Dr. Joris de Vente

Joris de Vente

Tenured scientist

Associate editor Land Degradation & Development
Editorial board member Water
Research updates on Twitter: @JorisdeVente


PhD in Geography at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
MSc. In Physical Geography at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

Former positions

Member of the Science-Policy Interface of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) (2014-2017)
Post doctoral researcher CEBAS-CSIC (Spain)(2012-2016)
Post doctoral researcher School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen (UK) (2010-2011)
Post doctoral researcher EEZA-CSIC (Spain)(2007-2012)
Researcher Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (Spain) (2007)
Visiting researcher CEBAS-CSIC (Spain) (2006)
PhD researcher Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) (2001-2005)
Consultant Resource Analysis (Delft, the Netherlands) (1998-2001)

Research interests

  • the impacts of changes in climate, land use and land management on soil and water resources and related ecosystem services
  • the prediction and understanding of soil erosion and sediment yield from hillslopes to the catchment scale, based on modelling, field observations and measurements
  • socio-ecological systems analysis to identify barriers and motivators for Sustainable Nature Based Solutions related to land degradation and climate change
  • participatory action research, multistakeholder partnerships and development of sustainable business models.

Current projects

COASTAL: Collaborative land-sea integration platform (H2020; 2018-2022)

ENABLE: European Network for Advancement of Business and Landscape Education (ERASMUS+ Strategic partnerships) (2016-2019)

DIVERFARMING: Crop diversification and low-input farming across Europe: from practitioners’ engagement and ecosystem services to increased revenues and value chain organization (H2020; 2017-2021).

Training on monitoring, modelling and evaluation of the benefits of ecosystem restoration on ecosystem services (Commonland foundation; 2018-2019).

Hydrology and erosion model development and application for evaluation of altimeter data to support model calibration (FutureWater; 2018-2019).

Selected Publications

Eekhout, J. P. C., & de Vente, J. (2019). Assessing the effectiveness of Sustainable Land Management for large-scale climate change adaptation. Science of The Total Environment, 654, 85–93.

van Leeuwen, C. C. E., Cammeraat, E. L. H., de Vente, J., & Boix-Fayos, C. (2019). The evolution of soil conservation policies targeting land abandonment and soil erosion in Spain: A review. Land Use Policy, 83, 174–186.

Eekhout, J. P. C., & de Vente, J. (2019). The implications of bias-correction methods and climate model ensembles on soil erosion projections under climate change. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, in press.

Eekhout, J. P. C., Terink, W., & de Vente, J. (2018). Assessing the large-scale impacts of environmental change using a coupled hydrology and soil erosion model. Earth Surf. Dynam., 6(3), 687–703.

Eekhout, J. P. C., Hunink, J. E., Terink, W., & de Vente, J. (2018). Why increased extreme precipitation under climate change negatively affects water security. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22(11), 5935–5946.

Hunink, J., Eekhout, J., de Vente, J., Contreras, S., Droogers, P. and Baille, A., 2017. Hydrological Modelling using Satellite-Based Crop Coefficients: A Comparison of Methods at the Basin Scale. Remote Sensing, 9(2): 174.

de Vente, J., Bautista, S., Orr, B., 2017. Preface: Optimizing science impact for effective implementation of Sustainable Land Management. Journal of Environmental Management, 195:1-3

Sanz, M.J., de Vente, J., Chotte, J.L., Bernoux, M., Kust, G., Ruiz, I., Almagro, M., Alloza, J.A., Vallejo, R., Castillo, V., Hebel, A. and Akhtar-Schuster, M., 2017. Sustainable Land Management contribution to successful land-based climate change adaptation and mitigation. A Report of the Science-Policy Interface. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Bonn, Germany.

Almagro, M., de Vente, J., Boix-Fayos, C., García-Franco, N., Melgares de Aguilar, J., González, D., Solé-Benet, A. and Martínez-Mena, M., 2016. Sustainable land management practices as providers of several ecosystem services under rainfed Mediterranean agroecosystems. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change

de Vente, J., Reed, M.S., Stringer, L.C., Valente, S. and Newig, J., 2016. How does the context and design of participatory decision making processes affect their outcomes? Evidence from sustainable land management in global drylands. Ecology and Society, 21(2).

Quiñonero-Rubio, J.M., Nadeu, E., Boix-Fayos, C. and de Vente, J., 2016. Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Forest Restoration and Check-Dams to Reduce Catchment Sediment Yield. Land Degradation & Development, 27(4): 1018-1031.

Stringer, L.C., Fleskens, L., Reed, M.S., de Vente, J., Zengin, M., 2014. Participatory evaluation of monitoring and modelling of sustainable land management technologies in areas prone to land degradation. Environmental Management, 54: 1022-1042.

de Vente, J., Poesen, J., Verstraeten, G., Govers, G., Vanmaercke, M., Vanrompaey, A., Arabkhedri, M. and Boix-Fayos, C., 2013. Predicting soil erosion and sediment yield at regional scales: where do we stand? Earth-Science Reviews, 127: 16-29

Vanmaercke, M., Poesen, J., Verstraeten, G., de Vente, J., Maetens, W., Ocakoglu, F., 2011. Sediment yield in Europe: spatial patterns and scale dependency. Geomorphology, 130 (3-4): 142-161

de Vente, J., Poesen, J., Verstraeten, G., Van Rompaey, A. and Govers, G., 2008. Spatially distributed modelling of soil erosion and sediment yield at regional scales in Spain. Global and Planetary Change, 60(3-4): 393-415

de Vente, J., Poesen, J., Arabkhedri, M. and Verstraeten, G., 2007. The sediment delivery problem revisited. Progress in Physical Geography, 31(2): 155-178

de Vente, J. and Poesen, J., 2005. Predicting soil erosion and sediment yield at the basin scale: Scale issues and semi-quantitative models. Earth-Science Reviews, 71(1-2): 95-125

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