011): Water and Global Change (WATCH) special collection: Current knowledge of the terrestrial Global Water Cycle. J. of Hydrometeorology 12(6): 1149-1156, DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-11-024.1.

Stahl, K., Tallaksen, L. M., Hannaford, J., and Van Lanen, H. A. J. (2012): Filling the white space on maps of European runoff trends: estimates from a multi-model ensemble, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 16: 2035-2047, doi:10.5194/hess-16-2035-2012.

Quevauviller, P., Barceló, D., Beniston, M., Djordjevic, S., Harding, R.J., Iglesias, Ludwig, R.A., Navarra, A., Navarro Ortega, A., Mark, O., Roson, R., Sempere, D., Stoffel, M., Van Lanen, H.A.J., and Werner, M. (2012): Integration of research advances in modelling and monitoring in support of WFD river basin management planning in the context of climate change. Science of the Total Environment 440: 167–177.

Van Lanen, H.A.J., Wanders, N., Tallaksen, L.M., and Van Loon, A.F. (2013): Hydrological drought across the world: impact of climate and physical catchment structure. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 17: 1715–1732, doi:10.5194/hess-17-1715-2013.

Van Huijgevoort, M.H.J., Hazenberg, P., Van Lanen, H.A.J., Teuling, R., Clark, D., Folwell, S., Gosling, S., Hanasaki, N., Heinke, J., Koirala, S., Stacke, T., Voβ, F., Sheffield J., and Uijlenhoet, R. (2013): Global multi-model analysis of hydrological drought in the second part of the 20th century (1963-2000). J. Hydrometeorol. 14, 1535–1552, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-12-0186.1.

Van Loon, A.F., and Van Lanen, H.A.J., 2013: Making the distinction between water scarcity and drought using an observation-modelling framework, Water Resour. Res., 49, p. 1–20, doi: 10.1002/wrcr.20147.

Van Huijgevoort, M.H.J., Van Lanen, H.A.J., Teuling, A.J. & Uijlenhoet, R. (2014): Identification of changes in hydrological drought characteristics from a multi-GCM driven ensemble constrained with observed discharge. Journal of Hydrology (512): 421–434, doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.02.060.

Harding R.J., Weedon, G.P., Van Lanen, H.A.J. & Clark, D.B. (2014): The future for Global Water Assessment. Journal of Hydrology (518):186–193.

Wanders, N., Wada, Y., and Van Lanen, H. A. J. (2015): Global hydrological droughts in the 21st century under a changing hydrological regime. Earth Syst. Dynam. 6: 1–15, doi:10.5194/esd-6-1-2015.

Wanders, N. & Van Lanen, H.A.J. (2015): Future discharge drought across climate regions around the world modelled with a synthetic hydrological modelling approach forced by three General Circulation Models. Natural Hazard Earth Syst. Sci.

Van Lanen, H.A.J. (2015): Drought: how to be prepared for the hazard? In: Quevauviller, P. (Ed.), Prevention of hydrometeorological extreme events – Interfacing sciences and policies, Wiley Publisher, pg. 171-202.

Van Loon, A. F., Gleeson, T., Clark, J., Van Dijk, A. I. J. M., Stahl, K., Hannaford, J., Di Baldassarre, G., Teuling, A. J., Tallaksen, L. M., Uijlenhoet, R., Hannah, D. M., Sheffield, J., Svoboda, M., Verbeiren, B., Wagener, T., Rangecroft, S., Wanders, N. & Van Lanen, H.A.J. (2016),  Drought in the Anthropocene. Nature Geoscience 9: 89-91, doi:10.1038/ngeo2646.

Van Lanen, H.A.J., Laaha, G., Kingston, D.G., Gauster, T., Ionita, M., Vidal, J-P, Vlnas, R., Tallaksen, L.M., Stahl, K., Hannaford, J., Delus, C., Fendekova, M., Mediero, L., Prudhomme, C., Rets, E., Romanowicz, R.J., Gailliez, S., Wong, W.K., Adler, M-J., Blauhut, V., Caillouet, L., Chelcea, S., Frolova, N., Gudmundsson, L., Hanel, M., Haslinger, K., Kireeva, M., Osuch, M., Sauquet, E., Stagge, J.H. and Van Loon, A.F. (2016) Hydrology needed to manage droughts: the 2015 European case. Hydrological Processes (accepted), DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10838, 2016.

Taufik. M., Torfs, P.J.J.F., Uijlenhoet, R., Jones, P.D., Murdiyarso, D., and Van Lanen, H.A.J. (2017): Amplification of wildfire area burnt by hydrological drought in the humid tropics. Nature Climate Change, doi: 10.1038/nclimate3280.

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