Christian Siderius was a Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute. He studies people’s adaptation strategies to climate variability and uncertainty, applying economic concepts like flexibility and diversification. He works with Declan Conway on the El Nina project, studying the impact of this years’ El Nina on SMEs in Central and Southern Africa, and on the UMFULA project which focuses on decision making under uncertainty in the same region. Christian also manages a Kuwait Programme Research Grant project on ‘Understanding the Changing Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Kuwait and the Gulf Region’ .
Christian holds a Masters degree in hydrology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and a PhD degree in environmental economics from the same university. His doctoral thesis focuses on flexibility in land and water use for coping with rainfall variability.
Over the past 10 years, Christian worked for various large climate and water related research projects, focusing mainly on East Africa and South Asia.
Next to the Grantham institute he remains connected to Alterra, one of the main research institutes of Wageningen UR.
- Decision making under uncertainty
- Water resources allocation
- Hydro-economic modelling
- Food security
- Coping with climate variability
Research - 2019
Economic challenges as a result of the recent fluctuations in oil prices have exposed unprecedented risks to Kuwait and the... Read more
The faster melting of glaciers in the Himalayas in recent years will affect the crop production and livelihoods of around 129 million farmers who depend on meltwater from these glaciers, according to this paper published in Nature Sustainability. Read more
This paper presents an assessment of exposure to outdoor heat in the South Asian cities Delhi, Dhaka, and Faisalabad. Read more
Research - 2018
The El Niño event in 2015/2016 was one of the strongest since at least 1950. Through surveys and interviews with... Read more
Rapid advances in global hydrological model (GHM) resolution, model features, and in situ and remotely sensed datasets are driving progress... Read more
In a warming world an increasing number of people are being exposed to heat, making a comfortable thermal environment an... Read more
The 2015/2016 El Niño was one of the three most severe on record. El Niño is commonly linked to droughts... Read more
Research - 2016
Biemans, H., Siderius, C., Mishra, A., and Ahmad, B. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1971-1982, doi:10.5194/hess-20-1971-2016, 2016. Read more
Siderius, C., Van Walsum, P.E.V., Roest, C.W.J., Smit, A.A.M.F.R., Hellegers, P.J.G.J., Kabat, P. and Van Ierland, E.C. (2016) The role... Read more
Christian Siderius, Hester Biemans, Paul E. V. van Walsum, Ekko C. van Ierland, Pavel Kabat and Petra J. G. J.... Read more
Policy - 2019
Climate change will lead to increases in the occurrence of chronic heat exposure over longer durations and there is an urgent need to focus on managing the risks this poses, as well as the immediate risks from shorter-lived heat events. This policy brief looks at the problem with a focus on developing and emerging economies, and provides recommendations for action by government, utilities, property developers and investors, development support and finance organisations. Read more
This brief introduces the concept of climate information and reasons for its use in major decisions about water, energy and agriculture, including new infrastructure investments. Read more
News - 2019
Understanding the connections between water use, and energy and food production can help us address some of challenges posed by climate change. Read more
News - 2016
A new Grantham Research Institute project is exploring the impact of El Niño and La Niña events on small-and medium-sized enterprises in Africa. Read more