Dr Femke Nijsse
Research Fellow at Global Systems Institute
Laver Building, University of Exeter, North Park Road, Exeter, EX4 4QE, UK
I'm a complexity scientist working on innovation in the energy system and the transition towards sustainable energy. I have been involved in the EEIST project led by Jean-Francois Mercure. The project seeks to inform energy policy in China, Brazil and India, as well as the UK and the EU. As part of this project, I've improved the representation of the power sector in the energy-economy-environment model E3ME-FTT. Major energy technologies in E3ME-FTT are represented with evolutionary economics, so that the diffusion of a new technology follows an S-curve. I've improved the power sector model by improving the representation of learning, getting higher-quality data and improve the representation of energy storage.
As a next step, I'm involved in developing a submodel of E3ME-FTT for flexibility and storage to gain a better understanding of the diffusion of high shares of variable renewables, and the way sector coupling can help. This should inform what type of policies are effective now that the major barriers towards diffusion are changing (supply chain / grid stability rather than costs)
I did my PhD within mathematics in the Exeter Climate Systems group with Peter Cox and Mark Williamson. My PhD involved finding a theoretical basis for emergent constraints and improving (statistical) techniques. Emergent constraints are emergent relationships that appear when you have a group of different climate models (an ensemble) in which relationship appears between a variable of past climate and a variable of future climate. Using measurements of the first allows us to exploit this relationship and get a better estimate of our future climate. A theoretical basis is needed to prevent data mining. My focus was on decadal variability, historical warming and climate sensitivity.
Bachelor and Master
I completed my Bachelor in Physics and Astronomy at Utrecht University, spending half a year doing modules in biology and geology at the University of Murcia in Spain. My Master's was in Meteorology, Physical Oceanography and Climate Physics. For my master's thesis I worked together with Henk Dijkstra on finding a dynamical underpinning for emergent constraints using linear response theory.
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Supervision / Group
- Ian Burton
- Cormac Lynch