Maarten van Aalst

International Federation of Red Cross Climate Centre, Director

Maarten van Aalst is Director of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and holds the Princess Margriet Chair in Climate and Disaster Resilience at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente. He also has an adjunct appointment at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University. Prof van Aalst is Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and served on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of UNDRR, the Leadership Group of the UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R, the Steering Group of the Partners for Resilience alliance, and advisory boards of several international research programmes on climate risk management. After completing a PhD in atmospheric science at Utrecht University and the Max Planck Institute in Mainz, he worked on climate change adaptation and disaster risk management with the World Bank, regional development banks, the OECD, and several governments.

Maarten is speaking at

June 18, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online webinar


  • Andy Jarvis (Speaker) Associate Director General, Alliance Bioversity CIAT
  • Elisabeth Gilmore (Speaker) Environmental Science and Policy Program in the Department of International Development, Community and Environment at Clark University (Associate Professor), Peace Research Institute Oslo (Senior Associate Researcher), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (Visiting Scientist)
  • Maarten van Aalst (Speaker) International Federation of Red Cross Climate Centre, Director
  • Mark Goldberg (Moderator) Host, Global Dispatches Podcast
  • Grazia Pacillo (Moderator) Senior Economist, CGIAR Climate Security


Webinar description

Recent advances in ICTs and IoT has made many new data sets available. This, coupled with improved capacities in data processing, machine learning and spatial analysis has opened doors to new types of analysis for research and monitoring.

This session will discuss how these capacities can be leveraged to shed light on the drivers of climate security. Our guest speakers will be sharing examples of how these advancements have been able to inform more accurate decisions in conflict analysis processes.

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