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.

Human exposure to air pollution

In the context of the Healthy Urban Living programme we implemented a set of Land Use Regression models to determine the spatial distribution of several air pollution concentrations (e.g. NO2, NOx). These models cover the entire Netherlands at 5m resolution (the figure below shows the PM10 concentration).
We combine these field-based concentration maps with human activity patterns, for instance to calculate the total exposure of individuals during their home-work travel. For more information join our presentation in the Air Pollution Modelling session next month at the EGU or contact us at

PM10 concentration Netherlands

PCRaster-4.0.2 released

We are glad to announce the final release of PCRaster-4.0.2! We fixed several bugs and added some functional enhancements for the Modflow extension. For more information please read the changes document. Packages are available for 64-bit Linux as well as 64-bit and 32-bit Windows systems.

For more information, visit the PCRaster 4.0.2 download page:


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.



PCRaster-4.0.1 final version released

We are glad to announce the final release of PCRaster-4.0.1! We fixed several bugs, some of them might affect model outcomes.  Please read the changes document carefully. In addition, this is the first release fully supporting 64-bit Windows systems.

For more information, visit the PCRaster 4.0.1 download page:


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.