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Christiaan van der Tol (1978) is an associate professor in 'Ecohydrology and Earth Observation' at the Water Resources department. He focusses on interactions among vegetation, the water cycle and the atmosphere. He obtained his MSc 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’. He developed the ‘Soil-Canopy Observation of Photosynthesis and Energy fluxes’ (SCOPE) model, and worked on the interpretation of Solar Induced Chlorophyll fluorescence: https://github.com/christiaanvandertol

Research interests

  • ‘Soil-Canopy Observation of Photosynthesis and Energy fluxes’ (SCOPE) model
  • Radiative transfer and energy budgets of vegetation
  • Solar Induced Chlorophyll fluorescence
  • Vegetation structure and functioning
  • Energy dissipation pathways at the Earth surface
  • Rainfall interception, evaporation and transpiration
  • Photosynthesis and heat, water, and nutrient stress
  • FLEX satellite mission

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Research Output 2003 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)
Soil moisture
energy flux
water stress
14 Citations (Scopus)
11 Downloads (Pure)

Quantifying Vegetation Biophysical Variables from Imaging Spectroscopy Data: A Review on Retrieval Methods

Verrelst, J., Malenovsky, Z., van der Tol, C., Camps-Valls, G., Gastellu-Etchegorry, J-P., Lewis, P., North, P. & Moreno, J., 1 May 2019, In : Surveys in Geophysics. 40, 3, p. 589-629 41 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
regression analysis

The scattering and re-absorption of red and near-infrared chlorophyll fluorescence in the models Fluspect and SCOPE

Van Der Tol, C., Vilfan, N., Dauwe, D., Cendrero-mateo, M. P. & Yang, P., 1 Oct 2019, In : Remote sensing of environment. 232, p. 1-13 13 p., 111292.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

near infrared
3 Citations (Scopus)

Using reflectance to explain vegetation biochemical and structural effects on sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence

Yang, P., van der Tol, C., Verhoef, W., Damm, A., Schickling, A., Kraska, T., Muller, O. & Rascher, U., 15 Sep 2019, In : Remote sensing of environment. 231, p. 1-11 11 p., 110996.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


A spectral invariant approach to modelling radiative transfer of sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence

Yang, P. & Van Der Tol, C., 31 Oct 2018, 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2018 - Proceedings. Valencia: IEEE, p. 1711-1714 4 p. 8517742. (International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS); vol. 2018-July).

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

Radiative transfer
radiative transfer

Press / Media

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

W. J. Timmermans, Bob Su, Christiaan van der Tol, Xuelong Chen, J. Timmermans & Murat Ucer


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research