Walter Immerzeel

Dr. W.W. Immerzeel

  • Post-doc (VENI laureate) at Utrecht University,
    department of Physical geography (75%)
  • Post-doc at ETH Zurich, Institute for Environmental Engineering (20%)
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Postal address and coordinates
Department of Physical Geography
Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University
P.O. Box 80115 3508 TC Utrecht
Tel. +31 (0) 30 253 2777/2749
Fax: +31 (0) 30 253 1145
Email: w.w.immerzeel at
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Visiting address
De Uithof Willem
C. van Unnik Building
Heidelberglaan 2 3584 CS Utrecht
Room 201 of Zonneveld Wing

Short CV
Dr. W.W. (Walter) Immerzeel has eleven years experience in geo-informatics, water resource management and climate change and is skilled in the use of remote sensing, simulation models and spatial analysis. He holds a PhD degree in physical geography at Utrecht University and his research focused on the interface of mountain hydrology, climate change and agriculture. He also has extensive experience in the application of remote sensing and modeling in mountain areas for systematically assessing and monitoring climate change, flooding, droughts and food security. He has worked in the Netherlands as well as in numerous developing countries. From December 2002 until June 2004 he was attached to the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal as associate expert GIS and natural resource management. He is responsible for a number of projects on the cutting edge of climate change and hydrology. From 2008-2011 he was also a CASIMIR fellow supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and working on seasonal forecasting of Asian river discharges from the Himalayan cryosphere and monsoon feedbacks in close collaboration with Utrecht University. Since 2012 he continues working at Utrecht University on a NWO-VENI grant to support his research on the impacts of climate change on the hydrology of the Himalayas and Karakoram mountain ranges. He is also part-time working for ETH Zurich on a cryospheric monitoring programme in Nepal.

Key publications

  • Pellicciotti, F., Konz, M., Immerzeel, W.W., Shresta, A.B., 2011, Challenges and uncertainties in hydrological modelling of remote Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) basins: suggestions for calibration strategies. Mountain Research and Development (in press)
  • Immerzeel, W.W., Beek van, L.P.H., Konz, M., Shrestha, A., Bierkens, M.F.P., 2010, Hydrological response to climate change in a glaciated catchment in the Himalayas. Climatic Change 110:721–736.
  • Bouma, J. Droogers, P., Sonneveld, M.P.W., Ritsema, C.J., Hunink, J.E., Immerzeel, W.W., Kauffman, S.. 2011, Hydropedological insights when considering catchment classification. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 15, 1909-1919
  • Gain, A.K., Immerzeel, W.W., Sperna-Weiland, F.C., Bierkens, M.F.P., 2011, Impact of climate change on the stream flow of the lower Brahmaputra: Trends in high and low flows based on discharge-weighted ensemble modeling. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 15, 1537-1545
  • Quiroz, R., Yarlequé, C., Posadas, A.,Mares, V., Immerzeel, W.W., 2011, Improving Daily Rainfall Estimation from NDVI Using Wavelet Transform. Environmental Modelling and Software 26: 201-209.
  • Immerzeel, W.W., Bierkens, M.F.P., 2010, Asian Water Towers: More on Monsoons-Response. Science 330: 585 Immerzeel, W.W., Beek, L.P.H., Bierkens, M.F.P., 2010, Climate Change Will Affect the Asian Water Towers. Science 328: 1382-1385.
  • Konz, M., Finger, D., Bürgi, C. , Normand, S., Immerzeel, W.W., Merz, J., Amarnath, G. , Burlando, P. 2010. Calibration of a distributed hydrological model for simulations of remote glacierized Himalayan catchments using MODIS snow cover data. IAHS publication 340: 465-473.
  • Droogers, P., Immerzeel, W.W., Lorite, I.J., 2010, Estimating Actual Irrigation Application by Remotely Sensed Evapotranspiration Observations. Agricultural Water Management 97: 1351 – 1359.
  • Immerzeel, W.W., Bierkens, M.F.P., 2010, Seasonal prediction of monsoon rainfall in Asian river basins: the importance of snow cover on the Tibetan plateau. International Journal of Climatology 30: 1835-1842.
  • Bhagat . R.M., Singh . S., Sood, C., Rana, R.S., Kalia, V., Pradhan, S., Immerzeel, W.W., Shrestha, B. 2009, Land Suitability Analysis for Cereal Production in Himachal Pradesh (India) using Geographical Information System, J. Indian Soc. Remote Sens. 37:233–240.
  • Immerzeel, W.W., Van Heerwaarden, C.C., Droogers, P., 2009, Modelling climate change in a Dutch polder system using the FutureViewR modelling suite. Computers and Geosciences 35: 446-458.
  • Immerzeel, W.W., Rutten, M.M., Droogers, P., 2009, Spatial downscaling of TRMM precipitation using vegetative response on the Iberian Peninsula. Remote Sensing of Environment 113: 362-370.
  • Immerzeel, W.W., Droogers, P., de Jong, S.M., Bierkens, M.F.P., 2009, Large-scale monitoring of snow cover and runoff simulation in Himalayan river basins using remote sensing Remote Sensing of Environment 113: 40-49.
  • Immerzeel, W.W., Gaur, A., Zwart, S.J., 2008, Integrating remote sensing and a process-based hydrological model to evaluate water use and productivity in a south Indian catchment. Agricultural Water Management 95: 11-24. Immerzeel, W.W., Droogers, P. 2008, Calibration of a distributed hydrological model based on satellite evapotranspiration. Journal of Hydrology 349: 411-424.
  • Immerzeel, W.W., Stoorvogel, J. and Antle J., 2008, Can payments for ecosystem services save the water tower of Tibet? Agricultural Systems 96: 52-63.
  • Immerzeel, W.WI., 2008, Historical trends and future predictions of climate variability in the Brahmaputra basin. The International Journal of Climatology 28: 243:254.
  • Droogers, P., Van Loon, A., Immerzeel, W.W., 2008, Quantifying the impact of model inaccuracy in climate change impact studies using an agro-hydrological model. Hydrological and Earth System Sciences 12: 669-678.
  • Bouma, J., Stoorvogel, J.J., Quiroz, R., Staal, S., Herrero, M., Immerzeel, W., Roetter, R.P., Bosch van den, R., Sterk, G., Rabbinge, R., Chater, S., 2007, Ecoregional Research for Development. Advances in Agronomy 93: 257-311.
  • Immerzeel, W.W., Quiroz, R.A. and Jong de, S.M., 2005, Understanding complex spatiotemporal weather patterns and land use interaction in the Tibetan Autonomous Region using harmonic analysis of SPOT VGT-S10 NDVI time series, International Journal of Remote Sensing 26: 2281-2296.