Cédric J. Van Meerbeeck [PhD, MSc]

Position: Climatologist

Email Address: cmeerbeeck@cimh.edu.bb

Education:

  • PhD Earth Science (Climate Modelling) VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • MSc Marine & Lacustrine Sciences (Paleoclimatology) Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  • MSc Geography (Physical Geography) Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Awards:

  • European Science Foundation (ESF) Post-doctoral Research Fellowship (2/2010-7/2011), VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Van Rijngelden – Promovendifonds (PhD travel fund of the Faculty of Earth & Life Sciences, VU University Amsterdam; 2006) for 3-month visit to Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) Promovendifonds (PhD travel fund of the Faculty of Earth & Life Sciences, VU University Amsterdam; 2006) for 3-month visit to Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)
  • 3 x ESF – EUROClimate Junior Researcher award to present research at the European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly 2006/7/8
  • ESF PhD studentship grant (2005-2009), VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Geographer of the year 2004 prize awarded by the Belgian Association of Geography Teachers for outstandig MSc thesis in Geography

Expierence:

  • Previously a climate modelling researcher at VU University Amsterdam, Dr. Van Meerbeeck has been involved in 7 international research projects. There, he has been investigating the driving mechanisms of climate change in collaboration with 25 world-class institutes and published over 20 articles thus far. Focus areas have included past, present and future climate in Europe, the Atlantic, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. In those projects, he has been coordinating and implementing climate modelling efforts to advance the state-of-the-art in climate science, while guiding specialists from other fields in aligning efforts to attain the project goals.
  • Alongside his PhD and postdoctoral research experience, he has been supervising graduate students in their MSc and PhD Climate Modelling research, and taught diverse under- and post-graduate courses in Climate and Earth Sciences. Furthermore, he is experienced in funding acquisition, both through academic project proposals and as external R&D consultant for two Dutch based environmental consultancies (i.e. ECORYS and Hydrologic Research | Delft). Finally, serving as board member of a research school (Netherlands School for Geo-Environmental Research), he acquired managerial experience aside from project management.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Climate services consulting (mainly for the Caribbean Community)
  • Setting up climate modelling research focusing on the Caribbean
  • Training professional meteorologists and hyrdrologists in Climatology for the World Meteorological Organisation
  • Teaching under-graduate courses in the field of Climatology at the University of the West Indies

Peer reviewed publications

Published or accepted articles in A1 International journals

Van Meerbeeck CJ , Renssen H, Roche DM, Wohlfarth B, Bohncke SJP, Bos JAA, Engels S., Helmens KF, Sánchez-Goñi MF, Svensson A, Vandenberghe J:The nature of MIS 3 stadial—interstadial transitions in Europe: New insights from model—data comparisons. Quaternary Science Reviews, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.08.002 2011 (in press)

Van Meerbeeck CJ, Roche DM, Renssen H: Assessing the sensitivity of North Atlantic Ocean circulation to freshwater perturbation in various glacial climate states. Climate Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s00382-011-1043-z, 2011 (in press)

Kageyama M, Paul A, Roche DM, Van Meerbeeck CJ: Modelling millennial-scale variability during glacial epochs: a review. Quaternary Science Reviews 29, 2931-2956, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.05.029, 2010

Van Meerbeeck, CJ, Renssen, H, Roche, DM: How did Marine Isotope Stage 3 and Last Glacial Maximum climates differ? Perspectives from equilibrium simulations. Climate of the Past 5, pp. 33-51, 2009 (http://www.clim-past.net/)

Helmens, KF, Bos, JAA, Engels, S, Van Meerbeeck, CJ, Bohncke, SJP, Renssen, H, Heiri, O, Brooks, SJ, Seppä, H, Birks, HJB, Wohlfarth, B: Present-day temperatures in northern Scandinavia during the Last Glaciation. GEOLOGY 35(11), pp. 987-990, doi:10.1130/G23995A.1, 2007

Manuscripts submitted to A1 international journals

Bakker P, Van Meerbeeck CJ, Renssen H: Sensitivity of the North Atlantic climate to Greenland Ice Sheet melting during the Last Interglacial, Clim. Past Discuss., 7, 2763-2801, doi:10.5194/cpd-7-2763-2011, 2011

