Publications Hans Renssen

Submitted/ accepted/ in press


Blaschek, M., Renssen, H., Kissel, C., Thornalley, D. Holocene North Atlantic Overturning in an atmosphere-ocean-sea-ice model compared to proxy-based reconstructions. Paleoceanography, in press




Bakker, P., Govin, A., Thornalley, D., Roche, D., Renssen, H. (2015) Modeling deep ocean flow speeds and δ13C during the Last Interglacial: Towards a more direct model-data comparison. PAGES News 23 (1), 18-19. PDF


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.


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. PDF.


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. PDF


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. PDF.


Helmens, K.F., Salonen, J.S., Plikk, A., Engels, S., Väliranta, M., Kylander, M., Brendyen, 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., and 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. PDF


Kitover, D., van Balen, R., Vandenberghe, J., Roche, D.M., and Renssen, H. (2015) LGM permafrost thickness and extent in the Northern Hemisphere derived from the earth system model iLOVECLIM. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, doi: 10.1002/ppp.1861.


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, doi: 10.1038/ngeo2557


Roche, D.M., Renssen, H., Morrill, C., Goosse, H., Mairesse, A. (2015) Freshwater release and volcanic eruptions as drivers of abrupt changes during interglacial climate. PAGES News 23 (1), 8-9. PDF


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. doi:10.5194/cp-10-1633-2014.


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. See contribution by B. Konecky in Nature New and Views on this paper.


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, doi: 10.1007/s00382-013-1849-y.


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. Link to special issue


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., Seppa, 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. PDF.


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, PDF.


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. PDF

Jongma, J.I., Renssen, H., Roche, D.M. (2013) Simulating Heinrich event 1 with interactive icebergs. Climate Dynamics 40, 1373-1385. doi:10.1007/s00382-012-1421-1


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, Doi: 10.1002/jqs.2654

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 Doi: 10.1002/ppp.1787.

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, PDF.

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, PDF.


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, PDF.


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, PDF.


Bakker, P., Van Meerbeeck, C. J., and 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. PDF

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 39, 2847-2866, 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. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.09.003

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


Kitover, D., Renssen, H., Van Balen, R.T., Vandenberghe, J. (2012) Modeling permafrost response of the last glacial termination: first results of the VAMPER model. In: Hinkel, K.M. (ed.). Proceedings of the 10th international permafrost conference, Salekhard, Yamal-Nenets, 25-29 June 2012, 209-214.


PALAEOSENS Project Members: 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.

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. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.05.022

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.


Roche, D.M., Renssen, H., Paillard, D., (2012) A spatial view on temperature change and variability during the last deglaciation: a model analysis. In: A. Berger, F. Mesinger, and D. Šijački (eds.), "Climate Change: Inferences from Paleoclimate and Regional Aspects". Springer, 79-92.

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. doi: 10.1130/G32908.1

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. doi:10.1016/

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. PDF


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 126, 18-31. Doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2010.08.016.

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

Stenni, B., Crosta, X., Oerter, H., Escutia Dotti, C., Renssen, H., Goosse, H., Pike, J., Dunbar, R.B. (2011) Holocene climate variability at high-southern latitudes: an integrated perspective (HOLOCLIP). PAGES News 19 (1), 37. PDF

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, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.08.002


Van Meerbeeck, C.J., Roche, D.M., Renssen, H. (2011) Assessing the sensitivity of the North Atlantic Ocean circulation to freshwater perturbation in various glacial climate states. Climate Dynamics 37, 1909-1927, doi: 10.1007/s00382-011-1043-z


Ward, P.J., Renssen, H., Aerts, J.C.J.H., Verburg, P.H. (2011) Sensitivity of discharge and flood frequency to 21st Century changes in climate and land use (River Meuse, northwest Europe). Climatic Change 106, 179-202, doi: 10.1007/s10584-010-9926-2

Wiersma, A.P., Roche, D.M., Renssen, H. (2011) Fingerprinting the 8.2 ka BP event climate response in a coupled climate model. Journal of Quaternary Science 26, 118-127. doi: 10.1002/jqs.1439



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 29, 3709-3719, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.08.007.

Goosse H., E. Crespin, A. de Montety, M.E. Mann, H. Renssen and A. Timmermann (2010). Reconstructing surface temperature changes over the past 600 years using climate model simulations with data assimilation. Journal of Geophysical Research- Atmospheres 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. PDF

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. PDF

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

Roche, D.M., Wiersma, A.P. and Renssen, H. (2010) A systematic study of the impact of freshwater pulses with respect to different geographical locations. Climate Dynamics 34, 997-1013, DOI 10.1007/s00382-009-0578-8

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, 1291-1303, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.12.024

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). 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. doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2008.09.007 .

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, PDF.


Pike, J., Crosta, X., Maddison, E.J., Stickley, C.E., Denis, D., Barbara, L. and 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, doi: 10.1016/j.marmicro.2009.06.005.

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, doi: 10.1038/ NGEO513 .

