Title : Dr.
Name : Freek van der Meer
FoS : Geosystem Exploration and Petroleum Geoengineering
Affiliation : Adjunct Faculty
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Educational Background

  1. Ph. D., remote sensing 1995, Wageningen University, Netherlands.
  2. M.Sc., Geology/geophysics, 1989, Free University Amsterdam Netherlands

Research Interests

My research is directed toward the use of hyperspectral remote sensing for geological applications with the specific aim of use geostatistical approaches to integrate airborne and field data into geologic models. Together with my staff and PhD researchers we develop algorithms to combine spatial and spectral information, to couple field and image spectral data, to mathematically and physically integrate various geoscience data sets (e.g, remote sensing, geophysical and geochemical field and airborne/spaceborne data with pre-existing thematic data sets) for a better understanding of geological processes. Emphasis is on resource (mineral, oil and gas) exploration and related environmental aspects. Van der Meer has published over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals, is author of two books, has graduated 6 PhD candidates and has 11 ongoing PhD projects.



Basic remote sensing.
Principles of spectroscopy.
Hyperspectral remote sensing for exploration.
Spatial statistics.


Selected Publications

  1. Van der Meer, F., Bakker, W., Scholte, K., Skidmore, A., de Jong, S., Clevers, J., Addink, E. & Epema, G. 2001. Spatial scale variations in vegetation indices and above-ground biomass estimates: implications for MERIS. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 22(17): 3381-3396.
  2. Van der Meer, F. & De Jong, S. Imaging Spectrometry: Basic Principles and Prospective Applications. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, the Netherlands, 451 pp. ISBN 1-4020-0194-0.
  3. Van der Meer, F., Van Dijk, P., Van der Werff, H. & Yang, H. 2002. Remote sensing and petroleum leakage: a review and case study. Terra Nova, 14(1): 1-17 (ISSN 0954-4879).
  4. Kariuki, P.G. & Van der Meer, F. 2003. A unified swelling potential index for expansive soils. Engineering Geology, 2212, in press.
  5. De Jong, S. & Van der Meer, F. 2004. Remote sensing image analysis: including the spatial domain. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, the Netherlands, 375 pp., ISBN 1-4020-2559-9. Observation and Geoinformation, 8: 3-17.
  6. Van Ruitenbeek, F., Cudahy, T., Hale, M. & Van der Meer, F. 2005. Tracing fluid pathways in fossil hydrothermal systems with near-infrared spectroscopy. Geology, 33(7): 597-600.
  7. Debba, P. F.J.A. van Ruitenbeek, F.D. van der Meer, E.J.M. Carranza, & A. Stein, 2005. Optimal field sampling for targeting minerals using hyperspectral data. Remote Sensing of Environment 99 (2005) 373- 386.
  8. Van der Meer, F. 2006. The effectiveness of spectral similarity measures for the analysis of hyperspectral imagery. International Journal of Applied earth

Ongoing and Completed Projects


Awards and Honors

  1. ITC special performance award, 1992.
  2. ITC research award, 1994: paper 'Sequential Indicator Conditional Simulation and Indicator Kriging Applied to Discrimination of Dolomitization in GER 63-channel Imaging spectrometer data'
  3. Best in Oral Session-award at the Third Airborne Remote Sensing Conference and Exhibition (ERIM),
  4. Copenhagen, 1997: paper 'Cross Correlogram Spectral Matching (CCSM) for mapping surface mineralogy using imaging spectrometer data'
  5. Taylor and Francis Best Letter Award of the Remote Sensing Society, 1997: paper '. Performance characteristics of the Indicator Classifier tested on simulated image data'
  6. Best in Oral Session-award at the Thirteenth Int. Conf. And Exhibition (ERIM), Vancouver, 1-3 March 1999: paper 'Simulation of MERIS data: aspects of scale and variability'
  7. Best in Poster Session-award at the Thirteenth Int. Conf. And Exhibition (ERIM), Vancouver, 1-3 March 1999: paper 'Hyperspectral data in hydrocarbon microseepage detection'
  8. Key note speaker on various conferences (IGU 2004, IAMG2006).
  9. Scientific committee member for various international conferences.

Professional Affiliations

  1. Past-chairman Netherlands Society for Earth Observation and Geoinformatics
  2. Chairman special interest group geological remote sensing of EARSeL
  3. Member of the Council of Earsel
  4. Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of the Netherlands
  5. Chairman Working group VII/3 ISPRS.
  6. Associate editor for Terra Nova
  7. Editor for the International Journal of Applied Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation
  8. Editor for the Netherlands Journal of Geosciences
  9. Editor of the remote sensing and digital image processing series of Springer/Kluwer.

Research Keywords

Remote sensing, spectroscopy, hyperspectral data, oil-gas resources, HC seeps, mineral resources, geoenvironment.