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Mean annual groundwater recharge in millimetre/year as simulated with PCR-GLOBWB (Wada et al., 2010)

Mean annual groundwater recharge in millimetre/year as simulated with PCR-GLOBWB (Wada et al., 2010)

Impacts of anthropogenic changes to the global water cycle on regional and global climate

In my research I will focus on the impact of anthropogenic changes in the watercycle, on both a regional and a global scale. One of the tools of choice will be the PCR-GLOBWB hydrological model. Changes in e.g. evaporation and river runoff can subsequently be fed back to a global climate model to study their impact on a global scale. The expectation is that these climate changes will in turn have a considerable impact on the hydrological cycle, and so on and so forth. By repeating this loose coupling we can hopefully achieve some kind of steady state. During my research I collaborate with Rianne and José who are also PCR-GLOBWB users. The outcome of my work can be compared with the outcomes of Dewi’s research and earlier work by Stefan Dekker. This way we can investigate the relative importance of anthropogenic changes in the watercycle, increased meltwater in the North-Atlantic Ocean and the influence of changes in vegation on the global climate.

About Joyce
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Joyce obtained her Master’s degree at the IMAU (Utrecht University) and will be defending her PhD thesis shortly, titled “A model perspective on orbital forcing of monsoons and Mediterranean climate using EC-Earth”. This PhD research on astronomical forcing of the paleo-climate was carried out at the Stratigraphy and Paleontology group, department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Geosciences. Part of her time she spent at the KNMI (department “Mondiaal Klimaat”) to learn all about the EC-Earth climate model.

In her spare time Joyce loves reading, yoga, running, hiking and cinema.

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