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Personal profile

My name is Christiaan van der Tol, I was born in 1978 and I am currently an associate professor in 'Ecohydrology and Earth Observation' at the Water Resources department, faculty ITC of the University of Twente.

I enjoy interaction with students and colleagues as much as my research into water, energy and photosynthesis. I am interested in how water, solar radiation and nutrients interact in the terrestiral biosphere. Many aspects of the processes in natural systems can inspire us to develop towards a sustainable use of water, production of food, and use of energy sources.

With a group of collaborators, I developed the 'Soil Canopy Observation of Photosynthesis and Energy fluxes' (SCOPE) model, which includes the relevant physical processes at the Earth surface and simulators for different satellite sensors. This model has helped the interpretation of remote sensing data.

I obtained my MSc degree in Hydrology at Wageningen University (2001), and PhD in Earth Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2007) with the thesis ‘Climatic Constaints on Cabon Assimilation and Transpiration of sub-Mediterranean forests’. I developed the ‘Soil-Canopy Observation of Photosynthesis and Energy fluxes’ (SCOPE) model at the University of Twente, and worked on the interpretation of Solar Induced Chlorophyll fluorescence: https://github.com/christiaanvandertol

Research interests

  • The energy and water budget of the Earth
  • Remote sensing of physical processes on Earth, such as photosynthesis and evaporation of water
  • Vegetation structure and composition, and its relation with thermodynamics
  • Energy dissipation pathways in natural systems 
  • Micro-climate control in natural systems
  • Improving water and energy use efficiency of crops through companion planting and structure manipulation
  • Solar Induced Chlorophyll fluorescence
  • Rainfall and light interception, evaporation and transpiration

External positions

Associate Editor of 'Remote Sensing of Environment'


Member of the Mission Advisory Board of the FLEX satellite mission (ESA)


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Research Output

Fluorescence Correction Vegetation Index (FCVI): A physically based reflectance index to separate physiological and non-physiological information in far-red sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence

Yang, P., van der Tol, C., Campbell, P. K. E. & Middleton, E. M., Apr 2020, In : Remote sensing of environment. 240, p. 1-16 16 p., 111676.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Ecosystem fluxes simulation with the SCOPE model constrained by Sentinel-3 measurements: poster

    Prikaziuk, E., van der Tol, C., Migliavacca, M., Pilar Martín, M., Paul-Limoges, E., Buchmann, N., Heinesch, B., Vincke, C., Sachs, T., Bernhofer, C., Järvi, L., Kolari, P., Joffre, R., Magliulo, E., Grüning, C., Cremonese, E., Galvagno, M. & Varlagin, A., 14 May 2019. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Open Access
  • 13 Downloads (Pure)
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Global sensitivity analysis of coupled SCOPE-6S model

    Prikaziuk, E. & van der Tol, C., Mar 2019, p. 20. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Open Access
  • Global sensitivity analysis of the SCOPE model in Sentinel-3 Bands: Thermal domain focus

    Prikaziuk, E. & van der Tol, C., 18 Oct 2019, In : Remote sensing. 11, 20, p. 1-27 27 p., 2424.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 19 Downloads (Pure)

    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


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research