Philip Kraaijenbrink (1987) obtained a cum laude master degree in Physical Geography at Utrecht University (February 2013, Earth Observation and Natural Hazards track). In his graduation research, he focused on river morphodynamics through multi-temporal object-based analysis of Landsat imagery. His research, heart for computer analyses and eagerness to learn in this field made him an expert in advanced image classification techniques and highly skilled in GIS analyses. As part of his masters he also did an eight-month internship at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), in which he became knowledgeable on climate data analysis, statistical downscaling and R scripting. After graduation Philip started as a junior researcher at Utrecht University on a pilot study aimed at monitoring Himalayan glacier dynamics using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Subsequent to a temporary position at the consulting firm FutureWater in Wageningen, Philip started as a PhD Candidate at Utrecht University in 2014 on a follow-up project of the UAV pilot study. By linking analyses of UAV-derived elevation models, and optical and thermal UAV imagery to the larger scale through spaceborne data and large scale glacier modelling, he has increased knowledge on the dynamics of debris-covered glaciers and the impact of climate change on these systems. Up till now, Philip has tremendously improved his academic skillset and he became a true expert on UAV data processing and analysis. He is proficient in academic writing and has already published multiple publications in his research field. He has been awarded “best oral presentation by a student” award at the 2015 International Symposium on Glaciology in High-Mountain Asia and received an “outstanding student poster” award at EGU General Assembly 2016. Philip has high-altitude fieldwork skills acquired during fieldwork in the Himalaya, Norway and the Rocky Mountains, the latter as part of an exchange visit with the University of Saskatoon, Canada. As part of the PhD project, he also went on a five-week summer school on climate innovation where he learned about valorisation and research placement, and he assisted in teaching the bachelor and master remote sensing courses at the university for multiple years.

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Curriculum vitae
Professional experience

2014 - present
Universiteit Utrecht: PhD Candidate

Working on a Climate-KIC funded project in which the dynamics of (debris-covered) glaciers are monitored using unmanned aerial vehicles in order to learn more about spatial and temporal variability in melt and flow patterns, and about the role of surface features.

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: Junior Researcher

Working on a research project in which a Nepalese glacier is studied using imagery from a unmanned aerial vehicle. Besides going on expedition to Nepal, I was responsible for data processing, co-authoring a scientific paper (writing, creating figures) and presenting the results to colleagues and students.

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 using my own written R-scripts. Activities also encompassed regular consultation with colleagues, writing an elaborate report and a manual for the scripts, and presenting (intermediate) results. Furthermore, I have helped out colleagues with their tasks using my GIS skills multiple times.

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 presentations
  • Writing reports and theses
  • Spatial analyses with a GIS (e.g. ArcGIS, IMAGINE, QGIS, PCRaster)
  • Multispectral remote sensing analyses (e.g. ENVI, IMAGINE, eCognition)
  • Image classifications (e.g. ENVI, IMAGINE, eCognition)
  • High-level programming (e.g. Bash, MS-Prompt, Python, MATLAB, R, HTML)
  • Numerical modelling (e.g. PCRaster, Python, MATLAB, R)


  • Remote sensing
  • GIS
  • River (morpho)dynamics
  • Climate change
  • Glaciology


  • Dutch (native)
  • English (professional)
  • French (elementary)
  • German (elementary)
  • Hungarian (elementary)

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


December, 2017

Americal Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2017

Outstanding Student Paper Award


April, 2016

European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016

Outstanding Student Poster Award


March 5th, 2015
International Symposium on Glaciology in High-Mountain Asia

Best oral presentation by a student

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Key publications

Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A., Bierkens, M.F.P., Lutz, A.F. & Immerzeel, W.W. (14.09.2017). Impact of a global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius on Asia’s glaciers. Nature, 549 (7671), (pp. 257-260).

