Dr. Philip Kraaijenbrink

Vening Meineszgebouw A
Princetonlaan 8a
Kamer 4.46
3584 CB Utrecht

Dr. Philip Kraaijenbrink

Universitair docent
030 253 3051
Professional experience

2021 - present
Universiteit Utrecht: Assistant professor

Assistant professor in Quantitative Methods in Extreme Environments

2018 - 2021
Universiteit Utrecht: Postdoctoral researcher

Integrating large scale remote sensing and hydro-glaciological modelling to study the past, present and future water cycle in the high mountain regions of Asia.

2014 - 2018
Universiteit Utrecht: PhD Candidate

Studied the dynamics of (debris-covered) glaciers using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and numerical modelling in order to learn more about spatial and temporal variability in melt and flow patterns, and about the role of surface features. Provided students with multiple lectures on (UAV) remote sensing, assisted computer practicals of the Earth Observation and Remote Sensing courses for multiple years, and supervised various bachelor and master students.

FutureWater (Wageningen, The Netherlands): Hydrologist

Involved in several projects for this consultancy. Responsibilities include providing climate data to partners and clients, performing climate analyses and setting up a web mapping service.

2013 - 2014
Universiteit Utrecht: Research associate

Worked on a research project in which a Nepalese glacier is studied using imagery from a unmanned aerial vehicle. Included expeditions to Nepal, data processing, co-authoring a scientific paper (writing, creating figures) and presenting the results.

2012 - 2013
Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI, De Bilt, The Netherlands): Intern

Responsible for the transformation of temperature and precipitation data from CMIP5 climate models for the KNMI’14 climate scenario report.

Universiteit Utrecht: Student assistant

Student assistant for the practicals of the ‘Hands-on GIS’ course. Responsibilities were aiding the students with their exercises, explaining certain GIS techniques and solving technical problems.

  • Oral and written presentations
  • Spatial GIS analyses (i.a. ArcGIS, IMAGINE, QGIS, PCRaster)
  • Remote sensing analyses (i.a. Google Earth Engine, ENVI, IMAGINE, eCognition)
  • Programming and numerical modelling (i.a. R, Python, Bash, MS-Prompt, MATLAB, HTML)

Unmanned aerial vehicles, Remote sensing, GIS, Glaciology, Hydrology, Climate change, River (morpho)dynamics
Dutch (native), English (professional), French (elementary), German (elementary), Hungarian (elementary)


2014 - 2018
Universiteit Utrecht

PhD Physical Geography (cum laude)

2014 - 2018
European Institute for Innovation and Technology

Climate-KIC PhD Label Programme

2010 - 2013
Universiteit Utrecht

Master Physical Geography (cum laude)

2006 - 2010
Universiteit Utrecht

Bachelor Earth Sciences

2000 – 2006
Coornhert Gymnasium Gouda

Pre-university secondary education


Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen

Martinus van Marum Prize 2021

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2017

Outstanding Student Paper Award

European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016

Outstanding Student Poster and PICO Award

International Symposium on Glaciology in High-Mountain Asia 2015

Best oral presentation by a student