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, 33-52, PDF

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. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2008.07.006


Flückiger, J., Knutti, R., White, J.W.C., and Renssen, H. (2008) Modeled seasonality of glacial abrupt climate events. Climate Dynamics 31, 633-645, doi: 10.1007/s00382-008-0373-y

Goosse, H., Mann, M.E., Renssen, H., Timmermann, A. (2008) Data assimilation over the last millennium using ensemble techniques. PAGES Newsletter 16 (2), 15-16.

Goosse H., Mann, M.E. and Renssen, H. (2008) Climate of the past millennium: combining proxy data and model simulations. Natural Climate Variability and Global Warming: a Holocene Perspective, Battarbee, R.W. and Binney, H.A. (Eds.) Blackwell Publishing, 163-188.

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

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 Science 12, 159-175. PDF

Wiersma, A.P., Roche, D.M., Renssen, H. (2008) Facilitating proxy-data interpretation of abrupt climate events using model simulations. PAGES Newsletter 16 (2), 16-18


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) Present-day temperatures in northern Scandinavia during the Last Glacial. Geology, 35, 987-990. doi:10.1130/G23995A.1

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

Renssen, H., Goosse, H., Fichefet, T. (2007) Simulation of Holocene cooling events in a coupled climate model. Quaternary Science Reviews 26, 2019-2029. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2007.07.011 , PDF*

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. doi: 10.1002/jqs.1038

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. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2007.07.037

Roche, D.M., Dokken, T.M, Goosse, H., Renssen, H., and 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. PDF

Roche, D.M., Renssen, H., Weber, S.L., Goosse, H. (2007) Could meltwater pulses have been 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, doi: 10.1.1016/j.gloplacha.2006.12.002 .

Wohlfarth, B., Helmens, K., Wastegard, S., Bohncke, S., Renssen, H., Sanchez-Goni, M.F., d’Errico, F., Rasmussen, T., Johnsen, S. and Spötl, C. (2007) RESOLuTION - Rapid climatic and environmental shifts during Oxygen Isotope Stages 2 and 3 – Linking high-resolution terrestrial, ice core and marine archives (An ESF EURO-CORES Project on EuroCLIMATE). PAGES Newsletter 15 (1), 7-8.


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. and Renssen, H. (2006) Regional response of the climate system to solar forcing: the role of the ocean. Space Science Reviews 125, 227-235. doi: 10.1007/s11214-006-9059-0

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. doi:10.1007/s00382-006-0128-6

Goosse, H., Arzel, O., Luterbacher, J., Mann, M.E., 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. PDF

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. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2005.01.001 , PDF*

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

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. PDF paper, PDF poster

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. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2006.02.017

Wiersma, A.P. and Renssen, H. (2006) Model-data comparison for the 8.2 ka BP event: confirmation of a forcing mechanism by catastrophic drainage of Laurentide Lakes. Quaternary Science Reviews 25, 63-88. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2005.07.009

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. doi: 10.1007/s00382-006-0166-0


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.

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., 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

Renssen, H., Goosse, H., and T. Fichefet. (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, PDF**

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-ocean-vegetation model. Climate Dynamics 24, 23-43. PDF***

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. PDF paper**** , PDF poster



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: 10.1029/2003GL019140

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

Renssen, H.Brovkin, V., Fichefet, T., and Goosse, H. (2004) Climate instability during the termination of the African Humid Period: a model study. In: Leroy, S. and Costa, P. (eds.) "Environmental catastrophes in Mauretania, the desert and the coast", first joint meeting of IGCP 490 and ICSU Dark Nature, Mauritania, 4-18 January 2004, Abstract volume and field guide, p. 113-117.

Renssen, H.,Braconnot, P., Tett, S.F.B., von Storch, H., and Weber, S.L. (2004) Recent developments in Holocene climate modelling. In: Battarbee, R.W., Gasse, F., and Stickley, C.E. (eds.) Past climate variability through Europe and Africa.Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 495-514 (PDF)

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  (Abstract), PDF** paper , PDF poster



Goosse, H. and Renssen, H. (2003) Simulating the evolution of the Arctic climate during the last millennium. In “Proceedings Seventh Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography and Joint Symposium on High-Latitude Climate Variations”, May 12-16, 2003, American Meteorological Society, Hyannis, MA, USA, Extended Abstract 1.5, at AMS website

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. (Abstract), PDF paper***

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. (Abstract), PDF paper** , PDF poster


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. (Abstract), PDF paper** , PDF poster

Renssen, H. and Osborn, T.J. (2003) Holocene climate variability investigated using data-model comparisons, CLIVAR-exchanges 26, supplementary contributions. PDF

Renssen, H., and Osborn, T.J. (2003) Investigating Holocene climate variability: data-model comparisons. PAGES Newsletter 11 (2-3), 32-33.

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. PDF*

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, 18, 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, 2, 1020, DOI: 10.1029/2001PA000649 (Abstract), PDF**

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

Vandenberghe, J., Isarin, R., and Renssen, H. (2002) Rapid warming in the past: a model for the future?Change 62, 4-6.


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. Geologie en Mijnbouw/ Netherlands Journal of Geosciences 80, 19-30. (Abstract)

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. 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. PDF*

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. (Abstract), PDF**

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. PDF*

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., Renssen, H., and Isarin, R.F.B. (guest eds.) (2001). The last deglaciation: climate modelling and data analysis. Global and Planetary Change 30, 1-165.

