Wim Thiery



Assistant Professor


Land-Climate Dynamics


Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Prof. Dr. Wim Thiery is a climate scientist with a specific interest in modelling the interactions between water resources and the atmosphere in a changing world. From 2011 to 2015, he was an FWO research fellow investigating the interaction between climate and the African Great Lakes with a regional climate model. Since October 2015, Wim is a Research Fellow at ETH Zurich, where he investigates the historical and future impacts of irrigation on climate extremes. In 2017, Wim was also appointed at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he is now leading the Global Hydroclimate Group. After 6.5 years of research, Wim Thiery (co-)authored 26 publications in high-end peer-reviewed journals, seven of which as first author, and one in Nature Communications (published and in review). His expertise includes lake-climate interactions, climate change, climate modelling, land management, storm early warnings, and hydrodynamic modelling. Forbes magazine recently elected him as a member of the “Forbes 30 under 30 Europe” Class of 2017, bringing together the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers in Europe.