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Christiaan van der Tol (1978) is an assistant professor in 'Ecohydrology and Earth Observation' at the Water Resources department.


He supervises MSc students in the department of Water Resources. He also teaches topics in hydrological processes, retrieval of biochemical parameters and fieldwork skills.

Research interests

His research focuses on interactions between ecosystems, climate and hydrology. His interests are:

  • Hydrological and micro-meteorological measurements
  • The use of remote sensing in eco-hydrology
  • Integrating radiative transfer and micro-meteorological modeling
  • Data assimilation
  • Chlorophyll fluorescence
  • Production ecology

Current activities

  • Development of the SCOPE model
  • Member of WACMOS
  • Member of CEOP-AEGIS project

Past activities

  • MSc Hydrology at Wageningen University (2001)
  • PhD 'Climatic constraints on assimilation and transpiration of sub-Mediterranean forest' at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (2007)
  • PostDoc at ITC, Department of Water Resources (2006-2008)


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Research Output 2003 2019

Soil moisture
energy flux
water stress

Broadband Full Polarimetric Scatterometry for Monitoring Soil Moisture and Vegetation Properties Over a Tibetan Meadow

Hofste, J. G., van der Velde, R., Wang, X., Zheng, D., Wen, J., van der Tol, C. & Su, Z., 5 Nov 2018, IGARSS 2018 - 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 2007-2010 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

soil moisture
antenna radiation patterns

Estimation of vegetation functioning in a drought episode from optical and thermal remote sensing

Bayat, B., van der Tol, C. & Verhoef, W., 2018, IGARSS 2018 : IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium : Observing, Understanding and Forecasting the Dynamics of Our Planet.. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Open Access
primary production
energy flux

Exploring fluorescence and pigment reflectance as methods to estimate photosynthesis with remote sensors

Rajh Vilfan, N., 2018, 325 ed. Enschede: University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). 137 p.

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UTAcademic

Open Access

Press / Media

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

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


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research