Non-renewable groundwater abstraction leading to groundwater depletion has global dimensions. It should therefore be addressed by a mix of solutions in cooperative projects between international and regional experts and local stakeholders.▶
Marc Bierkens (1965) holds the chair in Earth Surface Hydrology at the Department of Physical Geography at Utrecht University and acts currently as chairman of the department. He received his MSc in Hydrology from Wageningen University (1990), a PhD in Physical Geography from Utrecht University (1994) and became professor of Hydrology at Utrecht University in 2002. He is also partly employed by TNO/Deltares In between 1994 and 2002 he worked as a senior scientist and team leader at Alterra Research Institute in Wageningen. Marc Bierkens’ ﬁelds of expertise are groundwater hydrology, stochastic hydrology, hydrological regionalisation, upscaling theory and geostatistics. Recently initiated work comprises integrated modelling of soil-water-vegetation dynamics, data-assimilation methods for operational water management and global scale hydrological modelling in relation to climate change and water availability.
Marc Bierkens is a member of the European Geosciences Union, the American Geophysical Union and the International Association of Hydrological Sciences and is associate editor for Water Resources Research and Geoderma. He was chairman of the Boussinesq Center, the network of university hydrology groups in theNetherlands(2007-2011) and is currently chairman of the Netherlands Hydrology Society, which represents over 600 Dutch hydrology professionals. He co-organised the IAHS ModelCARE conference in 2005 in The Netherlands. He was supervisor on 11 completed PhD theses and has been a committee member on > 40. Marc Bierkens (co-) authored about 160 publications, > 85 of which appeared in international peer-reviewed journals. He is principal author of the book “Upscaling and Downscaling Methods for Environmental Research” (2002), co-author of the book “Sampling for Natural Resource Monitoring” (2006) and editor of the book “Climate and the Hydrological Cycle” (2008).