Hans Renssen

Hans Renssen


Fakultet for teknologi, naturvitenskap og maritime fag
Institutt for natur, helse og miljø
Campus Bø (1-240)


Research interests

My main research interest is the impact of climate change on the environment, with a focus on climate changes in the past 150,000 years and in relation to the ongoing warming of climate. My main tools are numerical earth system models, used together with field-based evidence.


Since 2016: Professor in climate change research. Dept. of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health, Univ. of South-Eastern Norway.

2002-2016: Several positions (Researcher/Associate Professor/Full Professor), Climate change and Landscape Dynamics, Dept. of Earth Sciences, VU University Amsterdam.

2000-2002: Postdoctocal researcher, Institut d'Astronomie et de Géophysique G. Lemaître, Université caholique de Louvain, Belgium.

1997- 2000: Postdoctoral researcher, Faculty of Earth Sciences, VU University Amsterdam

1997: PhD in Paleoclimatology, Dept. of Physical Geography, Utrecht University

Other activities:

Member Editorial Advisory Board Quaternary Science Reviews, since 2018.

Member Editorial Advisory Board Quaternary, since 2017.

Member Editorial Advisory Board Journal of Quaternary Science, since 2011.



Publications in peer-reviewed journals


Aartsma, P., Asplund, J., Odland, A., Reinhardt, S., Renssen, H. (2021). Microclimatic comparison of lichen heaths and shrubs: shrubification generates atmospheric heating but subsurface cooling during the growing season. Biogeosciences 18, 1577-1599.


Aartsma, P., Asplund, J., Odland, A., Reinhardt, S., Renssen, H. (2020). Surface albedo of alpine lichen heaths and shrub vegetation. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 52, 312-322.

Li, H., Renssen, H., Roche, D.M. (2020). Modeling climate-vegetation interactions during the last interglacial: The impact of biogeophysical feedbacks in North Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews 249, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106609.

Rea, B.R., Pellitero, R., Spagnolo, M., Hughes, P., Ivy-Ochs, S., Renssen, H., Ribolini, A., Bakke, J., Lukas, S., Braithwaite, R.J. (2020) Atmospheric circulation over Europe during the Younger Dryas. Science Advances 6, eaba4844

Renssen, H. (2020). Comparison of Climate Model Simulations of the Younger Dryas Cold Event. Quaternary 3, doi: 10.3390/quat3040029.

Zhang, Y., Renssen, H., Seppä, H., Valdes, P.J., Li, J. (2020). Spatial contrasts of the Holocene hydroclimate trend between North and East Asia. Quaternary Science Reviews 227, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.106036


Kitover, D.C., Renssen, H., van Balen, R., Vandenberghe, J., Roche, D.M. (2019) Coupling of VAMPERS within iLOVECLIM: experiments during the LGM and Last Deglaciation. Journal of Quaternary Science 34,215-227, doi: 10.1002/jqs.3094.

Li, H., Renssen, H., Roche, D.M. (2019) Global vegetation distribution driving factors in two Dynamic Global Vegetation Models of contrasting complexities. Global and Planetary Change 180, 51-65, doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.05.009.

Li, H., Renssen, H., Roche, D.M., Miller, P.A. (2019) Modelling the vegetation response to the 8.2 ka BP cooling event in Europe and Northern Africa. Journal of Quaternary Science 34, 650-661, doi: 10.1002/jqs.3157.

Scussolini, P., Bakker, P., Guo, C., Stepanek, C., Zhang, Q., Braconnot, P., Cao, J., Guarino, M.V., Coumou, D., Prange, M., Ward, P.J., Renssen, H., Kageyama, M., Otto-Bliesner, B., Aerts, J.C.J.H. (2019) Agreement between reconstructed and modeled boreal precipitation  of the Last Interglacial. Science Advances 5, eaax7047.

Tremblay, M.M., Shuster, D.L., Spagnolo, M., Renssen, H., Ribolini, A. (2019) Temperatures recorded by cosmogenic noble gases since the last glacial maximum in the Maritime Alps. Quaternary Research 91, 829-847, doi: 10.1017/qua.2018.109.

Naughton, F., Costas, S., Gomes, S.D., Desprat, S., Rodrigues, T., Sanchez Goñi, M.F., Renssen, H., Trigo, R., Bronk-Ramsey, C., Oliveira, D., Salgueiro, E., Voelker, A.H.L., Abrantes, F. (2019) Coupled ocean and atmospheric changes during Greenland stadial 1 in southwestern Europe. Quaternary Science Reviews 212, 108-120. Doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.03.033.


Kuosmanen,N., Marquer, L., Tallavaara, M., Molinari, C., Zhang, Y., Alenius, T., Edinborough, K., Pesonen, P., Reitalu, T., Renssen, H., Trondman, A-,K., Seppä, H.  (2018) The role of climate, forest fires and human population size in Holocene vegetation dynamics in Fennoscandia. Journal of Vegetation Science 29, 382-392, doi: 10.1111/jvs.12601

Renssen, H., Goosse, H., Roche, D.M., Seppä, H. (2018) The global hydroclimate response during the Younger Dryas event. Quaternary Science Reviews 193, 84-97, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.05.033

Salonen, J.K., Helmens, K.F., Brendryen, J., Kuosmanen, N., Valiranta, M., Goring, S., Korpela, M., Kylander, M., Philip, A., Plikk, A., Renssen, H., Luoto, M. (2018) Abrupt high-latitude climate events and decoupled seasonal trends during the Eemian. Nature Communications 9, doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-05314-1

