While being educated in biology / landscape ecology at University of Groningen I had already a strong interest in the biophysical and biogeochemical aspects of ecology resulting in MSc theses on Nutrientdynamics in grazed ecosystems and Tropical forest hydrology respectively. Since completing my PhD in micrometeorology, my work converged on the broad concept of land atmosphere interactions: the effects of land cover (change) on climate through regulation of water and carbon fluxes, and vice versa the effects of climate change and variability on hydrology, natural and agricultural ecosystems. I combine both modelling and observational approaches as I strongly believe in the synergistic gains this brings to my reserach.
Thus my personal research mission is to:
Understand Land atmosphere interactions in support of a sustainable (regional) development that exploits the climatological potential and respects climatological constraints.