Digital Ocean Forum 2024


Wilco Hazeleger

University of Utrecht - DestinE Scientific Advisory Board

Dean Faculty of Geosciences/Professor Climate System Science

Wilco Hazeleger is dean of the Faculty of Geosciences and full professor of Climate System Science at Utrecht University. He is integrally responsible for research, education, and operations of the faculty. The faculty is world leading in research and teaching on the Earth system and sustainability, with a unique combination of expertise in natural and social sciences. Hazeleger is closely involved in Open Science and applications of data science in sustainability research. Hazeleger studied meteorology at Wageningen University and Reading University (UK). He obtained his PhD in physical oceanography from Utrecht University. He worked at Columbia University (USA) and at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI, NL). He focuses on climate dynamics, scenarios, climate adaptation and digitization. From 2014 to 2019 he was director of the Netherlands eScience Center and worked on the application of digital technology and data science in all scientific domains. In 2019 he was appointed as full professor and dean at Utrecht University. (see Prof. dr. ir. Wilco Hazeleger - Utrecht University ( Digital Twins of the Earth With a background in climate research, modelling and applications for climate adaptation policy, and with an expertise in digitization (HPC, data management, and AI), Hazeleger became one of the initiators of the concept of Digital Twins of Earth. He contributed to the early development and was one of the initiators of what now is the Destination Earth (DestinE) program within Europe. He is member of the Strategic Advisory Board of DestinE and is involved in quality assurance. His current contributions are on humans and digital twins of the Earth, addressing accessibility and responsible use of information of digital twins through governance.

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