This page contains brief biographies of the invited lecturers and the lecturers of the Meteorology and Air Quality department.
Prof. Jonker obtained his PhD from the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at Utrecht
University in 1993 and is an “Antoni van Leeuwenhoek” professor since 2009. He leads the Clouds, Climate
and Air Quality group and is head of the virtual reality laboratory of the Multi-Scale Physics department
of Delft University of Technology. He is also an affiliated scientist of the National Center for Atmospheric
Research (NCAR). Before his position at the Delft University, he was an associated researcher at IMAU and
post-doc at KNMI and Utrecht University. His main interests are the wavelet analysis of satellite images, dry
convective atmospheric boundary layers, cloud-topped boundary layers and turbulent heat- and mass-transfer
in engineering flows.
Dr. Lenderink defended his PhD in 1997 at Utrecht University and became a scientist
at the atmospheric research division at the KNMI. He investigates the atmospheric energy and water budgets
on local, regional and global scales. With a combination of experimental data and numerical modeling his research
focuses on the transport of heat, water vapor and momentum by turbulence and clouds and on the impact of
aerosols, clouds and greenhouse gases on the radiation budget. His current research is directed at the
investigation of the impact of precipitation extremes on both temperature and moisture changes.
Dr. Neggers obtained his PhD in 2002 at the Wageningen University and is
a scientist of the regional division at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) since then. His research
focuses on cloud physics and dynamics (specially for shallow cumulus topped boundary layers). For his research he
combines observations and multiscale numerical modeling. He participated in the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement
experiment and organized the database of the Pacific Intercomparison study for general circulation models. Numerical
models he uses include large-eddy simulation models, single column models and general circulation models.
His current research interests are the development and evaluation of parameterizations for general circulation
models. He is a participant of the EUCLIPSE and GCSS-BLCWG projects.
Peter Sullivan is a Senior Scientist in the Mesoscale and Microscale Division of NCAR and an affiliate faculty in the Civil Engineering Department at Colorado State University. He received his Bachelor's and PhD Degrees in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of British Columbia (Vancouver, CA). Prior to coming to NCAR, he worked for six years as a Senior Specialist Engineer in Aerodynamics Research at the Boeing Company.
His research interests are: simulations and measurements of boundary-layer turbulence, subgrid-scale modeling, air-sea interaction, effects of surface gravity (water) waves on marine boundary layers, impacts of stratification, turbulent flow over hills, and numerical methods. He uses large-eddy and direct numerical simulations to investigate turbulent processes in both the atmospheric boundary layer and the ocean mixed layer. These turbulence simulation codes run on large parallel supercomputers. He has participated in and planned field campaigns focused on the measurement of subgrid scale variables in the atmosphere.
His current interests include developing a large-eddy simulation model of high wind marine boundary layers with a resolved spectrum of time dependent surface waves and incorporating wave effects in hurricane driven ocean mixed layers.
Dr. Hartogensis obtained his PhD at Wageningen University and since 2008 he
is an associated-professor at the MAQ group. He is mainly interested in the scintillometer technique (this
technique provides valuable ground-truth data for satellite remote sensing, meso-scale meteorological and
hydrological models that obtain surface fluxes at kilometer scales). His current research focuses on developing
scintillometers with which the evapotranspiration can be directly measured at field (< 500 m) and kilometer
(up to 10 km) scales.
Prof. Hazeleger leads the Global Climate Division of the Royal Netherlands
Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and he has a chair in Climate Dynamics at Wageningen University. He
studied meteorology at Wageningen University and Reading University. He received his PhD in 1999 in
physical oceanography from Utrecht University, after which he went to Columbia University in New York
to conduct research on decadal climate variability. Since 2002 he works at KNMI on climate dynamics,
development of climate and sea level scenario’s and development of global earth system models. His climate
and sea level scenario work is directed toward climate adaptation issues. He initiated and leads the ECEarth
project, an European consortium of around 20 research institutes, high-end computing centers and
universities that develops a state-of-the-art earth system model based on numerical weather prediction model
of ECMWF. He serves on a number of international and national science committees. He is involved in a
large number of national and European climate science projects.
Prof. Holtslag defended his PhD at Wageningen University (WUR) in 1987 and is
is affiliated to WUR as Senior Professor of Meteorology and chair of the Meteorology and Air
Quality group (MAQ) since 1999. Before his current job at WUR, he worked as a part-time professor of Meteorology at
the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research at Utrecht University (IMAU) from 1993 until 1999, and
at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) in De Bilt from 1977 until 1999 in various research
positions. He is also chairing the Atmospheric boundary layer Study (GABLS) of the Global Energy and
Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX). His major interests are: atmosphere-land interactions, climate, wind
energy, urbanization and dispersion of pollutants.
Prof. Krol is a part-time professor of air quality and atmospheric Chemistry in
the Meteorology and Air Quality group. He also works at the Netherlands Institute for Space Research
(SRON) and the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research at Utrecht University. His research focuses
on different subjects: the long term goal is the (co-)development of a model that predicts the atmospheric
composition on scales that range from the global scale down to mesoscale. He also teaches several courses
in WUR, including the changing composition of the atmosphere, smog formation, formation and transport
of aerosol particles and many other subjects on the interaction between meteorology and air quality.
Dr. Moene received his PhD degree at Eindhoven University in 1998. Since then,
he is working in the MAQ group (now as assistant-professor). He is interested in turbulence as related to
measurement techniques in the atmospheric surface layer, with particular emphasis on scintillometry, stable
boundary-layer, turbulence in the convective boundary layer, with particular emphasis on (dis-)similarities
between different scalars and the practical link between turbulent transport and the surface energy balance.
Dr. Peters received his PhD degree at Utrecht University in 2003. After that, he
joined the NOAA ESRL’s Global Monitoring Division in Boulder, Colorado to apply his knowledge on
global atmospheric transport modeling to the carbon cycle. This is also the topic of his current research
in Wageningen University. His main interest is deriving greenhouse gas budgets from observations of the
atmospheric composition. One special aspect of his research is the large range of time and space scales
involved. In order to diagnose the combination of meteorology, climate, biology, and biogeochemistry, he
combines observations of CO2 and its isotopes, 13CO2 and 14CO2, with different physical models often using
advanced data assimilation techniques.
Dr. Steeneveld obtained his PhD at Wageningen University in 2007 and is now working
as an assistant-professor at the MAQ group. He participated in several projects, including the BLLAST observational
campaign, HYDRALAB (III and IV) and UrbanMet model intercomparison for the urban boundary
layer. His interests are mainly understanding the physical processes that govern fog and stable boundary layers, urban meteorology and the
evaluation of model behavior for different boundary layer schemes in the mesoscale model WRF.