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  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1087

    1081 HV Amsterdam

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Dr Paolo Scussolini is postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Water and Climate Risk department of the IVM.

Presently, he aims to combine the efforts of the paleo climate and the climate impacts communities. In his LIG Floods project he uses paleo climate models, global hydrological and hydraulic models and flood risk models to look how floods impacts may look like if a warmer climate, similar to the Last Interglacial (125,000 years ago) were to materialize. He is also interested in how climate change and growth alter flood risk at the city-scale, and in the effects of measures of climate adaptation.

His background is in the environmental disciplines, and he specialized in climatology. He started his research activities investigating the lacustrine ecology of the Pyrenees from a paleolimnological perspective. He then wrote a Ph.D. thesis in the field of paleoclimatology and paleoceanography, studying the dynamics of glacial-interglacial climate change, as recorded in marine sediment cores from the South Atlantic Ocean.

Paolo coordinates the BSc Honours’ course in Climate Change, and the MSc course in Water Management.


2010-2014: PhD candidate. Earth and Climate group, VU Amsterdam

2009-2010: MSc Environmental Management and Restoration. University of Barcelona, Spain

2000-2006 MSc Environmental Science. University of Parma, Italy


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Research Output 2011 2018

  • 13 Article
  • 1 Review article
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

The ability of societies to adapt to twenty-first-century sea-level rise

Hinkel, J., Aerts, J. C. J. H., Brown, S., Jiménez, J. A., Lincke, D., Nicholls, R. J., Scussolini, P., Sanchez-Arcilla, A., Vafeidis, A. & Addo, K. A. 1 Jul 2018 In : Nature Climate Change. 8, 7, p. 570-578 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

twenty first century
twenty-first century
coastal engineering
social conflict

A comparison of two global datasets of extreme sea levels and resulting flood exposure

Muis, S., Verlaan, M., Nicholls, R., Brown, S., Hinkel, J., Lincke, D., Vafeidis , A., Scussolini, P., Winsemius, H. C. & Ward, P. J. Mar 2017 In : Earth's Future. 5, 4, p. 379-392

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
sea level
confidence interval

Adaptation to Sea Level Rise: A Multidisciplinary Analysis for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Scussolini, P., Tran, . T. V. T., Koks, E. E., Diaz Loaiza, M. A., Ho, L. P. & Lasage, R. 1 Dec 2017 In : Water Resources Research. 53, 12, p. 10841-10857 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
natural disaster
urban area
Open Access
return period
flood protection
climate change