Van den Bos, V., Engels, S., Bohncke, S.J.P., Cerli, C., Jansen, B., Kalbitz, K., Peterse, F., Renssen, H., Sachse, D. (2018) Late Holocene changes in vegetation and atmospheric circulation at Lake Uddelermeer (The Netherlands) reconstructed using lipid biomarkers and compound-specific dD analysis. Journal of Quaternary Science 33, 100-111. doi: 10.1002/jqs.3006

Zhang, Y., Renssen, H., Seppä, H., Valdes, P.J. (2018) Holocene temperature trends in the extratropical Northern Hemisphere based on inter-model comparisons. Journal of Quaternary Science 33, 464-476, doi: 10.1002/jqs.3027


Otto-Bliesner, B., Braconnot, P., Harrison, S.P., Lunt, D.J., Abe-Ouchi, A., Albani, S., Bartlein, P.J., Capron, E., Carlson, A.E., Dutton, A., Fischer, H., Goelzer, H., Govin, A., Haywood, A., Joos, F., Legrande, A.N., Lipscomb, W.H., Lohmann, G., Mahowald, N., Nehrbass-Ahles, C., Pausata, F.S.R., Peterschmitt, J.Y., Phipps, S., Renssen, H., Zhang, Q. (2017) The PMIP4 contribution to CMIP6 – Part 2: Two Interglacials, Scientific Objective and Experimental Design for Holocene and Last Interglacial Simulations. Geoscientific Model Development 10, 3979–4003.

Kageyama, M., Albani, S., Braconnot, P., Harrison, S.P., Hopcroft, P.O., Ivanovic, R.F., Lambert, F., Marti, O., Peltier, W.R., Peterschmitt, J.Y., Roche, D.M., Tarasov, L., Zhang, X., Brady, E.C., Haywood, A.M., Allegra N. LeGrande, A.N., Lunt, D.J., Mahowald, N.M., Mikolajewicz, U., Nisancioglu, K.H., Otto-Bliesner, B.L., Renssen, H., Tomas, H.A., Zhang, Q., Abe-Ouchi, A., Bartlein, P.J., Cao, J., Lohmann, G., Ohgaito, R., Shi, X., Volodin, E., Yoshida, K., Zhang, X., and Zheng, W. (2017) The PMIP4 contribution to CMIP6 – Part 4: Scientific objectives and experimental design of the PMIP4-CMIP6 Last Glacial Maximum experiments and PMIP4 sensitivity experiments. Geoscientific Model Development 10, 4035–4055.   

Samartin, S., Heiri, O., Joos, F., Renssen, H., Franke, J., Bronnimann, S., Tinner, W. (2017) Warm Mediterranean mid-Holocene summers inferred from fossil midge assemblages. Nature Geoscience 10, 207-212.

Van Loo, M., Dusar, B., Verstraeten, G., Renssen, H., Notebaert, B., D’Haen, K., Bakker, J. (2017) Human induced soil erosion and the implications on crop yield in a small mountainous Mediterranean catchment (SW-Turkey). Catena 149, 493-506.

Zhang, Y., Renssen, H., Seppä, H., Valdes, P.J. (2017) Holocene temperature evolution in the Northern Hemisphere high latitudes – Model-data comparisons. Quaternary Science Reviews 173, 101-113, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.07.018.


Bügelmayer, M., Roche, D.M., Renssen, H., Andrews, J.T. (2016) Internal ice - sheet variability as source for the multi-century and millennial-scale iceberg events during the Holocene? A model study. Quaternary Science Reviews 138, 119-130, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.01.026.

Costas, S., Naugthon, P., Goble, R., Renssen, H. (2016) Windiness spells in SW Europe since the last glacial maximum. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 436, 82-92, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.12.023

Engels, S., Bakker, M.A.J., Bohncke, S.J.P., Cerli, C., Hoek, W.Z., Jansen, B., Peters, T., Renssen, H., Sachse, D., van Aken, J.M., van den Bos, V., van Geel, B., van Oostrom, R., Winkels, T., Wolma, T. (2016) Centennial-scale lake-level lowstand at Lake Uddelermeer (The Netherlands) indicates changes in moisture source region prior to the 2.8-kyr event. The Holocene 75, 1075-1091, doi: 10.1177/0959683616632890

Kitover, D., van Balen, R., Vandenberghe, J., Roche, D.M., and Renssen, H. (2016) LGM permafrost thickness and extent in the Northern Hemisphere derived from the earth system model iLOVECLIM. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 27, 31-42 doi: 10.1002/ppp.1861.

Kuosmanen, N., Seppä, H., Alenius, T., Bradshaw, R. H. W., Clear, J. l., Filimonova, L., Heikkilä, M., Renssen, H., Tallavaara, M., Reitalu, T. (2016) Importance of climate, forest fires and human population size in the Holocene boreal forest composition change in northern Europe. Boreas 45, 688-702, doi:10.1111/bor.12183

Pellitero, R., Rea, B.R., Spagnolo, M., Bakke, J., Ivy-Ochs, S., Frew, C.R., Hughes, P., Ribolini, A., Lukas, S., Renssen, H. (2016) GlaRe, a GIS tool to reconstruct the 3D surface of palaeoglaciers. Computers & Geosciences 94, 77-85.

Sejrup, H.P., Seppä, H., McKay, N.P., Kaufman, D.S., Geirsdottir, A., de Vernal, A., Renssen, H., Husum, K., Jennings, A., Andrews, J.T. (2016) North Atlantic-Fennoscandian Holocene climate trends and mechanisms. Quaternary Science Reviews 147, 365-378.

Zhang, Y., Renssen, H., Seppä, H. (2016) Effects of melting ice sheets and orbital forcing on the early Holocene warming in extratropical Northern Hemisphere. Climate of the Past 12, 1119–1135.


