Prof.dr. F. (Frans) Klijn

Profile

Frans Klijn is specialist in Adaptive Delta Panning, working at Deltares (The Netherlands) since 1996, and as professor at TPM from 2015. Trained as a physical geographer and geo-ecologist, he has been working on River Basin Management since 1980. His experience ranges from policy analysis to the practical planning and design of river management measures. He has a broad experience in environmentally sound planning, with special emphasis on resilience strategies for flood risk management.

In the 1990s Frans Klijn played in important role in the societal debate on the management of the large Dutch rivers, regarding a.o. nature rehabilitation and flood protection measures, which culminated in the Room-for-Rivers policy. He is a member of the ‘Quality Team’, which ensures that all 39 room-for-river plans deliver not only flood protection but also Spatial Quality.

Recently, he co-ordinated the research on ‘Climate-proof flood risk management’ for the Netherlands’ Knowledge for Climate programme and he continuously advises the Netherlands’ Delta Programme.

Research

In his current research, Frans Klijn primarily focuses on comprehensive flood risk management and long-term planning for sustainability.
Key issues are decision making under deep uncertainty and operationalizing concepts such as resilience, robustness and flexibility in such a way that they may be practically used as (normative) design principles for the drafting of long-term strategic alternatives for infrastructure and land use (development) planning.

  • Klijn, F., H. Kreibich, H. de Moel & E. Penning-Rowsell (2015). Adaptive Flood Risk Management Planning based on a Comprehensive Flood Risk Conceptualisation. DOI: 10.1007/s11027-015-9638-z, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies to Global Change (MITI) 20(2015)/6: 845-864
  • Klijn, F. & M. Maarse (2015). Wat te doen tegen de toename van overstromingsrisico’s in de toekomst? Handelingsperspectieven voor beleid en beheer afgeleid uit het onderzoek naar toekomstbestendige overstromingsrisicobeheersing van Kennis voor Klimaat. STOWA-rapport 2015-33, Amersfoort. ISBN 978-90-5773-721-3
  • Klijn, F., M.J.P. Mens & N.E.M. Asselman (2015). Flood risk management for an uncertain future: economic efficiency and system robustness perspectives compared for the Meuse River (Netherlands). DOI: 10.1007/s11027-015-9643-2, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies to Global Change (MITI), 20(2015)/6:1011-1026
  • Klijn, F., D. de Bruin, M. de Hoog, S. Jansen & D. Sijmons (2013). Design quality of Room-for-the-River measures in the Netherlands: role and assessment of the Quality Team (Q-team). DOI:10.1080/15715124.2013.811418, Journal of River Basin Management. 11(2013)/3: 287–299
  • Klijn, F., K.M. de Bruijn, J. Knoop & J.C.J. Kwadijk (2012). Assessment of the Netherlands’ flood risk management policy under global change. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-011-0193-x, Ambio (2012) 41:180-192
  • Klijn, F., J. Knoop, W. Ligtvoet & M.J.P. Mens (2012). In search of robust flood risk management alternatives for the Netherlands. DOI: 10.5194/nhess-12-1469-2012, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 12, 1469–1479
  • FLOODsite (ed. F. Klijn), 2009. Flood risk assessment and flood risk management. An introduction and guidance based on experiences and findings of FLOODsite (an EU-funded Integrated Project). Deltares, Delft, the Netherlands, ISBN 978 90 814067 1 0
  • Klijn, F.,  P. Samuels & A. van Os (2008). Towards Flood Risk Management in the EU: state of affairs with examples from various European countries. Journal for River Basin Management 6(2008)/4: 307-321
  • Hooijer, A., F. Klijn, G.B.M. Pedroli & A. van Os (2004). Towards sustainable flood risk management in the Rhine and Meuse river basins: synopsis of the findings of IRMA-SPONGE. River Research & Applications 20(2004)/3 343-357
  • Klijn, F., M. van Buuren, & S.A.M. van Rooij (2004). Flood risk management strategies for an uncertain future: living with Rhine River floods in the Netherlands? Ambio 33(2004)/3: 141-147
  • Silva, W., F. Klijn & J.P.M. Dijkman (2001). Room for the Rhine Branches in the Netherlands. What the research has taught us. WL, Delft & RIZA, Arnhem

More publications

Member of the Q-team, Quality team Room for the Rivers (2006-2017)
Member of working group Rivers of the Netherlands’ Expertise Network Flood Risk Management (ENW)

Vice-chair of the Scientific Committees of the Conferences FLOODrisk2012 and 2016
Chair of the Scientific Committee FLOODrisk2020

Editor of the Netherlands’ scientific journal Landschap (1992-2002)
Member of editorial board of Landscape Ecology (1999-2004)
Editorial board of Aarde & Mens (1999- 2001†)
Editor of the Journal for River Basin Management (2002- )
Editor of the Journal of Flood Risk Management
Editor of Water Security

  • Klijn, F. & M. Maarse (2015). Wat te doen tegen de toename van overstromingsrisico’s in de toekomst? Handelingsperspectieven voor beleid en beheer afgeleid uit het onderzoek naar toekomstbestendige overstromingsrisicobeheersing van Kennis voor Klimaat. STOWA-rapport 2015-33, Amersfoort. ISBN 978-90-5773-721-3
  • FLOODsite (ed. F. Klijn), 2009. Flood risk assessment and flood risk management. An introduction and guidance based on experiences and findings of FLOODsite (an EU-funded Integrated Project). Deltares | Delft Hydraulics, Delft, the Netherlands, ISBN 978 90 814067 1 0. E-publication www.floodsite.net, 140 pp.
  • Klijn, F. (1997). A hierarchical approach to ecosystems and its implications for ecological land classification; with examples of ecoregions, ecodistricts and ecoseries of the Netherlands. Thesis Leiden University. (xxviii) + 186 pp.
  • Klijn, F. (ed.) (1994). Ecosystem classification for environmental management. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht/ Boston/ London. 293 pp.
  • WLO- Werkgroep Integraal Waterbeheer (B.G.H.J. Beltman, J.M.H. Demon, H. Duel, J.L. Fiselier, J. de Jongh, J.F. Jonkhof, F. Klijn, C. Kwakernaak, A.F.M. Meuleman, J. Runhaar, C.C. Vos, M. Weisz & J.A.W. de Wit) (1991). Water in balans. Reeks Landschaps¬studies 15, Pudoc, Wageningen. 120 pp.

Frans Klijn

Professor

Department:

Multi-Actor Systems

Group:

Policy Analysis

Research interests:
Adaptive Delta Planning
Flood Risk Management
Water Resources Management
Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty
Integrated River Basin Management

 


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