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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

1 Citation (Scopus)
Soil moisture
energy flux
water stress
11 Citations (Scopus)
3 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. p. 589-629 41 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
regression analysis

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

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. IEEE, p. 2007-2010 4 p. (IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS); vol. 2018).

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

Frequency agility
Radar cross section
Systematic errors
Soil moisture
Directional patterns (antenna)
18 Downloads (Pure)

Effects of long-term changes in forest canopy structure on rainfall interception loss

Cisneros Vaca, C. R., 2018, Enschede: University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). 117 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, Bob Su, Christiaan van der Tol, Xuelong Chen, J. Timmermans & Murat Ucer


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research