Bakker, P., Govin, A., Thornalley, D., Roche, D., Renssen, H. (2015) The evolution of deep ocean flow speeds and δ13C under large changes in the Atlantic Overturning Circulation - Toward a more direct model-data comparison. Paleoceanography 30, 95-117, doi: 10.1002/2015PA002776.

Blaschek, M., Bakker, P., Renssen, H. (2015) The influence of Greenland ice sheet melting on the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation during past and future warm periods: a model study. Climate Dynamics 44, 2137-2157, doi: 10.1007/s00382-014-2279-1.

Blaschek, M., Renssen, H., Kissel, C., Thornalley, D. (2015) Holocene North Atlantic Overturning in an atmosphere-ocean-sea-ice model compared to proxy-based reconstructions. Paleoceanography 30, 1503-1524, doi: 10.1002/2015PA002828

Bügelmayer, M., Roche, D.M., Renssen, H. (2015) How do icebergs affect the Greenland ice sheet under pre-industrial conditions? – A model study with a fully coupled ice sheet–climate model. The Cryosphere 9, 821-835.

Bügelmayer, M., Roche, D.M., Renssen, H. (2015) Representing icebergs in the iLOVECLIM model (version 1.0) – a sensitivity study. Geoscientific Model Development 8, 2139-2151

Davies, F.J., Renssen, H., Blaschek, M., and Muschitiello, F. (2015) The impact of Sahara desertification on Arctic cooling during the Holocene. Climate of the Past 11, 571-583.

Helmens, K.F., Salonen, J.S., Plikk, A., Engels, S., Väliranta, M., Kylander, M., Brendryen, J., Renssen, H. (2015) Major cooling intersecting peak Eemian Interglacial warmth in northern Europe. Quaternary Science Reviews 122, 293-299, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.05.018

Kitover, D., van Balen, R., Roche, D.M., Vandenberghe, J., Renssen, H. (2015) Advancement toward coupling of the VAMPER permafrost model within the earth system model iLOVECLIM (version 1.0): description and validation. Geoscientific Model Development 8, 1445-1460.

Muschitiello, F., Zhang, Q., Sundqvist, H.S., Davies, F.J., Renssen, H. (2015) Arctic climate response to the termination of the African Humid Period. Quaternary Science Reviews 125, 91-97 doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.08.012

Renssen, H., Mairesse, A., Goosse, H., Mathiot, P., Heiri, O., Roche, D.M., Nisancioglu, K.H., Valdes, P.J. (2015) Multiple causes of the Younger Dryas cold period. Nature Geoscience 8, 946–949, doi: 10.1038/ngeo2557

Seppä, H., Schurgers, G., Miller, P.A., Bjune, A.E., Giesecke, T., Kühl, N., Renssen, H., Salonen, J.S. (2015) Trees tracking a warmer climate: the Holocene range shift of hazel (Corylus avellana) in northern Europe. The Holocene 25, 53-63. doi: 10.1177/0959683614556377.

Stokes, C.R., Tarasov, L., Blomdin, R., Cronin, T.M., Fisher, T.G., Gyllencreutz, R., Hättestrand, C., Heyman, J., Hindmarsh, R.C.A, Hughes, A.L.C., Jakobsson, M., Kirchner, N., Livingstone, S.J., Margold, M., Murton, J.B., Noormets, R., Peltier, W.R., Peteet, D.M., Piper, D.J.W., Preusser, F., Renssen, H., Roberts, D.H., Roche, D.M., Saint-Ange, F., Stroeven, A.P., Teller, J.T. (2015) On the reconstruction of palaeo-ice sheets: Recent advances and future challenges. Quaternary Science Reviews 125, 15-49, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.07.016


Bakker, P., Masson-Delmotte, V., Martrat, B., Charbit, S., Renssen, H., Gröger, M., Krebs-Kanzow, U., Lohman, G., Lunt, D.J., Pfeiffer, M., Phipps, S.J., Prange, M., Ritz, S.P., Schulz, M., Stenni, B., Stone, E.J., Varma, V. (2014) Temperature trends during the Present and Last interglacial periods: A multi-model-data comparison. Quaternary Science Reviews 99, 224-243, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.06.031.

Bakker, P., Renssen, H., Van Meerbeeck, C.J. (2014) Early Last Interglacial Greenland Ice Sheet melting and a sustained period of meridional overturning weakening: A model analysis of the uncertainties. Climate Dynamics 43, 1025-1039, doi: 10.1007/s00382-013-1935-1.

Bakker, P., Renssen, H. (2014) Last interglacial model–data mismatch of thermal maximum temperatures partially explained. Climate of the Past 10, 1633-1644.

Caley, T., Roche, D.M., Renssen, H. (2014) Orbital Asian summer monsoon dynamics revealed using an isotope-enabled global climate model. Nature Communications 5, doi: 10.1038/ncomms6371.

Davies, F.J., Renssen, H., Goosse, H. (2014) The Arctic freshwater cycle during a naturally and an anthropogenically induced warm climate. Climate Dynamics 42, 2099-2112

Giraudeau, J., Renssen, H., Knies, J., and Rousseau, D.-D. (2014) Preface "The changing Arctic and Subarctic environment: proxy- and model-based reconstructions of Holocene climate variability in the northern North Atlantic", Climate of the Past 10, 589-590.

