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Prof. Dr. Z. Su
University of Twente Chairman, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Department of Water resources 
Hengelosestraat 99, P.O.Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands

e-mail: z.su@utwente.nlhttp://www.itc.nl/WRS, Phone: +31 (0)53 4874 311

Professor Dr. Zhongbo (Bob) Su is Professor of Spatial Hydrology and Water Resources Management, and Chairman of Department of Water Resources in Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC) of University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.

Professor Bob Su is a recognized international expert in land surface processes and interactions with the atmosphere and earth observation of water cycle. His current research focuses on remote sensing and numerical modeling of land surface processes and interactions with the atmosphere, earth observation of water cycle and applications in climate, ecosystem and water resources studies, as well as monitoring food security and water-related disasters.

Bob Su has coordinated and participated in many international experiments and served as committee member of many science communities. He was Netherlands representative to the intergovernmental ad hoc Group on Earth Observation (GEO). He chaired the sub-division of Remote Sensing and Data Assimilation of European Geosciences Union (EGU) and was a member of the Hydrology Section Technical Committee of American Geophysical Union (AGU). He was also a member of the Earth Science Advisory Committee (ESAC) of the European Space Agency and served as the chair of land panel in the Earth Explorer 8 selection. He acted as a member of the science evaluation panel for the Earth Observation Envelope Programme of ESA to evaluate its 1490 million EURO EOEP-3 programme 2008-2012. Recently, he was elected vice president of the International Commission on Remote Sensing of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) and serves as a member of the NWO VIDI committee for earth and life sciences.


ctivities in education

Professor Bob Su provides leadership and direction to education in the Department of Water Resources and renewed the Water Resources and Environmental Management MSc course with emphases on in-situ and satellite observation of water cycle processes, numerical modeling and data assimilation. He has led the ESA TIGER capacity building facility (2007-2012) that supports African scientists and practitioners in managing water resources using earth observation techniques and data. He currently leads the ESA Dragon advanced training courses (2005-present) that provide training for PhD and postdocs researchers in using advanced earth observation for atmosphere, ocean and land research and applications.

He supervises PhD students and postdocs (graduated 16 doctorates and currently promotor of 20 PhD candidates) and lectures in water resources and environmental management.

Barrax 2004 Barrax 2004  Tibetan plateau, 2007 Tibetan Plateau 2007

Tibetan plateau, 2009 Tibetan Plateau 2009  Badajaran desert, 2009  Badajaran desert 2009

Research interests

Activities in research

Recent projects

Bob Su has directed 19 externally funded contract research projects by EU, ESA, KNAW, NWO in the period 2004-2014, some current ones are as follows:

  • PI: NWO/GO Modelling Freeze-Thaw Processes with Active and Passive Microwave Observations, 2015-2019 (Co-Is: R. van der Velde, Y. Zeng, Dr. M. Schwank, ETH Zürich, Prof. Dr. P. Ferrazzoli, TVU, Rome,  Prof. Dr. J Wen, CAREERI/CAS, Prof. Dr. Y. Ma, ITP/CAS)

  • PI: EU FP7 CORE-CLIMAX - COordinating Earth observation data validation for RE-analysis for CLIMAte ServiceS, 2013-2015 (http://coreclimax.eu) (CO-Is: J. Schulz, EUMETSAT; P. Poli, ECMWF; F. Kaspar, DWD; E. Swinnen, VITO; J.-C. Calvet; H. Gregow, FMI; Y. Ma, ITP/CAS; J. Wen, CAREERI/CAS)

  • PI: KNAW-CEP: Understanding plateau and monsoon interactions, 2013-2015.

  • PI: ESA-MOST Dragon Programme I-II-III Advanced Training, 2005-2015 (http://dragon3.esa.int/)

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Research Output

Assimilation of cosmic‐ray neutron counts for the estimation of soil ice content on the eastern Tibetan Plateau

Mwangi, S., Zeng, Y., Montzka, C., Yu, L. & Su, Z., 16 Feb 2020, In : Journal of geophysical research : Atmospheres. 125, 3, p. 1-23 23 p., e2019JD031529.

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    Quantifying long-term land surface and root zone soil moisture over Tibetan Plateau

    Zhuang, R., Zeng, Y., Manfreda, S. & Su, Z., 5 Feb 2020, In : Remote sensing. 12, 3, p. 1-20 20 p., 509.

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    A Closed-Form Expression of Soil Temperature Sensing Depth at L-Band

    Lv, S., Zeng, Y., Su, Z. & Wen, J., 1 Jul 2019, In : IEEE transactions on geoscience and remote sensing. 57, 7, p. 4889-4897 9 p., 8648474.

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    An experimental study on separating temperature and emissivity of a nonisothermal surface

    Du, Y., Cao, B., Li, H., Xiao, Q., Liu, Q., Zeng, Y. & Su, Z., 1 Oct 2019, In : IEEE geoscience and remote sensing letters. 16, 10, p. 1610-1614 5 p.

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  • Assessment of Soil Moisture SMAP Retrievals and ELBARA-III Measurements in a Tibetan Meadow Ecosystem

    Zheng, D., Wang, X., van der Velde, R., Schwank, M., Ferrazzoli, P., Wen, J., Wang, Z., Colliander, A., Bindlish, R. & Su, Z., 5 Mar 2019, In : IEEE geoscience and remote sensing letters. 16, 9, p. 1407-1411 5 p.

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    Press / Media

    De Barrax al cielo (English: From Barrax to heaven)

    W. J. Timmermans, Z. Su, C. van der Tol, Xuelong Chen, J. Timmermans & Murat Ucer


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