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Dr Arnout van Soesbergen is a physical geographer with broad research interests in hydrology, land-use change modelling, ecology, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services. He completed his PhD on the impacts of climate change on water resources of global dams at the Department of Geography in 2013. He has a MSc in Eco-hydrology and Environment and Resource Management, both from the VU University Amsterdam.

During his PhD, he worked on modelling water resources and developing policy support systems in the Andes as part of the Challenge Programme on Water and Food (CPFW).

Prior to his PhD, Arnout worked at the Institute for Environmental Studies in Amsterdam where he worked on projects around Payments for Ecosystem Services and hydro-economic modelling.

Since completing his PhD, he has been employed by UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the biodiversity assessment arm of the United Nations Environment Programme, based in Cambridge, UK.  


  • Climate and land-use change impacts on water resources
  • Land-use change and scenarios
  • Earth observation, geographic Information System (GIS) and modelling
  • Biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services

Arnout currently works on the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)-funded 'p4ges' project, which aims to influence the development and implementation of international ecosystem service payment schemes in the interests of poverty alleviation with a particular focus on Madagascar.

His work mainly focuses on the development and implementation of the web-based policy support systems, WaterWorld and Co$tingNature 

Further details

See Arnout's research profile