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Martijn Pallandt

Phd Researcher
Working on Arctic green house gas modeling network analysis in the scope of the INTAROS project.

Phone: + 49 3641 57 6303
fax: + 49 3641 57 7300

Research Focus:

  • Arctic and Marine environments
  • Representativeness metrics
  • Drivers and feedbacks of the carbon cycle
  • Catastrophic change in ecosystems
  • Open science

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Research Interests:

I’m fascinated by the complexity of natural systems and their myriad feedbacks, this is what drew me into the ecology and earth system science. I’m particularly drawn to marine and arctic environments; they are still some of the least understood environments on earth and at the same time be most threatened by climate change. I love the challenge of programming though also thoroughly enjoy working under harsh condition outdoors in nature to get the actual data.

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Research Activities:

Evaluation of the current state of the Arctic atmospheric greenhouse gas monitoring network.
My main research activities at this moment focus on the evaluation of the Arctic greenhouse gas monitoring network. In my project eddy covariance and atmospheric towers play the largest part, though chamber measurements, aircraft campaigns, and satellite measurements are taken into account whenever possible. The approach is threefold:

  • Identifying past and present sites, measuring campaigns, and their characteristics.
  • Device and implement metrics to objectively assess the networks representatives.
  • Theoretical Optimizations of the network for possible future expansions.

Here representativeness is an umbrella term for different kinds of performance metrics of the networks ability to properly portray GHG fluxes in the entire Arctic domain. These include distance and extrapolation metrics, signal detection and Observing system simulation experiments.

High latitude carbon flux site mapping tool
High latitude carbon flux site mapping tool Build in cooperation with Ted Schuur lab, this tool aims to give a comprehensive view of all chamber, eddy covariance, and atmospheric tower sites in the Arctic domain. A plethora of selection and filter options are available to find sites matching the users criteria. Links to actual data are available and the final selections metadata can conveniently be downloaded.

Automatic flask sampler and fieldwork
The automatic flask sampler developed by ICOS central analytical lab is able to take flask samples autonomously. We cooperated in extending its triggered sample taking capabilities. Which means that based on local conditions as measured by metrological and other GHG monitoring sensors conditions can be define that prompt the sampler to take a sample. We first prepared our sampling site in Ambarchik (North East Siberia) for the addition of this sampler, however due to unforeseen circumstances we had to redirect our efforts to Station Nord Greenland, where we installed the sampler in the summer of 2019.

Open science
As part of the open science working group of PhD net I co-organized the 2019 open access ambassador conference in the Harnack House in Berlin. This conferenced aimed at early career scientist explored open science practices and revived the open MPS open access ambassador program. In tandem to this we held an online survey among all MPS PhD’s on their knowledge of and disposition to open science. The result of this survey will be published.

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INTAROS - Integrated Arctic Observation System
Collaborative project funded by the EU H2020 BG-09, 01-12-2016 to 30-11-2021
Participation in work packages:

  • 2 Evaluation of atmospheric monitoring networks
  • 3 Installation and operation of ICOS flask sampler at Station Nord Greenland

ABoVE - Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment
Cooperating in the carbon synthesis activities.


ICOS-INWIRE - ICOS improved sensors, network and interoperability for GMES
Collaborative project funded by the EU under FP7-SPACE, 01-01-2013 to 31-12-2015
Participation in work packages :

  • 4 Autonomous GHG ecosystem sensor systems
  • 5 Enhanced operational capabilities of ICOS eddy covariance network

CARVE : Carbon Arctic Reservoir Vulnerability Experiment
Earth Venture Sub-orbital mission funded in 2010 as part of NASA's Earth System Science Pathfinder Mission, 2011 to 2015
Particpation in the ground based verrification of fluxes

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