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Dr. Arnout van Soesbergen

Research AssociateDr Arnout van Soesbergen


Department of Geography
King's College London K4L.04
King's Building 
Strand Campus 



Research group/affiliations

Earth and Environmental Dynamics Research Group

Research interests

  • Climate and land use change impacts on water resources
  • Land use change and scenarios
  • Earth observation, GIS & modelling
  • Biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services


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

Arnout currently works on the 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 around the development and implementation of the web-based policy support systems WaterWorld and Co$tingNature 

Selected Publications

  • Van Soesbergen, A., Arnell, A., Sassen, M., Stuch, B., Schaldach, R. Göpel, J., Vervoort, J., Mason-D'Croz, D., Islam, S., Palazzo, A. Exploring future agricultural development and biodiversity in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi: a spatially explicit scenario-based assessment (2016). Regional Environmental Change
  • Mason-D’Croz, D., Vervoort, J., Palazzo, A., Islam, S, Lord, S., Helfgott, A., Havlik, P., Peou, R., Veeger, M., Sassen, M. van Soesbergen, A., Arnell, A.., Stuch, B., Arslan, A., Lipper, L. (2016) Multi-factor, multi-state, multi-model scenarios: exploring food and climate futures for Southeast Asia. Environmental Software and Modelling 83, 255-270
  • Juffe-Bignoli, D., Harrison, I. Butchart, S., Flitcroft, R., Hermoso, V., Jonas, H., Lukasiewicz, A., Thieme, M., Turak, E., Bingham, H., Dalton, J. Darwall, W., Deguignet, M., Dudley, N., Gardner, R., Higgins, J. Linke, S., Pittock, J., van Soesbergen, A. (2016) Achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 to improve protected areas performance and conserve freshwater biodiversity, Aquatic conservation: marine and freshwater ecosystems 26(S1), 133-151.
  • K.O. Winemiller, P.B. McIntyre, L. Castello, E. Fluet-Chouinard, T. Giarrizzo, S. Nam, I.G. Baird, W. Darwall, N.K. Lujan, I. Harrison, M.L.J. Stiassny, R.A.M. Silvano, D.B. Fitzgerald, F.M. Pelicice, A.A. Agostinho, L.C. Gomes, J.S. Albert, M. Petrere Jr., C. Zarfl, M. Mulligan, J.P. Sullivan, C. C. Arantes, L. M. Sousa, A.A. Koning, D.J. Hoeinghaus, M. Sabaj, J.G. Lundberg, J. Armbruster, P.Petry, J. Zuanon, G. Torrente Vilara, J. Snoeks, C. Ou, C.S. Pavanelli, A. Akama, A. van Soesbergen, L. Sáenz (2016) Balancing hydropower and biodiversity in the Amazon, Congo and Mekong: Basin-scale planning is needed to minimize impacts in mega-diverse rivers. Science351 (6269), 128-129.
  • Dickson, B., Blaney, R. Miles., L., Regan, E., van Soesbergen, A., Väänänen, E., Blyth, S., Harfoot, M., Martin, C.S., McOwen, C., Newbold, T., van Bochove, J.(2014) Towards a global map of natural capital: Key ecosystem assets, UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Van Soesbergen, A. J. J. and Mulligan, M.: (2013) Modelling multiple threats to water security in the Peruvian Amazon using the WaterWorld Policy Support System, Earth Syst. Dynam. Discuss., 4, 567-594

A full list of publications is available on researchgate

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