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Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen


Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen CV
Date of Birth: February 13, 1958, Sex: Male, Nationality: Danish
Current position: Research Leader for regional climate at the Research and Development at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI)
Adjunct Professor, the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

Professional background:
2017 - Professor in climate physics, the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
2015 - 2017: Leading Scientist (Forskningsleder), Research and Development Dept.; DMI
2014 - 2017: Adjunct Professor in climate physics, the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
2009 - 2015: Director, Centre for Regional change in the Earth System (CRES)
2006 - 2014: Research Manager (Forskningleder), Danish Climate Centre; DMI
1995 - 2005: Senior Scientis/Advisor at the Danish Climate Centre; DMI
1990 - 1995: Research associate DMI; 1991 & 1992: Visiting Scientist, Meteo France
1990: PhD degree (lic.scient.), Univ. of Copenhagen; 1986: MSc degree, Univ. of Copenhagen

Advisor or co-advisor (DMI was not related to any university) to 15 students for MSc degree and 10 students for PhD degrees.

Awards and memberships of scientific academies:
Contribution to the award of the Nobel Pease Prize for 2007 to the IPCC; Share in ERC Synergy grant ice2ice 2014 – 2019

Key international and national appointments:
2010-2014: Coordinating Lead Author IPCC AR5; 2009-2011: Lead Author on the AMAP SWIPA report; 2004-2007: Coordinating Lead Author IPCC AR4; 1998-2001: Lead Author IPCC TAR; 2001-2007: Chairman of the Danish Meteorological Society

More than 100 peer reviewed papers in journals and academic books, Citations ISI: 5519, H-index: 36 (not incl. IPCC publications)

Regular reviewer for funding agencies in USA, Canada, UK, Belgium, Czech republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Norway, EU and South Africa; Regular reviewer for Nature, Science and leading specialist journals; Regular consultant for promotions and tenure; 2012 – present: Member of Scientific Advisory Panel for AGRHYMET, Niger; 2013 – present: Member of the SAB for ‘Canadian Network for Regional Climate and Weather processes’; 2013- present: Member of the SAC of the Bjerknes Centre at the University in Bergen, Norway; 2014 – 2018 Member of the Program Board of the ‘Polar Research programme (POLARPROG)’, the Research Council of Norway; 2015 – 2017 Member of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee, WMO, Geneva.

Project co-ordination:
Ex-Director (coordinator) of Centre for Regional change in the Earth System (CRES), funded by the Danish Research Council for Strategic Research, 2009-2015; Coordinator or Principal scientist in numerous externally funded projects, primarily through Danish, Nordic or EU funding (coordinator of the PRUDENCE project, EU FP5 2001-2004).

