Dr. Philip Kraaijenbrink

Dr. Philip Kraaijenbrink

Assistant Professor
Geographical Hydrology
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Philip Kraaijenbrink is Assistant Professor in Quantitative Methods in Extreme Environments. He is part of the Mountain Hydrology Group of the Department of Physical Geography.

Philip is a physical geographer with a strong technical skillset that he uses to study climate change impacts on the water cycle across scales, with a particular focus on mountains. For his research, he combines a broad range of quantitative research methods, such as cloud-enabled remote sensing, unmanned aerial systems, climate data analysis, numerical modelling, and (mountain) fieldwork.

Philip obtained his PhD degree in Physical Geography at Utrecht University cum laude (among top 3%) in 2018 for his pioneering research on unmanned aerial system (UAS) monitoring of debris-covered glaciers in the Himalaya (thesis). By upscaling the UAS data to the larger scale using large-scale remote sensing and numerical modelling, he has increased knowledge on the dynamics of debris-covered glaciers and the impacts of climate change on these systems. In 2021, he received the Martinus van Marum Prize for the best Dutch PhD research in environmental sciences over the past five years.

At present, is primarily working on his NWO Veni project GREENPEAKS. In this project he investigates the extent to which climate change affects vegetation change in mountain regions and assesses its potential implications for the water supply from the mountains.



Video in which Philip explains how he uses remote sensing and modeling to understand large-scale impacts of climate change on the water coming from the high mountains of Asia.