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My research interest is hyperspectral remote sensing and image processing for earth science applications:

  • porting hyperspectral mineral indices to freely available satellite imagery;
  • analysis of multi-temporal satellite imagery data for monitoring earth dynamics;
  • analysis of time-lapse camera data for monitoring earth dynamics;
  • the use of open source computing environments and processing automation.

I teach MSc and PhD courses on remote sensing and computer programming, predominantly in international environments:

  • course-director of the Applied Earth Sciences MSc programme, 2012-2015;
  • teaching e-learning and classroom courses in an MSc curriculum;
  • teaching tailor-made courses on location (Asia, Africa, Latin America);
  • supervision of over 30 MSc theses and 8 PhD theses;
  • mentoring to facilitate students in managing their own learning experience.


  • QE Geology
  • spectroscopy
  • hyperspectral
  • iron oxide
  • rare earth elements
  • minerals
  • remote sensing
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • heavy metals
  • Remote Sensing
  • TR Photography
  • time lapse
  • image processing
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • M Music

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mineral Earth & Environmental Sciences
land surface Earth & Environmental Sciences
remote sensing Earth & Environmental Sciences
spectroscopy Earth & Environmental Sciences
geological mapping Earth & Environmental Sciences
imagery Earth & Environmental Sciences
time series analysis Earth & Environmental Sciences
satellite imagery Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1998 2020

48 Citations (Scopus)

Sentinel-2A MSI and Landsat 8 OLI provide data continuity for geological remote sensing

van der Werff, H. M. A. & van der Meer, F. D., 2016, In : Remote sensing. 8, 11, p. 1-16 883.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
25 Citations (Scopus)

Sentinel-2 for mapping iron absorption feature parameters

van der Werff, H. M. A. & van der Meer, F. D., 2015, In : Remote sensing. 7, 10, p. 12635-12653

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Measuring Rock Microstructure In Hyperspectral Mineral Maps

van Ruitenbeek, F. J. A., van der Werff, H. M. A., Bakker, W. H., van der Meer, F. D. & Hein, K. A. A., 2019, In : Remote sensing of environment. 220, p. 94-109 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

rock microstructure
Tin mines
Bearings (structural)
Abandoned mines
Rare earth elements

Transferability of object-based image analysis approaches for landslide detection in the Himalaya Mountains of northern Pakistan

Bacha, A. S., Van Der Werff, H. M. A., Shafique, M. & Khan, H., 2 Jan 2020, In : International journal of remote sensing. 41, 9, p. 3390-3410 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

image analysis
remote sensing
detection method

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