My experience in Systematic Review writing

Published on: August 1, 2022

Recently, I published a systematic review in Earth-Science Reviews along with my colleague Joris de Vente, in which we studied the impact of climate change on soil erosion, with an additional focus on conservation measures and land use change. This is the first systematic review that I have published, but it already gave me some interesting insights. In this blog post I want to share those insights, which hopefully can help you in your next systematic review. First, I will give a short overview…

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How to make a great graphical abstract

Published on: June 6, 2022

I’m sure that you at least once were demanded by a journal to make a graphical abstract for one of your publications. This is often viewed as something mandatory and many researchers reuse a figure from the paper for this purpose. However, I think that you can make your paper stand out by making a great graphical abstract. In this blog post I will show how you can make a graphical abstract and with a few simple steps improve it to make it really great. So what is a graphical abstract? Well…

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Review IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

Published on: December 18, 2020

The IPCC is currently working on the new Sixth Assessment Report. Like with the five previous assessment reports, this report will be again a landmark publication for climate change research. In this blog post I want to tell about my experience with reviewing a previous IPCC report, for which I even was selected to become a contributing author. About two years ago I found out that Working Group II of the IPCC was working on a new report called Climate Change and Land. The IPCC is divided over…

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Visualizing Uncertainty in Maps

Published on: November 24, 2019

One of my main research topics is the impact of climate change on soil erosion. I often apply an ensemble of climate models to account for the uncertainty in the future climate projections. In this way, I can determine how (un)certain the soil erosion projections are, of course, after applying a statistical test. But how can you visualize this uncertainty? That is the topic of this blog post. This all seems rather boring, but don’t leave yet. I promise I will show you some nice maps! In…

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Workshop Science Communication

Published on: September 18, 2019

The IAHS Early Career Committee (ECC) organized the Science Communication workshop at the IUGG General Assembly in Montreal. Three speakers were invited to talk about various subjects on how to communicate scientific results to the general public. The talks were followed by a fruitful discussion on the motivation to actively reach out to the public personally and on behalf of the hydrological community. This blog post highlights the key points raised by the speakers and summarizes the outcomes…

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