Author Archives: derek

Vacancy: PhD position

We have a vacancy for a PhD student working at the intersection of geocomputation and environmental health science. The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team under supervision of Dr Derek Karssenberg (PCRaster research team, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University) and Dr Ilonca Vaartjes (University Medical Center Utrecht). Detailed information is at

Coupled field-agent modelling!

Merijn de Bakker joined our team as a PhD student. In his project he aims at the development of concepts for a domain specific language for integrated modelling of fields and agents. Ultimately we hope this will lead to a completely new modelling language in which models can be built containing both decision making agents and fields. Merijn will apply his concepts to an air pollution exposure case study in cooperation with our colleagues from the Healthy Urban Living research group at Utrecht University.

Virtual Globe: PCRaster web simulations of processes on the land surface

The PCRaster team, in particular Koko Alberti who recently joined our team, has developed prototype software to run PCRaster models as web simulations, at a very high (~90 m) resolution, for almost any location on earth! The current facility includes prototype models for sea level change, snow cover, and water erosion. The web simulations are available here (login required). For information and to request a login, please email

Dr Oliver Schmitz !


Yesterday, Oliver Schmitz, one of our team members, received his PhD at Utrecht University. The title of his PhD thesis is “Integrating environmental component models. Development of a software framework”. You can reach him at if you would like to receive his PhD thesis (or to congratulate him!). A short description of his thesis research is here.



New online courses

We have updated our course material. Have a look at the Courses section for two new distance learning courses on PCRaster Python; without tutor support the courses are free of charge.