Homepage Ko van Huissteden

Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences,

Amsterdam, The Netherlands.




Research projects

Main research subjects:

Wetlands and river plains, carbon fluxes from terrestrial environments, Ice ages
with an emphasis on modelling.

Current research projects:

Carbon fluxes in peatlands and nature reserves in the Netherlands. Oxidation of peat due to drainage of coastal peatlands may be a major source of atmospheric carbon in the future, due to continuous increase of land reclamation in coastal areas. In the Netherlands, reclamation of peatlands already started in medieval times. Lowering of the water table to maintain or increase accessibility of the peatlands for agricultural use leads to continued oxidation of peat. The aim of this project is to quantify the carbon dioxide and methane release due to these land management practions for different types peatlands. 

Methane and soil carbon fluxes in permafrost environments Predicted global warming will be largest in the Arctic and will severely affect permafrost environments. By increased soil temperature, active layer thickness and primary production this may cause higher methane fluxes from the vast northern lowlands in Eurasia. In this research, part of the EU funded TCOS project, methane fluxes from Siberian tundra and taiga ecosystems are quantified and related to permafrost characteristics. Cooperation with the IBPC (Russian Academy of Sciences Institute for Biological Processes of the Crlyolithozone) in Yakutsk

Paleo-carbon fluxes from terrestrial environments. Ice cores show major perturbations of the global carbon cycle in conjunction with rapid climate change during the last glacial. This projects includes reconstruction of paleo-carbon fluxes during the Quaternary, from paleo-ecological data in combination with modelling.


Recent Publications

Scientific publications

Van Huissteden, J., L. Van Der Valk, J. Vandenberghe 1983. Geomorphological evolution of a Lowland valley system during the Weichselian. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 11, 207-216

Vandenberghe, J. J. Van Huissteden 1988: Fluvio-eolian interaction in a region of continuous permafrost. Proc. Vth International Conf. on Permafrost, Trondheim, Norway, August 2-5, 1988, 876-881.

Vandenberghe, J. J. Van Huissteden 1989: The Weichselian stratigraphy of the Twente Region, eastern Netherlands. - In: J. Rose & C. Schlüchter (Eds.), Quaternary type sections: Imagination or reality? Balkema, Rotterdam, p. 93-100.

Van Huissteden, J, J. Vandenberghe, B. Van Geel, 1986: Late Pleistocene stratigraphy and fluvial history of the Dinkel basin (Twente, Eastern Netherlands). Eiszeitalter und Gegenwart 36: 43-59.

Van Huissteden, J, L. van der Valk J. Vandenberghe 1986: Geomorphological evolution of a lowland valley system during the Weichselian. Earth Surface Processes & Landforms 11: 207-216.

Van Huissteden, J. J. Vandenberghe 1988: Changing fluvial style of periglacial lowland rivers during the Weichselian Pleniglacial in the eastern Netherlands. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie N.F., Suppl.-Bd. 71: 131-146.

Van Huissteden, J., 1990: Tundra rivers of the Last Glacial: sedimentation and geomorphological processes during the Middle Pleniglacial in the Dinkel valley (eastern Netherlands). Mededelingen Rijks Geologische Dienst, 44-3, p. 3-138.

Ran, E.T.H., J. van Huissteden, 1990: The Dinkel valley in the Middle Pleniglacial: dynamics of a tundra river system. Mededelingen Rijks Geologische dienst, 44-3, p. 209-220.

Ran, E. T. H., S. J. P. Bohncke, J. van Huissteden & J. Vandenberghe, 1990: Evidence of episodic permafrost conditions during the Weichselian Middle Pleniglacial in the Hengelo basin (The Netherlands). Geologie en Mijbouw 44-3, p 207-220.

Van Geel, B., J.P. Pals, G.B.A. van Reenen, J. van Huissteden, 1995: The indicator value of fossil fungal remains, illustrated by the paleoecological record of a Late Eemian/Early Weichselian deposit in the Netherlands. Mededelingen Rijks Geologische Dienst, 52, p. 297-315.

Van Huissteden, J., G. Nugteren, J. Vandenberghe, An Zhisheng 1997: Spectral Analysis of a Grainsize Record of the Loess Deposits in Central China. Proceedings 30th International Geological Congress, Beijing, Vol. 2&3, p. 313-325, VSP, The Netherlands

Van Huissteden, J., O. van de Plassche, 1998: Sulfate reduction as a geomorphological agent in tidal marshes ('Great Marshes' at Barnstable, Cape Cod, USA). Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 23:223-236

Vandenberghe, J. Z. An, G. Nugteren, L. Huayu and J. van Huissteden, 1997: A new absolute timescale for the Quaternary climate in the Chinese Loess Region by grain size analysis. Geology 25:35-38

Huayu Lu, Ko van Huissteden , Zhisheng An , Govert Nugteren , Jef Vandenberghe, 1999: East Asia winter monsoon variations on a millennial time scale before the last glacial-interglacial cycle. Journal of Quaternary Science 14-1, 101-110

Bateman, M.D., J. van Huissteden 1999: The timing of last glacial periglacial and aeolian events, Twente, Eastern Netherlands. Journal of Quaternary Science, 14:277-283.

