Personal page of Bert Holtslag

Since 1999: Professor in Meteorology and Air Quality and Chair of the Meteorology and Air Quality Section,
Wageningen University and Research Center,
building 104 (Atlas)
Droevendaalsesteeg 4,
6708 PB Wageningen,
the Netherlands.

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Research Experiences and Interests

Author of and contributor to more than 100 publications, including more than 50 papers in the reviewed international literature.
Speaker at more than 60 national and international conferences, workshops and seminars.
Recent invited review papers are published in the Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (2001), and the Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Science (2002), as well as the book on 'Clear and Cloudy Boundary Layers'
(1998, see

Major research topics:

1. Atmospheric mixing processes and representation of these in atmospheric models on different scales (parameterization studies)
2. Interactions of the atmospheric boundary layer with the land surface, including meso-scale studies
3. Air pollution dispersion modeling, and interactions of chemistry with turbulence in the atmospheric boundary layer
4. Indirect methods for the determination of the surface fluxes and related quantities over land
5. Turbulence and similarity theory of the atmospheric boundary layer
6. Methods for operational weather forecasting
7. Estimation of wind energy potential over land and sea

Professional record

1999 to Present: Professor (at the full level) in Meteorology and Air Quality and Chair of the Meteorology and Air Quality Section, Wageningen University and Research Center, Duivendaal 2, 6701 AP Wageningen, the Netherlands

1993 to 1999: Professor of Meteorology, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research at Utrecht University (IMAU), Utrecht, the Netherlands. This has been a 20 % position on the full professor level, directed towards education and research guidance

1990 to 1999: Senior Scientist with the Climate Research Department, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), De Bilt, the Netherlands. Since 1992 also leader of a research group on atmospheric modeling and parameterization studies (since April 1993 this has been a 80 % position in combination with professorship at IMAU)

1991 to 1997: Affiliate Scientist to the Climate Modeling Section, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder CO, USA (renewed in June 1994 for three years). In this period a cooperation was established on modeling boundary-layer processes on the global climate scale. The cooperation included a three-month visiting scientist position in 1994 and a one month visit in 1991

1989 to 1990: Visiting Scientist for one year to the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder CO, USA (focus on turbulence and boundary-layer studies)

1989: Visiting Scientist for 3 months to the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR, USA (focus on interactions of the vegetated land surface with the boundary layer)

1985 to 1989: Scientist with the Dynamic Meteorology Department at KNMI (focus on atmospheric modelling and weather forecasting)

1985: Visiting Scientist for 2 months to the Department of Meteorology and Wind Energy, Riso National Laboratory, Roskilde, Denmark (focus on air pollution dispersion classification)

1977 to 1985: Research Associate with the Physical Meteorology Department at KNMI (focus on micro-meteorology and air pollution studies)


1987: Wageningen (Agricultural) University, Wageningen, the Netherlands; Ph.D thesis on 'Surface fluxes and boundary layer scaling; Models and applications' (Advisors Prof. L. Wartena and Dr. H.A.R. de Bruin). Thesis is prepared on basis of research at KNMI (see above), and science contents is published in five journal papers

1979 to 1983: Several advanced courses in meteorology, turbulence theory, and computational fluid dynamics at the MSc level (at Utrecht University and other institutes)

1972 to 1976: Institute of Technology, Enschede, the Netherlands; Study for Engineer in Technical Physics (B.Sc)

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