Key qualifications and relevant skills
For 10 years I was the leading scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute, maniging climate science. I coordinated the European FP5 project on regional climate change using multiple RCMs with a European focus with 21 partners, PRUDENCE (2001-2004). I have been the PI in several large EU FP consortiums, including ENSEMBLES, WATCH and IMPRESSIONS, which were all projects with a strong interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary component. I directed the multi-disciplinary Centre for Regional Change in the Earth System (CRES; 2009-2015). Alongside this; I was co-PI on the project Appui à l’Adaptation au Changement Climatique en Afrique de l’Ouest par l’Amélioration de l’Information Climatique; Demandeur AGRHYMET, Niamey, Niger (2012-2015) funded by Danida. With colleagues at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Bergen, I have received acknowledgement and financial support from an ERC-Synergy grant for the project Ice2Ice, which aims at understanding the role of sea-ice in rapid climate change during the last ice age. I participated in several Assessment Report of the IPCC, as a lead or coordinating lead author. I have several papers as first author, but in recent years, I have published substantially with co-workers, PhD students and post docs. I am frequently cited in Danish media and have often appeared in radio and television programs.
Key publications from the last 10 years
Larsen, M.A.D., J.H. Christensen, M. Drews, M.B. Butts and J.C. Refsgaard, 2016: Local control on precipitation in a fully coupled climate-hydrology model. Sci. Rep., 6, 22927; doi: 10.1038/srep22927
Takayabu T., H. Kanamaru, K. Dairaku, R. Benestadt, H. von Storch and J.H. Christensen, 2016: Reconsidering the quality and utility of downscaling, J. Met. Soc. Japan, 94A, 31-45, doi: 10.2151/jmsj.2015-042
Drews, M. and J.H. Christensen, 2015: Implications of extreme global warming in Northern Europe, Clim. Res., 64, 3-6, doi: 10.3354/cr01313
Rummukainen, M., B. Rockel, L. Bäring, J.H. Christensen and M. Reckermann, 2015: Meeting Summary: 21st Century Challenges in Regional Climate Modeling, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96, ES135–ES138, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00214.1
Christensen, O.B., S. Yang, F. Boberg, C. Fox Maule, M. Olesen, M. Drews, H. J. D. Sørup and J.H. Christensen, 2015: Scalability of Regional Climate Change in Europe for High-End Scenarios, Clim. Res., 64, 25-38, doi: 10.3354/cr01286
Langen, P.L., R. Mottram, J.H. Christensen, F. Boberg, C. Rodehacke, M. Stendel, D. van As, A.P. Ahlstrøm, J. Mortensen, S. Rysgaard, D. Petersen, K.H. Svendsen, G. Adalgeirsdottir, and J. Cappelen, 2015: Quantifying energy and mass fluxes controlling Godthåbsfjord freshwater input in a 5 km simulation (1991-2012). J. Climate, 28, 3694-3713, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00271
Refsgaard, J.C., H. Madsen, V. Andreassian, K. Arnbjerg-Nielsen, T.A. Davidson, M. Drews, D.P. Hamilton, E. Jeppesen, E. Kjellström, J.E. Olesen, T.O. Sonnenborg, D. Trolle, P. Willems, and J.H. Christensen, 2014:A framework for testing the ability of models to project climate change and its impacts, Climatic Change, 122, 271–282, doi: 10.1007/s10584-013-0990-2
Christensen, J. H., K. Krishna Kumar, E. Aldrian, S.-I. An, I. F. A. Cavalcanti, M. de Castro, W. Dong, P. Goswami, A. Hall, J. K. Kanyanga, A. Kitoh, J. Kossin, N.-C. Lau, J. Renwick, D. Stephenson, S.-P. Xie and T. Zhou, 2013: Climate Phenomena and their Relevance for Future Regional Climate Change. In: Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Stocker, T. F., D. Qin, G.-K. Plattner, M. Tignor, S. K. Allen, J. Boschung, A. Nauels, Y. Xia, V. Bex and P. M. Midgley (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, pp. 1217–1308, doi: 10.1017/CBO9781107415324.028.
Yang, S. and J.H. Christensen, 2012: Arctic sea ice reduction and European cold winters in CMIP5 climate change experiments, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L20707, doi: 10.1029/2012GL053338.
Boberg, F. and J.H. Christensen, 2012: Overestimation of Mediterranean Summer Temperature Projections due to Model Deficiencies, Nature Climate Change, 2, 433-436, doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1454
Beier, C., C. Beierkuhnlein, T. Wohlgemuth, J. Penuelas, B. Emmet, C. Körner, H. de Boeck, J.H. Christensen, S. Leuzinger, F. Miglietta, I. Janssen and K. Hansen, 2012: Precipitation manipulation experiments – Challenges and recommendations for the future, Ecology Letters,15, 899-911, doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01793.
Masson-Delmotte, V., M.-S. Seidenkrantz, E. Gauthier, V. Jomelli, G. Adalgeirsdottir, J. Arneborg, U. Bhatt, V. Bichet, B. Elberling, F. Gillet-Chaulet, M. van den Broeke, J. H. Christensen, X. Fettweis, H. Gallée, C. Massa, B. Perren, C. Ritz, D. Swingedouw, A. de Vernal1, B. Vinther, D.A. Walker, 2012: Greenland climate change: from the past to the future, Wiley interdisciplinary reviews: Climate Change, 3, 427-449, doi: 10.1002/wcc.186.
Christensen, J.H., B. Hewitson, A. Busuioc, A. Chen, X. Gao, I. Held, R. Jones, R.K. Kolli, W.-T. Kwon, R. Laprise, V. Magaña Rueda, L. Mearns, C.G. Menéndez, J. Räisänen, A. Rinke, A. Sarr and P. Whetton, 2007: Regional Climate Projections, Chapter 11 in: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Solomon, S., D. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. Marquis, K.B. Averyt, M. Tignor and H.L. Miller (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.
Christensen, J.H., T.R. Carter, M. Rummukainen, and G. Amanatidis 2007: Evaluating the performance and utility of regional climate models: the PRUDENCE project, Climatic Change, 81 Supl. 1, 1-6, doi: 10.1007/s10584-006-9211-6