Heiri, O., Brooks, S.J., Renssen, H., Bedford, A., Hazekamp, M., Ilyashuk, B., Jeffers, E.S.,  Lang, B., Kirilova, E., Kuiper, S., Millet, L., Samartin, S., Toth, M., Verbruggen, F., Watson, J.E., van Asch, N., Lammertsma, E., Amon, L., Birks, H.H., Birks, H.J.B., Mortensen, M.F.,  Hoek. W.Z., Magyari, E., Muñoz Sobrino, C., Seppä, H., Tinner, W., Tonkov, S., Veski, S., Lotter, A.F. (2014) Validation of climate model-inferred regional temperature change for late-glacial Europe. Nature Communications 5, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5914.

Rasmussen, S.O., Birks, H.H., Blockley, S.P.E., Brauer, A., Hajdas, I., Hoek, W.Z. Lowe, J.J., Moreno, A., Renssen, H., Roche, D., Svensson. A.M., Valdes, P., Walker, M.J.C. (2014) Dating, synthesis, and interpretation of palaeoclimatic records of the last glacial cycle and model-data integration: advances of the INTIMATE (INTegration of Ice-core, MArine and TErrestrial records) COST Action ES0907. Quaternary Science Reviews 106, 1-13, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.10.031.


Bakker, P., Stone, E. J., Charbit, S., Gröger, M., Krebs-Kanzow, U., Ritz, S. P., Varma, V., Khon, S., Lunt, D. J., Mikolajewicz, U., Prange, M., Renssen, H., Schneider, B., and Schulz, M.(2013) Last interglacial temperature evolution – a model inter-comparison. Climate of the Past 9, 605-619.

Blaschek, M., Renssen, H. (2013) The Holocene thermal maximum in the Nordic Seas: the impact of Greenland Ice Sheet melt and other forcings in a coupled atmosphere-sea ice-ocean model. Climate of the Past 9, 1629-1643.

Blaschek, M., Renssen, H. (2013) The impact of early Holocene Arctic Shelf flooding on climate in an atmosphere–ocean–sea–ice model. Climate of the Past 9, 2651-2667

Fang, K., Morris, J.L., Salonen, S., Miller, P.A., Renssen, H., Sykes, M.T., Seppä, H. (2013) How robust are Holocene treeline simulations? A model–data comparison in the European Arctic treeline region. Journal of Quaternary Science 28, 595-604.

Jongma, S.I., Renssen, H., Roche, D.M. (2013) Simulating Heinrich event 1 with interactive icebergs. Climate Dynamics 40, 1373-1385

Kitover, D.C., Van Balen, R.T., Roche, D.M., Vandenberghe, J., Renssen, H. (2013) New estimates of permafrost evolution during the last 21k years in Eurasia using numerical modelling. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 24, 286-303.

Lunt, D.J., Abe-Ouchi, A., Bakker, P., Berger, A., Braconnot, P., Charbit, S., Fischer, N., Herold, N., Jungclaus, J. H., Khon, V. C., Krebs-Kanzow, U.,  Lohmann, G., Otto-Bliesner, B., Park, W., Pfeiffer, M., Prange, M., Rachmayani, R., Renssen, H., Rosenbloom, N., Schneider, B., Stone, E. J., Takahashi, K., Wei, W., Yin, Q. (2013). A multi-model assessment of last interglacial temperatures. Climate of the Past 9, 699-717.

Mathiot, P., Goosse, H., Crosta, X., Stenni, B., Braida, M., Renssen, H., Van Meerbeeck, C., Masson-Delmotte, V., Mairesse, A., Dubinkina, S. (2013) Using data assimilation to investigate the causes of Southern Hemisphere high latitude cooling from 10 to 8 ka BP. Climate of the Past 9, 887-901.

Morrill, C., LeGrande, A.N., Renssen, H., Bakker, P., Otto-Bliesner, B.L. (2013) Model sensitivity to North Atlantic freshwater forcing at 8.2 ka. Climate of the Past 9, 955-968.

Reitalu, T., Seppä, H., Sugita, S., Kangur, M., Koff, T., Avel, E., Kihno, K., Vassiljev, J., Renssen, H., Hammarlund, D., Heikkilä, M., Saarse, L., Poska, A. and Veski, S. (2013) Long-term drivers of forest composition in a boreonemoral region: the relative importance of climate and human impact. Journal of Biogeography 40, 1524-1534, doi:10.1111/jbi.12092

Thornalley, D.J.R, Blaschek, M., Davies, F.J., Praetorius, S., Oppo, D.W., McManus, J.F., Hall, I.R., Kleiven, H., Renssen, H., McCave, I.N. (2013) Long-term variations in Iceland–Scotland overflow strength during the Holocene. Climate of the Past 9, 2073-2084.


Bakker, P., Van Meerbeeck, C.J.V.M., Renssen, H. (2012) Sensitivity of the North Atlantic climate to Greenland Ice Sheet melting during the Last Interglacial. Climate of the Past, 8, 995–1009.

Goosse, H., Crespin, E., Dubinkina, S., Loutre, M.F., Mann, M.E., Renssen, H., Sallaz-Damaz, Y., Shindell, D. (2012) The role of forcing and internal dynamics in explaining the "Medieval Climate Anomaly". Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-012-1297-0.

Goosse, H., Braida, M., Crosta, X., Mairesse, A., Masson-Delmotte, V., Mathiot, P., Neukom, R., Oerter, H., Philippon, G., Renssen, H., Stenni, B., van Ommen, T., Verleyen, E. (2012) Antarctic temperature changes during the last millennium: evaluation of simulations and reconstructions. Quaternary Science Reviews 55, 75-90.

Kasse, C., Renssen, H. (2012) Palaeoenvironmental reconstructions: a tribute to the career of Jef Vandenberghe (editorial). Netherlands Journal of Geosciences 91, 1-3.