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

Vandenberghe, J., Isarin, R.F.B., Renssen, H. (2001). Rapid climatic warming in the past: reconstruction and modelling. Final report project 951245 of the Dutch National Research Programme on Global Air Pollution and Climate Change (NRP), RIVM report 410 200 054, 149 p.

van Geel, B., Renssen, H., and van derPlicht, J. (2001) Evidence from the past: solar forcing of climate change by way of cosmic rays and/or by solar UV? In: J. Kirkby (ed.), Proceedings Workshop of Ion-Aerosol-Cloud Interactions, CERN 2001-007, Geneva, Switzerland, 24-29.


Isarin, R.F.B., Renssen, H.andVandenberghe, J. (2000). Klimaatveranderingen in het verleden; een boodschap voor de toekomst? Mens en Wetenschap 27 (8), 516-521.pdf

Raspopov, O.M., Shumilov, O.I., Dergachev, V.A., van Geel, B., Mörner, N-.A., van derPlicht, J., and Renssen, H. (2000) Abrupt climate change around 2700-2800 years BP as an example of existence of 2400 year periodicity in solar activity and solar variability. Proceedings 1st Solar & Space Weather Euroconference, 'The Solar Cycle and Terrestrial Climate’; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain, 25-29 September 2000, European Space Agency Special Publication 463, p. 513-516.

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

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.

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

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. PDF*

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., 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)". QuaternaryResearch 51, 1, 108-110. 

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, 3, 331-338.

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.

Vandenberghe, J., Isarin, R.F.B., and Renssen, H. (1999). Rapid climate changes in the past. In: Proceedings of the first NRP-II Symposium on climate change research. (M.J.T. Kok and W. Verweij, Eds.), Garderen,TheNetherlands, 29-30 October 1998. RIVM Report no. 410 200 033, p. 45-50.


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. Abstract

Raspopov, O., Shumilov, O., Kochegura, V., Dergachev, V., van Geel, B., van der Plicht, J., Renssen, H. and Maley.J., (1998).Dendrochronological and other proxy evidence for climatic cooling around 2700 BP and its heliogeophysical forcing. In: Dendrochronology and Environmental Trends. (V. Stravinskiene and R. Juknys, Eds.). Proceedings of "Eurodendro - 98", 17-21 June 1998, KaunasLithuania, p. 113-123.

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

Renssen, H.and Isarin, R. (1998). Het klimaat in NW Europa van 12 duizend jaar geleden: de Jonge DryasMeteorologica 1-98, 4-7.

van Geel, B., and Renssen, H. (1998). Abrupt climate change around 2,650 BP in North-West Europe: evidence for climatic teleconnections and a tentative explanation. In "Water, environment and society in times of climatic change." (A.S. Issar, and N. Brown, Eds.).Kluwer, Dordrecht, p. 21-41.

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. 

van Geel, B., Raspopov, O.M., van der Plicht, J. and Renssen, H. (1998). Solar forcing of abrupt climate change around 850 calendar years BC. In "Natural catastrophes during Bronze Age civilisations: archaeological, geological, astronomical and cultural perspectives." (M.E. Bailey, T. Palmer, B.J. Peiser, Eds.), British Archeological Reports International Series S728, p. 162-168.

van Geel, B., Renssen, H., and van der Plicht, J. (1998). Paleo-evidence for solar forcing of climatic change. Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop of the European Lake Drilling Programme: Mediterranean Lacustrine Records. Terra Nostra, Schriften der Alfred Wegener-Stiftung 98/6, p. 40-45.


Isarin, R., and Renssen, H. (1997). Het klimaat in Europa tijdens de Jonge Dryas.Aarde en Mens1, 41-45.

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

Renssen, H. (1997). The climate during the Younger Dryasstadial; Comparing global atmospheric simulation experiments with climate reconstructions based on geological evidence. PhD Thesis Utrecht UniversityNetherlands Geographical Studies 217, 183 p.

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. PalaeogeographyPalaeoclimatology,Palaeoecology 134, 127-148.


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

Isarin, R.F.B., and Renssen, H. (1993).Palaeoclimate reconstructions and GCMs: a review. In particular of the Weichselian Late Glacial and Early Holocene in Western- andCentral Europe. Utrecht University, Faculty of Geographical Sciences GEOPRO report 1993.8, 83 p.

Renssen, H. (1995). Simulation of the Younger Dryas climate with an AGCM.In "The Younger Dryas."(S.R. Troelstra, J.E. van Hinte, and G.M. Ganssen, Eds.), Proceedings Workshop "The Younger Dryas", Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 11-13 April 1994, Amsterdam.North-Hollandpublishers, Amsterdam, KNAW Verhandelingen, Afd. Natuurkunde, Eerste Reeks, Vol. 44, p. 55-57. 

Renssen, H.Lautenschlager, M., Bengtsson, L., and Schulzweida, U. (1995). AGCM experiments on the Younger Dryas climate. Max-Planck-InstitutfürMeteorologie report No. 173, Hamburg, 43 p.


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