At the end of secondary education my broad scientific interest, combined with a growing concern for climate change and other human impacts on the environment, led me to choose to study bioengineering for my Bachelor’s degree.
My Master’s degree on Land and Water management then focussed on hydraulic, hydrological and soil processes, their places in the climate system and how land and water resources can be (mis-)managed. To complement this, I chose to focus my elective courses on my growing passion for modelling and data science. Finally, my Master’s thesis on the impact of the resolution of regional climate models on the simulation of evaporation introduced me to the world of climate modelling.
Between graduating in Ghent and starting my PhD here at UEA, I spent one year at ESA’s Climate Office as a Young Graduate Trainee, where I worked on water surface detection from SAR imagery, as well as providing support in Climate Office activities.
Towards the future, I would like to continue directing my attention to (modelling) hydrological consequences of climate change, and eventually apply my knowledge to support developing communities in achieving their sustainable development goals.