Kim, J-.H., Crosta, X., Willmott, V., Renssen, H., Bonnin, J., Helmke, P., Schouten, S., Sinnighe Damsté, J.S. (2012) Holocene subsurface temperature variability in the eastern Antarctic continental margin. Geophysical Research Letters 39, L06705, doi: 10.1029/2012GL051157.

Renssen, H., Seppä, H., Crosta, X., Goosse, H., Roche, D.M. (2012) Global characterization of the Holocene Thermal Maximum. Quaternary Science Reviews 48, 7-19.

Roche, D.M., Crosta, X., Renssen, H. (2012) Evaluating Southern Ocean sea-ice for the Last Glacial Maximum and pre-industrial climates: PMIP-2 models and data evidence. Quaternary Science Reviews 56, 99-106

Rohling, E., A. Sluijs, H.A. Dijkstra, P. Köhler, R.S.W. van de Wal, A.S. von der Heydt, with D. Beerling, A. Berger, P.K. Bijl, M. Crucifix, R. deConto, S.S. Drijfhout, A. Fedorov, G. Foster, A. Ganopolski, J. Hansen, B. Hönisch, H. Hooghiemstra, M. Huber, P. Huybers, R. Knutti, D.W. Lea, L.J. Lourens, D. Lunt, V. Masson-Demotte, M. Medina-Elizalde, B. Otto-Bliesner, M. Pagani, H. Pälike, H. Renssen, D.L. Royer, M. Siddall, P. Valdes, J.C. Zachos, R.E. Zeebe (2012) Making sense of palaeoclimate sensitivity. Nature 491, 683-691.

Sánchez Goñi, M.F., Bakker, P., Desprat, S., Carlson, A.E., Van Meerbeeck, C.J., Odile Peyron,O., Naughton, F., Fletcher, W.J., Eynaud, F., Rossignol, L., Renssen, H. (2012) European climate optimum and enhanced Greenland melt during the Last Interglacial. Geology 40, 627-630.

Vandenberghe, J., Renssen, H., Roche, D.M., Goosse, H., Velichko, A.A., Gorbunov, A., Levavasseur, G. (2012) Eurasian permafrost instability constrained by reduced sea-ice cover. Quaternary Science Reviews 34, 16-23.

Varma, V., Prange, M., Merkel, U., Kleinen, T., Lohmann, G., Pfeiffer, M., Renssen, H., Wagner, A., Wagner, S., and Schulz, M. (2012) Holocene evolution of the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds in transient simulations with global climate models. Climate of the Past 8, 391-402.


Notebaert, B., Verstraeten, G., Ward, P., Renssen, H., Van Rompaey, A. (2011) Modeling the sensitivity of sediment and water runoff dynamics to Holocene climate and land use changes at the catchment scale. Geomorphology 12618-31.

Roche, D.M., Renssen, H., Paillard, D. (2011) Deciphering the spatio-temporal complexity of climate change of the last deglaciation: a model analysis. Climate of the Past 7, 591-602.

Van Meerbeeck, C.J., Renssen, H., Roche, D.M., Wohlfarth, B., Bohncke, S.J.P., Bos, J.A.A., Engels, S., Helmens, K.F., Sánchez-Goñi, M.F., Svensson, A., Vandenberghe, J.F. (2011) The nature of MIS 3 stadial-interstadial transitions in Europe: new insights from model-data comparisons. Quaternary Science Reviews 30, 3618-3637

Van Meerbeeck, C.J., Roche, D.M., Renssen, H. (2011) Increased sensitivity of the North Atlantic Ocean circulation to freshwater forcing in simulated mild versus cold glacial climates. Climate Dynamics 37, 1909-1927

Ward, P.J., Renssen, H., Aerts, J.C.J.H, and Verburg, P.H. (2011) Sensitivity of discharge and flood frequency to twenty-first century and late Holocene changes in climate and land use (River Meuse, northwest Europe). Climatic Change 106, 179-202.

Wiersma, A.P., Roche, D.M. and Renssen, H. (2011) Fingerprinting the 8.2 ka event climate response in a coupled climate model. Journal of Quaternary Science 26, 118-127.


Denis, D., Crosta, X., Barbera, L., Massé, G., Renssen, H., Ther, O., Giraudeau, J. (2010) Sea ice and wind variability during the Holocene in East Antarctica: Insight on middle high latitude coupling. Quaternary Science Reviews 293709-3719.

Goosse, H., Crespin, E., de Montety, A., Mann, M.E., Renssen, H., Timmermann, A. (2010) Reconstructing surface temperature changes over the past 600 years using climate model simulations with data assimilation. Journal of Geophysical Research 115, D09108, doi:10.1029/2009JD012737.

Goosse, H., V. Brovkin, T. Fichefet, R. Haarsma, P. Huybrechts, J. Jongma, A. Mouchet, F. Selten, P.-Y. Barriat, J.-M. Campin, E. Deleersnijder, E. Driesschaert, H. Goelzer, I. Janssens, M.-F. Loutre, M. A. Morales Maqueda, T. Opsteegh, P.-P. Mathieu, G. Munhoven, E. J. Pettersson, H. Renssen, D. M. Roche, M. Schaeffer, B. Tartinville, A. Timmermann, and S. L. Weber (2010). Description of the Earth system model of intermediate complexity LOVECLIM version 1.2. Geoscientific Model Development 3, 603-633.

Moberg, A., Holmgren, K., Renssen, H., Sundqvist, H.S., Zhang, Q. (2010). Holocene climate variability over Scandinavia – A special issue originating from a workshop organized by the Bert Bolin Centre for Climate Research. Climate of the Past 6, 719-721.

