Philip Kraaijenbrink

Postdoctoral researcher

Philip Kraaijenbrink (1987) works as a Postdoctoral Researcher on the integration of large-scale satellite image analysis in Google Earth Engine with glacio-hydrological modelling and climate data analysis to study the past, present and future water cycle in the high mountains of Asia. He is part of the Mountain Hydrology group of the Department of Physical Geography.

He obtained a cum laude PhD degree in Physical Geography at Utrecht University in 2018 (thesis). By linking imagery and elevation data of Himalayan glaciers acquired by unmanned aerial vehicles to the larger scale through spaceborne data and large-scale numerical modelling, he has increased knowledge on the dynamics of debris-covered glaciers and the impacts of climate change on these systems. His research, heart for computer analyses and eagerness to learn in this field have made him an expert in the applications of unmanned aerial vehicles, satellite image analysis and highly skilled in spatial analyses. Besides his remote sensing skills, he became knowledgeable on climate data analysis and statistical downscaling during his eight-month internship at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), and acquired fieldwork skills in the Alps, Himalaya, Norway and Canadian Rocky Mountains.