Prof. dr. A.J. (Han) Dolman

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Han Dolman
Head of the Section


Professor of Ecohydrology and current head of the Department of Earth Sciences. My research interests are the interaction of the terrestrial biosphere with the carbon and hydrological cycle and the atmosphere. My work is a combination of modeling and experimental work. I am involved in FLUXNET eddy covariance observations  of CO2 and methane in the Netherlands (Horstermeer; and the Far East Siberia. I am further interested in the application of inverse modeling techniques to regional carbon balances and the application of simple models to study fragility, resilience and feedbacks. I was awarded the Vernadsky medal of the EGU in 2013


  • I am involved in a number of EU funded projects such as GHG-Europe that aims to determine the full Greenhouse Gas balance of Europe. ICOS and ICOS-INWIRE that aim to set up a European Infrastructure for GHG monitoring and GEOCARBON a global analysis and monitoring system for carbon. I am also involved in AMAZALERT where we try to determine the resilience and fragility of the Amazon rainforest with humans and climate. I am also involved in PAGE21 that studies the effects of changing permafrost.
  • My current PhD projects deal impact of the South Asian Monsoon on extreme rainfall, Possible effects of soil moisture on source evaporation and extreme events in South Asia, The effect of nitrogen deposition on canopy fluxes of carbon, Moisture effects on mid-latitude vegetation carbon exchange and Stability of permafrost in Siberia.
  • I also hold a Science without Frontier Fellowship. This is a collaboration with INPE, Cachoeira Paulista to study stability of Amazonian Climate and carbon pools.

Selected Publications

  • Dolman, A.J., Shvidenko, A., Tchepaschenko, D., Chen, T., Molen, M.K. van der, Belelli Marchesini, L., Maximov, T.C., Maksyutov, S. & Schulze, E.D. (2012). An estimate of the terrestrial carbon budget of Russia using inventory-based, eddy covariance and inversion methods. Biogeosciences, 12(9), 5323-5340.
  • Huissteden, J. van, Berrittella, C., Parmentier, F.J.W., Mi, Y., Maximov, T.C. & Dolman, A.J. (2011). Methane emissions from permafrost thaw lakes limited by lake drainage. Nature Climate Change, 1(2), 119-123.
  • Miralles, D.G., Holmes, T.R.H., Jeu, R.A.M. de, Gash, J.H.C., Meesters, A.G.C.A. & Dolman, A.J. (2011). Global land-surface evaporation estimated from satellite-based observations. Hydrology  and Earth System Sciences, 15(2), 453-469.
  • Dolman, A.J. & Jeu, R.A.M. de (2010). Evaporation in Focus. Nature Geoscience, 3, 296.
  • Schulze, E.D., Ciais, P., Luysaert, S., Freibauer, A., Janssens, I.A., Sousanna, J.F., Smith, P., Grace, J., Levin, I., Thiruchittampalam, B., Heimann, M., Dolman, A.J., Valentini, R., Bousquet, P., Peylin, P., Peters, W., Roedenbeck, C., Etiope, G., Vuichard, N., Wattenbach, M., Nabuurs, G.J., Poussi, Z., Nieschulze, J. & Gash, J.H.C. (2009). Importance of methane and nitrous oxide for Europe’s terrestrial greenhouse-gas balance. Nature Geoscience, 842-850. 

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