de Beurs, Kirsten

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kirsten de Beurs was a Postdoctoral Fellow who worked on a NASA-funded project: "Evaluating the effects of institutional change on regional hydrometeorology: assessing the vulnerability of the Eurasian semi-arid grain belt." with Dr. Geoffrey Henebry.

Kirsten's research concentrates on the analysis and monitoring of changes in land surface phenology due to direct human impact and the effects resulting from global climate change. Her main interest is in the study of land surface phenology by means of vegetation indices as recorded in high-temporal image time series. In particular she focuses on the analysis of land cover / land use change in Northern and Central Eurasia as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In this research she uses an integrated approach combining long image time series from synoptic sensors, meteorological data, and political and socio-economic analysis. As part of her dissertation, she has developed a statistical framework that enables structured and rigorous statistical analyses of change in land surface phenologies. These tools and methods are able to characterize historic and current land use and land cover dynamics and aid the investigation on how climate variability and climate change affect these land surface dynamics.

Originally, Kirsten is from the Netherlands, where she earned a M.S. in Agricultural System Science from the Wageningen University. Her M.S. program concentrated on the use of statistical methods with agricultural systems and geospatial data, including imagery. She came to the United States in January 2002 and graduated with a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in December 2005 with Dr. Geoffrey Henebry as her PhD research advisor.

Last modified: 
Jul 28, 2014