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Jasper Denissen

PhD Student in Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate Interactions in the Biogeochemical Integration Department
Room: C1.014 (tower)
Phone: +49 3641 576224

PhD topic

  • Multi-variate Analysis of Land-Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Climate
    In my research I aim to find the critical soil moisture, which is of interest, because it marks a sharp change in sensitivity of evapotranspiration to soil moisture. In my research, I use several methods to (attempt to) determine the critical soil moisture, amongst which the CLASS4GL boundary layer model, involving data products like ESA CCI surface soil moisture, FLUXCOM evapotranspiration and balloon soundings.

Research interests

  • Land-atmosphere interactions: Finding the transition between water- and energy-limited conditions of the biosphere
  • Multi-variate analysis: Combining data from various sources (satellite, reanalysis, Climate Models)
  • Boundary Layer Processes How the land surface state influences boundary layer characteristics

Academic background

  • 02/2018 - present: PhD in the Biogeochemical Integration, Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany. Affiliated with Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands.
  • 01/2015 - 08/2017: MSc Earth & Environment at the Wageningen University
  • 09/2016 - 02/2017: MSc thesis at MPI-C, Mainz: The effect of cloud-core area fraction on convective transport by cumulus convection in EMAC
  • 09/2010 - 12/2014: BSc Soil, Water, Atmosphere at the Wageningen University


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