Sánchez-Goñi MF, Bakker P, Desprat S, Carlson AE, Van Meerbeeck CJ, Peyron O, Naughton F, Fletcher WJ, Eynaud F, Rossignol L, Renssen H: European climate optimum and enhanced Greenland melt during the Last Interglacial. Submitted to Geology

Refereed conference papers

Van Meerbeeck CJ, Renssen H: Simulating the Southern Hemisphere high-latitude climate impact of West-Antarctic Ice Sheet melt during the early-Holocene. Geophysical Research Abstracts 13, EGU2011-12994, 2011

Bakker P, Renssen H, Van Meerbeeck CJ: The impact of a shrinking Greenland Ice Sheet on the climate in the North Atlantic region during the Last Interglacial. Geophysical Research Abstracts 13, EGU2011-10425-1, 2011

Blaschek M, Van Meerbeeck CJ, Renssen H: The temporal and spatial response of the Nordic Seas surface conditions to external and internal forcings during the Holocene – A Data-Model comparison. Geophysical Research Abstracts 13, EGU2011-9834, 2011

Van Meerbeeck CJ, Renssen H, Roche DM, Wohlfarth B: The nature of MIS3 stadial-interstadial transitions in Europe: new insights from model-data comparisons. Geophysical Research Abstracts 12, EGU2010-5176, 2010

Van Meerbeeck CJ, Roche DM, Renssen H: Assessing the sensitivity of North Atlantic Ocean circulation to freshwater forcing under various glacial boundary conditions. Geophysical Research Abstracts 12, EGU2010-5150, 2010

Van Meerbeeck CJ, Renssen H, Roche DM: Strong seasonality in the northern high latitudes is a prerequisite for glacial abrupt climate change: perspectives from the 3-D earth system model LOVECLIM. Geophysical Research Abstracts 10, EGU2008-A-08385, 2008

Van Meerbeeck CJ, Flückiger, J, Renssen H: Winter and summer climate in Eurasia during abrupt glacial climate changes: modelled variability much larger than indicated by biotic proxies. Geophysical Research Abstracts 10, EGU2008-A-10425, 2008

Van Meerbeeck CJ, Renssen H, Roche DM: Marine Isotope Stage 3 in a three-dimensional coupled earth system model: equilibrium climate simulations reveal the importance of freshwater forcing, Geophysical Research Abstracts 9, 07400, 2007

Van Meerbeeck, CJ, Renssen H, Roche DM: Modelling Dansgaard-Oeschger interstadials 8 and 14 with a coupled earth system model. Geophysical Research Abstracts 8, 07400, 2006

PhD Dissertation

Van Meerbeeck, CJVC: Modelling abrupt glacial climate change – On the expression of millennial-scale events in Europe and the North Atlantic Region during Marine Isotope Stage 3. PhD Dissertation, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands, 208 p., ISBN: 978-90-6464-396-5, 2010

Other (sollicited) publications

Van Meerbeeck, C: Wat kan een multidisciplinaire literatuurstudie leren over het Gulf Stream scenario voor klimaatverandering in en rond Europa. De Aardrijkskunde 1-2, E. Van Hecke, Heverlee, Belgium, pp. 93-109, 2005 – English abstract “How does a literature review advance our understanding of the Gulf Stream scenario for climate change in and around Europe”

Van Meerbeeck, CJ: Abrupt climate change in Europe: a glacial insight into the warm future, NSG Symposium 2010, Utrecht, 3/12/2010

Van Meerbeeck, C, Renssen, H, Roche, D, Wohlfarth, B, Bohncke, Sánchez-Goñi MF: The nature of MIS3 stadial-interstadial transitions in Europe: new insights from model-data comparisons, 23rd Réunion des Science de la Terre, Bordeaux, 26/10/2010

Van Meerbeeck C, Flückiger, J, Renssen, H: Winter and summer climate in Eurasia during abrupt glacial climate changes: modelled variability much larger than indicated by biotic proxies. Netherlands Earth Science Congress (NAC) 9 Abstracts, 18-19 March 2008

Van Meerbeeck C: Winter and summer climate in Eurasia during abrupt glacial climate changes: modelled variability much larger than indicated by biotic proxies, ICG Symposium 2008

Van Meerbeeck C, Renssen H, Roche DM: Simulation of Dansgaard-Oeschger interstadials 8 and 14 in a coupled global atmosphere-ocean-vegetation model. Dutch Climate Variability Symposium, KNAW Amsterdam, Abstract book p. 19-20, 10 October 2006

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