Michelle van Vliet is an Associate Professor at the Department of Physical Geography of Utrecht University. Her work focuses on global change impacts and adaptation in relation to the availability and quality of water resources and water use in sectors (irrigation, domestic, energy) and ecosystems. Michelle has developed a concept of water scarcity which includes water-quality requirements for different sectoral water uses (published in Nature Geoscience and ERL). Her work strongly links to the Pathways to Sustainability research theme.
Together with the PhDs and postdocs she supervises, she focuses on the main question “How to provide sufficient and clean water resources for human use and ecosystems in our changing world?”
Michelle is a member of the Utrecht Young Academy, a bridge between young and talented researchers.
1. van Vliet, M.T.H., Flörke, M., Wada, Y. (2017) Quality matters for water scarcity, Nature Geoscience, 10, 800–802, doi:10.1038/ngeo3047
2. van Vliet, M.T.H., D. Wiberg, S. Leduc, K. Riahi (2016), Power-generation system vulnerability and adaptation to changes in climate and water resources, Nature Climate Change 6, 375-380, doi:10.1038/nclimate2903
3. van Vliet, M.T.H., J.R. Yearsley, F. Ludwig, S. Vögele, D. P. Lettenmaier, and P. Kabat (2012) Vulnerability of U.S. and European electricity supply to climate change, Nature Climate Change, 2(9), 676681, doi:10.1038/nclimate1546