Renssen, H., Goosse, H., Crosta, X., Roche, D.M. (2010) Early Holocene Laurentide Icesheet deglaciation causes cooling in the high-latitude Southern Hemisphere through oceanic teleconnection. Paleoceanography 25, PA3204, doi:10.1029/2009PA001854

Ward, P.J., Beets, W., Bouwer, L.M., Aerts, J.C.J.H., and Renssen, H (2010) Sensitivity of river discharge to ENSO. Geophysical Research Letters 37, L12402, doi: 10.1029/ 2010GL043215.


Denis, D., Crosta, X., Schmidt, S., Carson, D., Ganeshram, R., Renssen, H., Bout-Roumazeilles, V., Zaragosi, S., Martin, B., Giraudeau, J. (2009). Glacier and deep water Holocene dynamics, Adélie Land region, East Antarctica. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 291-1303.

Denis, D., Crosta, X., Schmidt, S., Carson, D., Ganeshram, R., Renssen, H., Crespin, J., Ther, O., Billy, I., and Giraudeau, J. (2009) Holocene productivity changes off Adélie Land (East Antarctica) on decadal to millennial timescales. Paleoceanography, 24, PA3207, doi:10.1029/2008PA001689.

Jongma, J.I., Driesschaert, E., Fichefet, T., Goosse, H. and Renssen, H., (2009). The effect of dynamic-thermodynamic icebergs on the Southern Ocean climate in a three-dimensional model. Ocean Modelling 26, 104-113.

Li, X.Y., Renssen, H., Wiersma, A.P., Törnqvist, T.E. (2009) Investigating the impact of Lake Agassiz drainage routes on the 8.2 ka cold event with climate modelling. Climate of the Past 5, 471-480.

Pike, J., Crosta, X., Maddison, E.J., Stickley, C.E., Denis, D., Barbara, L. Renssen, H. (2009) Observations on the relationship between the Antarctic coastal diatoms Thalassiosira antarctica Comber and Porosira glacialis (Grunow) Jørgensen and sea ice concentrations during the Late Quaternary. Marine Micropaleontology 73, 14-25.

Roche, D.M., Wiersma, A.P. and Renssen, H. (2009) A systematic study of the impact of freshwater pulses with respect to different geographical locations. Climate Dynamics 34, 997-1013.

Renssen, H., Seppä, H., Heiri, O., Roche, D.M., Goosse, H., Fichefet, T. (2009) The temporal and spatial complexity of the Holocene Thermal Maximum. Nature Geoscience 2, 411-414.

Van Meerbeeck, C.J., Renssen, H., Roche, D.M. (2009) How did Marine Isotope Stage 3 and Last Glacial Maximum climates differ? Perspectives from equilibrium simulations. Climate of the Past 5, 33-51.

Ward, P.J., Van Balen, R.T., Verstraeten, G., Renssen, H., and Vandenberghe, J. (2009) The impact of land use and climate change on late Holocene and future suspended sediment yield of the Meuse catchment. Geomorphology 103, 389-400.


Flückiger, J, Knutti, R., White, J.W., and Renssen, H. (2008) Modeled seasonality of glacial abrupt climate change. Climate Dynamics 31, 633-645.

Ljung, K., Björck, S., Renssen, H., and Hammarlund, D. (2008) South Atlantic island record reveals a South Atlantic response to the 8.2 kyr event. Climate of the Past 4, 35-45.

Ward, P.J., Renssen, H., Aerts, J.C.J.H., van Balen, R., Vandenberghe, J. (2008) Strong increases in flood frequency and discharge of the River Meuse over the late Holocene: impacts of long-term anthropogenic land use change and climate variability. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 12, 159-175.

Jongma, J.I., Prange, M., Renssen, H., and Schulz, M. (2007) Amplification of interglacial multicentennial climate forcing by mode transitions in North Atlantic overturning circulation, Geophysical Research Letters 34, L15706, doi: 10.1029/ 2007GL030642.


Helmens, K., Bos, J.A.A., Engels, S., Van Meerbeeck, C., Bohncke, S.J.P., Renssen, H., Heiri, O., Brooks, S.J., Seppä, H., Birks, H.J.B., Wohlfarth, B. (2007) Interglacial temperatures in northern Scandinavia during the Last Glaciation. Geology 35, 987-990.

Renssen, H., Goosse, H. and Fichefet, T. (2007) Simulation of Holocene cooling events in a coupled climate model. Quaternary Science Reviews 26, 2019-2026.

Renssen, H., Kasse, C., Vandenberghe, J., and Lorenz, S.J. (2007) Weichselian Late Pleniglacial surface winds over Northwest and Central Europe: a model-data comparison. Journal of Quaternary Science 22, 281-293.

Renssen, H., Lougheed, B.C., Aerts. J.C.J.H., de Moel, H., Ward, P.J., Kwadijk, J.C.J. (2007). Simulating long-term Caspian Sea level changes: the impact of Holocene and future climate conditions. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 261, 685-693.

Roche, D.M., Dokken, T., Goosse, H., Renssen, H., Weber, S.L. (2007) Climate of the Last Glacial Maximum: sensitivity studies and model–data comparison with the LOVECLIM coupled model. Climate of the Past 3, 205-224.

Roche, D.M., Renssen, H., Weber, S.L., Goosse, H. (2007) Could meltwaterpulses have sneaked unnoticed into the deep ocean during the last glacial? Geophysical Research Letters 34, L24708, doi:10.1029/2007GL032064.

Ward, P.J., Aerts, J.C.J.H., de Moel, H., Renssen, H. (2007) Verification of a coupled Climate-Hydrological Model against Holocene palaeohydrological records. Global and Planetary Change 57, 283-300.


