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Jens  Hesselbjerg Christensen


Research Manager


Danish Meteorological Institute, Danish Climate Centre


Lyngbyvej 100, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark


+45 3915 7428



Research interests:

Climate change prediction;
Regional climate modeling;
Ensembles approaches;
The hydrological cycle in the climate system;
Atmosphere-land interactions;
Atmosphere-cryosphere interactions;

Involvement in research projects:

•ENSEMBLES IP, Coordinator Dave Griggs, Hadley Centre, UK. RT3 Sub-coordinator Dr. J.H. Christensen, DMI. Period 2004 – 2009. EU contract no. GOCE-CT-2003-505539.
•Regional Climate Change for Greenland and surrounding seas, Coordinator Dr. J.H. Christensen, Danish Climate Centre, Period 2006. DANCEA; Danish Ministry of the Environment
•Recent and future permafrost variability, retreat and degradation in Greenland and Alaska: An integrated approach, Coordinator Prof. Vladimir Romanovsky, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Period 2006 – 2009. National Science Foundation
•WATer and global CHange (WATCH) IP, Coordinator Richard Harding, CEH Wallingford, UK. Period 2007 - 2011.
•Climate and Energy Systems, Coordinator Árni Snorrason Iceland, Nordic Energy Research. Period 2007 – 2010.
•The freshwater budget of the Nordic Seas (FreshNor). Coordinator Dr. J.H. Christensen, Danish Climate Centre, Period 2007-2009. Nordic Council of Ministers – NordForsk
•HYdrological Modelling for Assessing Climate Change Impacts at differeNT Scales (HYACINTS), Coordinator Jens Christian Refsgaard, GEUS, Period 2008-2011; Det Strategiske Forskningsråds Programkomite for Energi og Miljø - Minor strategic research initiative

Advisor for PhD students:

Sissi Kiilsholm, COGCI, Univertity of Copenhagen 2000-2003
Rikke Magrethe Closter, Conwoy, Univertity of Copenhagen 2003 - 2007
Lieke van Roosmalen, FIVA, Univertity of Copenhagen 2005 - 2009
Gitte Brandt Hedegaard, COGCI, Univertity of Copenhagen 2007 - 2010
Søren Højmark Rasmussen, HYACINTS, Univertity of Copenhagen 2008 - 2011

Key publications:

•Walsh, J.E., W.L. Chapman, V. Romanovsky, J.H. Christensen and M. Stendel, 2008: Global Climate Model Performance over Alaska and Greenland, J. Clim., [In revision]
•Stendel, M., J.H. Christensen, and D. Petersen, 2008: Arctic Climate and Climate Change with a Focus on Greenland, Adv. in Eco. Res., 40, 13-43, doi: 10.1016/S0065-2504(07)00002-5
•Gutowski, W.J., K.A. Kozak, R.W. Arritt, J.H. Christensen, and J.C. Patton, and E.S. Takle, 2007: A Possible Constraint on Regional Precipitation Intensity Changes under Global Warming, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 8, 1382-1396.
•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. 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
•Jacob, C., L. Bärring, O.B Christensen, J.H. Christensen, M. de Castro, M. Déqué, F. Giorgi, S. Hagemann, M. Hirschi, R. Jones, E. Kjellström, G. Lenderink, B. Rockel, E. S. Sánchez, C. Schär, S.I. Seneviratne, S. Somot, A. van Ulden, and B. van den Hurk, 2007: An inter-comparison of regional climate models for Europe: Design of the experiments and model performance, Climatic Change, 81 Supl. 1, 31-52, doi:10.1007/s10584-006-9213-4
•Carmack, E., D. Barber, J.H. Christensen, R. Macdonald, B. Rudels, and E. Sakshaug, 2006: Climate variability and physical forcing of the food webs and the carbon budget on panarctic shelves, Progress in Oceanography, 72, 145-181, doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2006.10.005
•Stendel, M., V.E. Romanovsky, J. H. Christensen, and T. Sazonova, 2007: Using dynamical downscaling to close the gap between global change scenarios and local permafrost dynamics, Global and Planetary Change, 56, 203-214.
•Stendel, M., I.A. Mogensen, and J.H. Christensen, 2006: Influence of various forcings on global climate in historical times using a coupled AOGCM, Clim. Dyn., 26, 1-15. doi: 10.1007/s00382-005-0041-4.
•Christensen, J.H. and O.B. Christensen, 2003: Severe Summer Flooding in Europe, Nature, 421, 805-806.

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