All publications
Steiner, Jakob F., Kraaijenbrink, Philip D.A., Jiduc, Sergiu G. & Immerzeel, Walter W. (11.01.2018). Brief communication - The Khurdopin glacier surge revisited - Extreme flow velocities and formation of a dammed lake in 2017. Cryosphere, 12 (1), (pp. 95-101) (7 p.).
Kraaijenbrink, Philip D.A., Shea, Joseph M., Litt, Maxime, Steiner, Jakob F., Treichler, Désirée, Koch, Inka & Immerzeel, Walter W. (01.05.2018). Mapping surface temperatures on a debris-covered glacier with an unmanned aerial vehicle. Frontiers in Earth Science, 6.
Lutz, A., Immerzeel, W.W., Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A., Shresta, A.B. & Bierkens, M.F.P. (09.11.2016). Climate Change Impacts on the Upper Indus Hydrology: Sources, Shifts and Extremes. PLoS One, 11 (11), (pp. 1-33).
Kargel, J. S., Leonard, G. J., Shugar, D. H., Haritashya, U. K., Bevington, A., Fielding, E. J., Fujita, K., Geertsema, M., Miles, E. S., Steiner, J., Anderson, E., Bajracharya, S., Bawden, G. W., Breashears, D. F., Byers, A., Collins, B., Dhital, M. R., Donnellan, A., Evans, T. L., Geai, M. L., Glasscoe, M. T., Green, D., Gurung, D. R., Heijenk, R., Hilborn, A., Hudnut, K., Huyck, C., Immerzeel, W. W., Liming, Jiang, Jibson, R., Kääb, A., Khanal, N. R., Kirschbaum, D., Kraaijenbrink, P. D A, Lamsal, D., Shiyin, Liu, Mingyang, Lv, McKinney, D., Nahirnick, N. K., Zhuotong, Nan, Ojha, S., Olsenholler, J., Painter, T. H., Pleasants, M., Pratima, K. C., Yuan, Q. I., Raup, B. H., Regmi, D., Rounce, D. R., Sakai, A., Donghui, Shangguan, Shea, J. M., Shrestha, A. B., Shukla, A., Stumm, D., van der Kooij, M., Voss, K., Xin, Wang, Weihs, B., Wolfe, D., Lizong, Wu, Xiaojun, Yao, Yoder, M. R. & Young, N. (08.01.2016). Geomorphic and geologic controls of geohazards induced by Nepal's 2015 Gorkha earthquake. Science, 351 (6269), (pp. aac8353).
Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A., Shea, J.M., Pellicciotti, F., de Jong, S.M. & Immerzeel, W.W. (01.12.2016). Object-based analysis of unmanned aerial vehicle imagery to map and characterise surface features on a debris-covered glacier. Remote Sensing of Environment, 186, (pp. 581) (595 p.).
Brun, Fanny, Buri, Pascal, Miles, Evan S., Wagnon, Patrick, Steiner, J.F., Berthier, Etienne, Ragettli, S., Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A., Immerzeel, W.W. & Pellicciotti, Francesca (2016). Quantifying volume loss from ice cliffs on debris-covered glaciers using high-resolution terrestrial and aerial photogrammetry. Journal of Glaciology, 62 (234), (pp. 684-695).
Vincent, Christian, Wagnon, Patrick, Shea, Joseph M., Immerzeel, W.W., Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A., Shrestha, Dibas, Soruco, Alvaro, Arnaud, Yves, Brun, Fanny, Berthier, E. & Sherpa, Sonam Futi (22.08.2016). Reduced melt on debris-covered glaciers: investigations from Changri Nup Glacier, Nepal. Cryosphere, 10, (pp. 1845-1858).
Kraaijenbrink, Philip, Meijer, Sander W., Shea, Joseph M., Pellicciotti, Francesca, De Jong, Steven M. & Immerzeel, Walter W. (2016). Seasonal surface velocities of a Himalayan glacier derived by automated correlation of unmanned aerial vehicle imagery. Annals of Glaciology, 57 (71), (pp. 103-113) (11 p.).
Immerzeel, W. W., Kraaijenbrink, P. D A, Shea, J. M., Shrestha, A. B., Pellicciotti, F., Bierkens, M. F P & De Jong, S. M. (01.01.2014). High-resolution monitoring of Himalayan glacier dynamics using unmanned aerial vehicles. Remote Sensing of Environment, 150, (pp. 93-103) (11 p.).
Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A., Bierkens, M.F.P., Lutz, A.F. & Immerzeel, W.W. (14.09.2017). Impact of a global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius on Asia’s glaciers. Nature, 549 (7671), (pp. 257-260).
Brun, Fanny, Wagnon, Patrick, Berthier, Etienne, Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A., Immerzeel, W.W., Shea, J.M. & Vincent, Christian (2017). Quantifying ice cliff contribution to debris-covered glacier mass balance from multiple sensors.
Wagnon, Patrick, Vincent, Christian, Shea, J.M., Immerzeel, W.W., Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A., Shrestha, Dibas, Soruco, Alvaro, Arnaud, Yves, Brun, Fanny, Berthier, Etienne & Sherpa, Sonam Futi (2017). Reduced melt on debris-covered glaciers: investigations from Changri Nup Glacier, Nepal.
Andreassen, L.M., De Marco, Jessica, Oldani, Simon, Kjøllmoen, Bjarne, Immerzeel, W.W. & Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A. (26.10.2017). Using an unmanned aerial vehicle to measure surface mass balance of Juvfonne ice patch.
Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A., Litt, Maxime, Shea, J.M., Treichler, Désirée, Koch, Inka & Immerzeel, W.W. (13.12.2016). Mapping surface temperature variability on a debris-covered glacier with an unmanned aerial vehicle.
Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A., Shea, J.M., Pellicciotti, F., de Jong, S.M., Meijer, S.W., Bierkens, M.F.P., Shresta, A.B. & Immerzeel, W.W. (17.04.2016). Multi-temporal high resolution monitoring of debris-covered glaciers using unmanned aerial vehicles.
Addink, E.A., Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A. & Kleinhans, M.G. (08.04.2016). Reconstructing the Ganges delta from satellite imagery, connecting individual channels into rivers.
Sperna Weiland, Frederiek, Buishand, Adri, Kraaijenbrink, Philip, Ruiter, Astrid, van Pelt, Saskia, Schellekens, Jaap & Beersma, Jules (01.04.2013). Assessment of future changes in Meuse discharge extremes. (1 p.).
  Prize (including medals and awards)
Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A. 14.12.2017 Recipient Outstanding Student Paper Award American Geophysical Union
Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A. 17.04.2016 Recipient Outstanding Student Poster and PICO Award European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A. 05.03.2015 Recipient Best oral presentation by a student International Association of Cryospheric Sciences
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