Aerts, J.C.J.H., Renssen, H., Ward, Ph., de Moel, H., Odada, E., Bouwer, L.M., Goosse, H. (2006) Sensitivity of global river discharges under Holocene and future climate conditions. Geophysical Research Letters 33, L19401, doi:10.1029/ 2006GL027493.

Goosse, H., Arzel, O., Luterbacher, J., Mann, M., Renssen, H., Riedwyl, N., Timmermann, A., Xoplaki, E., and Wanner, H. (2006) The origin of the European "Medieval Warm Period". Climate of the Past 2, 99-113.

Goosse, H. and Renssen, H. (2006) Regional response of the climate system to solar forcing: the role of the ocean. Space Science Reviews 125, 227-235.

Goosse, H., Renssen, H., Timmermann, A., Bradley, R.S. and Mann, M.E. (2006) Using paleoclimate proxy-data to select an optimal realisation in an ensemble of simulations of the past millennium. Climate Dynamics 27, 165-184.

Renssen, H., Brovkin, V., Fichefet, T., and Goosse, H. (2006) Simulation of the Holocene climate evolution in Northern Africa: the termination of the African Humid Period. Quaternary International 150, 95-102.

Renssen, H., Driesschaert, E., Loutre, M.F., and Fichefet, T. (2006) On the importance of initial conditions for simulations of the Mid-Holocene climate. Climate of the Past 2, 91-97.

Renssen, H., Goosse, H. and Muscheler, R. (2006) Coupled climate model simulation of Holocene cooling events: oceanic feedback amplifies solar forcing. Climate of the Past 2, 79-90.

Vandenberghe, J., Renssen, H., van Huissteden, J., Nugteren, G., Konert, M., Lu, H., Dodonov, A., Zhou, L., and Buylaert, J.-P. (2006) Penetration of Atlantic westerly winds into the Central and East Asian monsoonal system. Quaternary Science Reviews 25, 2380-2389.

Wiersma, A.P. and Renssen, H. (2006) Detailed model-data comparison for the 8.2 ka BP event confirms forcing by catastrophic drainage of Laurentide Lakes. Quaternary Science Reviews 25, 63-88.

Wiersma, A.P., Renssen, H., Goosse, H. and Fichefet, T. (2006) Evaluation of different freshwater forcing scenarios for the 8.2 ka BP event in a coupled climate model. Climate Dynamics 27, 831-849.


Goosse, H., Crowley, T.J., Zorita, E., Ammann, C.M., Renssen, H., Driesschaert, E. (2005) Modelling the climate of the last millennium: what causes the differences between simulations? Geophysical Research Letters 32, L06710, doi:10.1029/ 2005GL022368.

Goosse, H., Renssen, H., Timmermann, A., and Bradley, R.S. (2005) Internal and forced climate variability during the last millennium: A model-data comparison using ensemble simulations. Quaternary Science Reviews 24, 1345-1360.

Goosse, H., and Renssen, H. (2005) Simulating the evolution of the ice cover in the Southern Ocean during the last 150 years: implications of the long memory of the ocean. International Journal of Climatology 25, 569-579.

Renssen, H., Goosse, H., Fichefet, T. (2005) Contrasting trends in North Atlantic deep-water formation in the Labrador Sea and Nordic Seas during the Holocene. Geophysical Research Letters 32, L08711, doi:10.1029/2005GL022462.

Renssen, H., Goosse, H., Fichefet, T., Brovkin, V., Driesschaert, E., and Wolk, F. (2005) Simulating the Holocene climate evolution at northern high latitudes using a coupled atmosphere-sea ice-oceanvegetation model. Climate Dynamics 24, 23-43.

Renssen, H., Goosse, H., Fichefet, T., Masson-Delmotte, V., and Koç, N. (2005) The Holocene climate evolution in the high-latitude Southern Hemisphere simulated by a coupled atmosphere-sea ice-ocean-vegetation model. The Holocene 15, 951-964.


Goosse, H., and Renssen, H. (2004) Exciting natural modes of variability by solar and volcanic forcing: idealized and realistic forcing. Climate Dynamics 23, 153-163.

Goosse, H., Masson-Delmotte, V., Renssen, H., Delmotte, M., Fichefet, T., Morgan, V., van Ommen, T., Khim, B.K., and Stenni, B. (2004) A late medieval warm period in the Southern Ocean as a delayed response to external forcing? Geophysical Research Letters 31, L06203, doi:101029/2003GL019140.

Renssen, H., Beets, C.J., Fichefet, T., Goosse, H., and Kroon, D. (2004) Modeling the climate response to a massive methane release from gas hydrates. Paleoceanography 19, PA2010, doi: 10.1029/2003PA000968.


Renssen, H., Brovkin, V., Fichefet, T., and Goosse, H. (2003) Holocene climate instability during the termination of the African Humid Period, Geophysical Research Letters 30, 1184, doi:10.1029/2002GL016636.

Renssen, H., and Bogaart, P.W. (2003) Atmospheric variability over the ~14.7 kyr BP stadial-interstadial transition in the North Atlantic region as simulated by an AGCM. Climate Dynamics 20, 301-313.

Renssen, H., Goosse, H., and Fichefet, T. (2003) On the non-linear response of the ocean thermohaline circulation to global deforestation, Geophysical Research Letters 30, 1061, doi:10.1029/2002GL016155.

Renssen, H., and Vandenberghe, J. (2003) Investigation of the relationship between permafrost distribution in NW Europe and extensive winter sea-ice cover in the North Atlantic Ocean during the cold phases of the Last Glaciation. Quaternary Science Reviews 22, 209-223.

van Geel, B., van der Plicht, J., and Renssen, H. (2003) Major delta-14C excursions during the Late Glacial and early Holocene: changes in ocean ventilation or solar forcing of climate change? Quaternary International 105, 71-76.


