dr. Jessica Keune

Research team: Hydrology and Climate

Meteorologist with a specific interest in high-resolution integrated, regional climate and hydrologic modelling and land-atmosphere interactions for an improved understanding of the hydrologic cycle.

Jessica KeuneI am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Management – Ghent University, working in the DRY-2-DRY project. During my undergraduate studies at the University of Bonn (Prof. Andreas Hense) I have worked on statistical analysis, statistical forecasting and verification methods within various projects, such as the Hans-Ertel Research Centre from the German Weather Service, but also within a company focusing on renewable energy forecasts (EuroWind GmbH). During my PhD under the supervision of Stefan Kollet at the Research Centre in Juelich and the University of Bonn, I studied the impact of groundwater dynamics in a regional climate model. I used the Terrestrial Systems Modeling Platform and developed a setup over the European CORDEX domain, to study the potential of groundwater to dampen droughts. We also looked into the effects of human water use including groundwater pumping on atmospheric water vapor transport and their relevance for local sustainability. During this time I became involved in the HyperHydro community for large-scale hydrologic modeling.

Within the DRY-2-DRY project I am studying the impact of land management on land-atmosphere interactions and their potential to dampen droughts.


Research topics: regional climate modeling, land-atmosphere interactions, bedrock-to-atmosphere interactions, numerical hydrologic models, hydro-meteorological modeling, human water use, sustainability, high-performance scientific computing in terrestrial systems, novel approaches for forecast verification, multivariate statistical analysis.


Address: Coupure links 653 - Room A2.007

               9000 Ghent, Belgium

Phone: +32 9 264 61 37





  1. Keune, J., &  Miralles, D. G.  A precipitation recycling network to assess freshwater vulnerability: Challenging the watershed conventionWater Resources Research,  55, 2019.

  2. Schumacher, D. L., Keune, J., Van Heerwaarden, C. C., de Arellano, J. V. G., Teuling, A. J., & Miralles, D. G. Amplification of mega-heatwaves through heat torrents fuelled by upwind drought. Nature Geoscience, 12(9), 712-717, 2019.

  3. Keune, J., Sulis, M., and Kollet, S. J. Potential added value of incorporating human water use on the simulation of evapotranspiration and precipitation in a continental‐scale bedrock‐to‐atmosphere modeling system–A validation study considering observational uncertaintyJournal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 11, 1959–1980, 2019.

  4.  Keune, J., Sulis, M., Kollet, S., Siebert, S. and Wada, Y. Human water use impacts on the strength of the sink for atmospheric water, Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 4068-4076, 2018.

  5. Keune, J., Gasper, F., Goergen, K., Hense, A., Shrestha, P., Sulis, M. and Kollet, S. Studying the influence of groundwater representations on land surface-atmosphere feedbacks during the European heat wave in 2003, J. of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 121 (22), 2016.

  6. Bierkens, M.F. P., Bell, V. A., Burek, P., Chaney, N. Condon, L.E., David, C.H., de Roo, A., Doell, P., Drost, N., Famiglietti, J.S., Flörke, M., Gochis, D.J., Houser, P., Hut, R., Keune, J., Kollet, S., Maxwell, R. Reager, J.T., Samaniego, L., Sudicky, E., Sutanudjaja, E.H., van de Giesen, N., Winsemius, H. and Wood, E.F. Hyper-resolution global hydrological modelling: what's next?: Everywhere and locally relevant, Hydrological Processes, 29, 310–320, 2014.

  7. Bollmeyer, C., Bentzien, S., Crewell, S., Friederichs, P., Hartung, K., Hense, A., Keller, J., Keune, J., Kneifel, S., Ohlwein, C., Pscheidt, I., Redl, S., and Steinke, S. Towards a high-resolution regional reanalysis for the European CORDEX domain, Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 141, 1–15, 2014.

  8. Keune, J., Ohlwein, C., Hense, A. Multivariate probabilistic analysis and predictability of medium-range ensemble weather forecasts, Monthly Weather Review, 142, 4074–4090, 2014.