The first keynote speaker present at our symposium will be Han Dolman, professor at VU University Amsterdam, Department of Earth Sciences.
In 1992 Dolman pioneered the use of the eddy-covariance technique for continuous, long term measurement of water (evaporation) and carbon fluxes. This led to the development of the European project called ‘EuroFlux’ which resulted in a highly influential Nature paper and subsequent publications of which one received the 2004 World Meteorological Organization, Norbert Gerbier-Mumm Award.
Following the success of HAPEX-Sahel, a study in climate and desertification, Dolman further developed his experience in (co)leading international field experiments as a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA), an international experiment led by Brazil.
Dolman was a member of the advisory board of KNMI and the board of the Faculty and SRON. He was awarded the Biogeosciences Vernadsky Medal of the European Geophysical Union in 2013. Since 2014 Dolman serves as a member of the UN Global Climate Observing System (GCOS).
In 2017 Dolman was appointed honorary professor at Nanjing University of Science and Technology. His book ‘Biogeochemical Cycles and Climate’ was published this year by Oxford University Press.