Alterra
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Alterra Wageningen University & Research Centre

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Alterra

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Alterra is the main Dutch centre of expertise on rural areas. It combines all expertise on rural areas and their sustainable use, including aspects as water, wildlife, forests, the environment, soils, landscape, climate and recreation, and various other aspects in the development and management of the environment. Alterra engages in strategic and applied research to support policymaking and management at local, national and international level. During the last decades, simulation models like SWAP, PESTLA, and LISEM have been developed. Alterra is in charge of several national and international databases on soil, groundwater, land use, landscape and recreation, including the national soil databases of the Netherlands. Alterra is coordinator of the DESIRE project.

Website

www.alterra.nl

Address

Alterra

P.O. Box 47

Droevendaalsesteeg 3

6700 AA Wageningen

Netherlands

Fax: +31 317 419000

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Prof. Dr. Coen Ritsema

Tel: +31 317 486517

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Coordinating large international research projects; soil physicist, fundamental and applied research related to effects of drought, soil erosion and flooding risks

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Dr. Rudi Hessel

Tel: +31 317 486530

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Physical geographer, expert in dynamic modelling and model application, execution of scenario analysis, GIS, and designing and executing field work

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Dr. Simone Verzandvoort

Tel. +31 317 486500

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Physical geographer. Main topics: land degradation, GIS, Soil and catchment hydrology, teaching.Image

Ing. Erik van den Elsen

Tel: +31 317 486533

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Electronic engineer and Internet Technology specialist, expert in field data acquisition and soil science applications, soil physical determination methods, designing and executing field work.

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Cathelijne Stoof, MSc.

Tel: +31 317 486619

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www.fire.wur.nl 

Soil scientist/ soil physicist.
Expert in soil physical field
and lab experiments, hydrological
modeling.
PhD topic: Fire effects on soil -
water movement.
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Jantiene Baartman, MSc.Tel: +31 317 486620

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Soil scientist/geomorphologist with special interest in landscape evolution, soil erosion and dynamic modelling. PhD topic: Natural and human-induced erosion - combining short-term event-based research and landscape evolution modelling.Image

Partner 1 – ALTERRA, P.O. Box 47, 6700 AA Wageningen, the Netherlands

Institute description
Alterra is the main Dutch centre of expertise on rural areas. It combines all expertise on rural areas and their sustainable use, including aspects as water, wildlife, forests, the environment, soils, landscape, climate and recreation, and various other aspects in the development and management of the environment. Alterra engages in strategic and applied research to support policymaking and management at local, national and international level. During the last decades, simulation models like SWAP, PESTLA, and LISEM have been developed. Alterra is in charge of several national and international databases on soil, groundwater, land use, landscape and recreation, including the national soil databases of the Netherlands. The institute is co-ordinator of the national Environmental and Nature Assessment Offices. Alterra is part of Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR).

DESIRE management team
Name of personnel    Expertise
Prof. Coen J. Ritsema    Coordinating large international research projects; soil physicist, fundamental and applied research related to effects of drought,  soil erosion and flooding risks
Dr. Rudi Hessel    Physical geographer, expert in dynamic modelling and model application, execution of scenario analysis, GIS, and designing and executing field work.
Dr. Simone Verzandvoort     Physical geographer. Main topics: land degradation, GIS, soil and catchment hydrology, teaching.
Ing. Erik van den Elsen   Electronics Engineer and Internet technology specialist, expert in field data acquisition and soil science applications, soil physical determination methods, designing and executing field work.

Prof. Coen J. Ritsema has more than 20 years of experience in fundamental and applied research in the area of land use management and hydrology, and in coordinating large (inter)national multidisciplinary research projects and programmes. During the last decade, he coordinated 8 EU-funded research projects successfully. His interest has been focused on land-hydrology interactions at different spatial and temporal scales, with special attention to soil physical and chemical processes like erosion, water repellency, oxidation, and pollution. He has published around 125 research papers in refereed international scientific journals, and is currently Vice-President of the Soil Science Division of the European Geosciences Union. Furthermore, he is member of the Advisory Board of CERNAS – Centro de Estudos em Recursos Naturais Ambiente e Sociedade (i.e. Centre of Studies in Natural Resources, Environment and Society, Coimbra, Portugal), Professor at the Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and Honorary Professor at Deakin University, Australia.

References
Fullen, M.A., A. Arnalds, C.A. Booth, V. Castillo, C.J. Ritsema, A. Kertesz, P. Martin, A. Sole, V. Souchere, and G. Verstraeten. 2004. Government and agency response to soil erosion risk in Europe. In: Boardman J. and J. Poesen (Eds), Soil Erosion in Europe. Wiley, pp. 448, in press.
Dijck, S.J.E., A. Laouina, A.R. Carvalho, S. Loos, A.M. Schipper, H. Van der Kwast, R. Nafaa, M. Antari, A. Rocha, C. Borrego and C.J. Ritsema. 2006. Desertification in Northern Morocco due to effects of climate change on groundwater recharge. In: Desertification in the Mediterranean Region (Eds. W.G. Kepner et al.). NATO Security through Scientce Series – C: Environmental Security, 549-579.
Hessel, R., Hoang-Fagerstrom, M.H., Stolte, J., Messing, I., Ritsema, C.J. 2005. Integrated conservation planning in a small catchment on the Chinese Loess Plateau. In: De Graaff, J., Pieri, C., Sombatpanit, S., Cameron, J. (Eds.) Monitoring and evaluation of soil conservation and watershed development projects. WASWC, in press.
Hessel, R. V. Jetten, I. Messing, Chen Liding, J. Stolte and C.J. Ritsema. 2003. Soil erosion simulations of land use scenarios for a small Loess Plateau catchment. Catena 54, 289-302.
Jetten, V., G.Govers, R. Hessel 2003. Erosion models: quality of spatial predictions. Hydrological Processes 17, 887-900.
Ritsema, C.J. (Ed.) 2005. Special issue “Characteristics and Management of Hydrophobic Soils’, Austr. J. Soil. Res., 43, 220 pp.
Ritsema, C.J. 2004. Degradation. In: Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment, Elsevier Science, U.K.: 370-377.
Ritsema, C.J. (Ed.) 2003. Special Issue `Soil Erosion and Participatory Land Use Planning on the Loess Plateau in China’. Catena 54, 330 pp.
Stolte.J., C.J. Ritsema and J. Bouma. 2005. Developing interactive land use scenario’s on the Loess Plateau in China, presenting risk analyses and economic impacts. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 105:387-399.
Stolte, J., van Venrooij, B., Zhang, G., Trouwborst, K.O., Liu, G., Ritsema, C.J., Hessel, R. 2003. Land induced spatial heterogeneity of soil hydraulic properties on the Loess Plateau of China. Catena 54:59-96