Goosse, H., Renssen, H., Selten, F.M., Haarsma, R.J., and Opsteegh, J.D. (2002) Potential causes of abrupt climate events: a numerical study with a three-dimensional climate model. Geophysical Research Letters 29, 1860, DOI 10.1029/2002GL014993.

Renssen, H., Goosse, H. and Fichefet, T. (2002) Modeling the effect of freshwater pulses on the early Holocene climate: the influence of high-frequency climate variability. Paleoceanography 17, 1020, 10.1029/2001PA000649.

Renssen, H., Isarin, R.F.B., and Vandenberghe, J. (2002) Thermal gradients in Europe during the last glacial-interglacial transition. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences/ Geologie en Mijnbouw 81, 113-122.


Goosse, H., and Renssen, H., (2001). A two-phase response of the Southern Ocean to an increase in greenhouse gas concentrations. Geophysical Research Letters 28, 3469-3472.

Renssen, H. (2001). The climate in The Netherlands during the Younger Dryas and Preboreal: means and extremes obtained with an atmospheric general circulation model. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences/ Geologie en Mijnbouw 80, 19-30.

Renssen, H. and Isarin, R.F.B. (2001). The two major warming phases of the last deglaciation at ~14.7 and ~11.5 kyr cal BP in Europe: climate reconstructions and AGCM experiments. Global and Planetary Change 30, 117-154.

Renssen, H., Goosse, H., Fichefet, T., and Campin, J.-M. (2001). The 8.2 kyr BP event simulated by a global atmosphere–sea-ice–ocean model. Geophysical Research Letters 28, 1567-1570.

Renssen, H., Isarin, R.F.B., Jacob, D., Podzun, R., and Vandenberghe, J. (2001). Simulation of the Younger Dryas climate in Europe using a regional climate model nested in an AGCM: preliminary results. Global and Planetary Change 30, 41-57.

Renssen, H. and Isarin, R.F.B. (2001). Data-model comparison of the Younger Dryas event: discussion. Canadian Journal of Earth Siences 38, 477-478.

Renssen, H., Isarin, R.F.B., Vandenberghe, J. and workshop participants (2001). Rapid climatic warming at the end of the last glacial: new perspectives. Global and Planetary Change 30, 155-165.

Vandenberghe, J., Isarin, R.F.B., and Renssen, H. (2001). Rapid climatic warming: palaeodata analysis and modelling. Global and Planetary Change 30, 1-5.


Renssen, H., Isarin, R.F.B., Vandenberghe, J., Lautenschlager, M., and Schlese, U. (2000) Permafrost as a critical factor in palaeoclimate modelling: the Younger Dryas case in Europe. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 176, 1-5.

Renssen, H., van Geel, B., van der Plicht, J., and Magny, M. (2000). Reduced solar activity as a trigger for the start of the Younger Dryas? Quaternary International 68/71, 373-383.

Renssen, H. and Knoop, J. (2000). A global river routing network for use in hydrological modeling. Journal of Hydrology 230, 230-243.

Renssen, H. and Lautenschlager, M. (2000) The effect of vegetation in a climate model simulation on the Younger Dryas. Global and Planetary Change 26, 423-443.

van Geel, B., Heusser, C.J., Renssen, H., and Schuurmans, C.J.E. (2000). Climate change in Chile at around 2700 BP and global evidence for solar forcing: a hypothesis. The Holocene 10, 659-664.


Isarin, R.F.B. and Renssen, H. (1999). Reconstructing and modelling Late Weichselian climates: the Younger Dryas in Europe as a case study. Earth-Science Reviews 48, 1-38.

van Geel, B., Raspopov, O.M., Renssen, H., van der Plicht, J., Dergachev, V.A., and Meijer, H.A.J. (1999). The role of solar forcing upon climate change. Quaternary Science Reviews 18, 331-338.

van Geel, B., van der Plicht, J., and Renssen, H. (1999). Comment on "A large California flood and correlative global climatic events 400 years ago (Schimmelmann et al., 1998)". Quaternary Research 51, 108-110.

Vandenberghe, J., Isarin, R.F.B., and Renssen, H. (1999). Comments on "Windpolished boulders as indicators of a Late Weichselian wind regime in relation to neighbouring areas" by Christiansen and Svenson [9 (1): 1-21, 1998]". Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 10, 199-201.


Isarin, R.F.B., Renssen, H., and Vandenberghe, J. (1998). The impact of the North Atlantic Ocean on the Younger Dryas climate in North-Western and Central Europe. Journal of Quaternary Science 13, 447-453.

Renssen, H., and Isarin, R.F.B. (1998). Surface temperature in NW Europe during the Younger Dryas: AGCM simulation compared with temperature reconstruction. Climate Dynamics 14, 33-44.

van Geel, B., van der Plicht, J., Kilian, M.R., Klaver, E.R., Kouwenberg, J.H.M., Renssen, H., Reynaud-Farrera, I., and Waterbolk, H.T. (1998). The sharp rise of 14C around 800 cal BC: possible causes,related climatic teleconnections and the impact on human environments. Radiocarbon 40, 535-550.


Isarin, R.F.B., Renssen, H., and Koster, E.A. (1997). Surface wind climate during the Younger Dryas in Europe as inferred from aeolian records and model simulations. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 134, 127-148.

Renssen, H. (1997). The global response to Younger Dryas boundary conditions in an AGCM simulation. Climate Dynamics 13, 587-599.


Renssen, H., Lautenschlager, M., and Schuurmans, C.J.E. (1996). The atmospheric winter circulation during the Younger Dryas stadial in the Atlantic/European sector. Climate Dynamics 12, 813-824.