Van Huissteden, J., J. Vandenberghe, T. van der Hammen, W. Laan 2000: Fluvial and aeolian interaction under permafrost condition: Weichselian Late Pleniglacial, Twente, Eastern Netherlands. Catena 40:307-321.

Huayu Lu, J. van Huissteden, Jie Zhou, J. Vandenberghe, Xiaodong Liu and Zhisheng An 2000: Variability of the East Asian winter monsoon in Quaternary climatic extremes in North China.

Quaternary Research 54:321-327.

Van Huissteden, J., C. Kasse 2001: Detection of rapid climate change in Last Glacial fluvial successions in the Netherlands. Global & Planetary Change, 28, 319-339.

Van Huissteden, J., P.L. Gibbard, R.M. Briant 2001: Periglacial fluvial systems in northwest Europe during marine isotope stages 4 and 3. Quaternary International 79: 75-88

Van Huissteden, J., J.C.G. Schwan, Mark D. Bateman 2001: Environmental conditions and paleowind directions at the end of the Weichselian Late Pleniglacial recorded in aeolian sediments and geomorphology (Twente, Eastern Netherlands) . Geologie en Mijnbouw, 80:1-18.

Van Huissteden, J., D. Pollard 2003: Oxygen Isotope Stage 3 fluvial and eolian successions in Europe compared with climate model results. Quaternary Research 59:223-233

Van Huissteden, J., J. Vandenberghe, D. Pollard 2003: Palaeotemperature reconstructions of the European permafrost zone during Oxygen Isotope Stage 3 compared with climate model results. Journal of Quaternary Science, 18:453-464

Kasse, C., J. Vandenberghe, J. Van Huissteden, S. J. P. Bohncke and J. A. A. Bos 2003: Sensitivity of Weichselian fluvial systems to climate change (Nochten mine, eastern Germany), Quaternary Science Reviews 22:2141-2156

Keesstra S.D. and J. van Huissteden 2003: Dating morphological river response to landuse changes in the Dragonja catchment, SW Slovenia. In: D. Gabriels and W.M. Cornelis (Eds.). 25 Years of Assessment of Erosion . Ghent University, Belgium, p. 305-312.

Van Huissteden, J., R. van den Bos 2003: Modeling the effect of water-table management on CO2 and CH4 fluxes from peat soils. In: R.M. van den Bos Human influences on carbon fluxes in coastal peatlands; process analysis, quantification and prediction. Thesis, Vrije Universiteit, p. 67-90.

Van den Bos, R., J. Van Huissteden, O van de Plassche 2003: A model-based assessment of CO2 and CH4 fluxes in coastal peatlands (Western Netherlands) for different climate and management scenarios. In: R.M. van den Bos Human influences on carbon fluxes in coastal peatlands; process analysis, quantification and prediction. Thesis, Vrije Universiteit, p. 91-110.

Van Huissteden J. 2004: Methane emission from northern wetlands in Europe during Oxygen Isotope Stage 3. Quaternary Science Reviews 23:1989-2005

Vandenberghe J, HY Lu, DH Sun, J van Huissteden, M Konert 2004: The late Miocene and Pliocene climate in East Asia as recorded by grain size and magnetic susceptibility of the Red Clay deposits (Chinese Loess Plateau). Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 204:239-255

Nugteren G, J. Vandenberghe, J. van Huissteden, Z. An 2004: A Quaternary climate record based on grain size analysis from the Luochuan loess section on the Central Loess Plateau, China. Global and Planetary Change 41:167-183

Keesstra SD, J. van Huissteden, J. Vandenberghe, O.Van Dam, J. de Gier and I.D. Pleizier 2005: Evolution of the morphology of the river Dragonja (SW Slovenia) due to land-use changes. Geomorphology 69:191-207

Van Huissteden J., T.C. Maximov, A.V. Kononov, A.J. Dolman 2005: High methane flux from an arctic floodplain (Indigirka lowlands, eastern Siberia). Journal of Geophysical Research 110, G02002, doi:10.1029/2005JG000010

Van Huissteden, J., R. van den Bos, I. Marticorena Alvarez 2006: Modeling the effect of water-table management on CO2 and CH 4 fluxes from peat soils. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences 85:3-18.

Vandenberghe J, H. Renssen, J. van Huissteden, G. Nugteren, M. Konert, H. Lu, A. Dodonov, J.P. Buylaert 2006. Penetration of Atlantic westerly winds into Central and East Asia. Quaternary Science Reviews 25: 2380-2389

Veenendaal, E.M., O. Kolle, P.A. Leffelaar, A.P. Schrier-Uijl, J. Van Huissteden, J. Van Walsem, F. Möller, and F. Berendse 2007: CO2 exchange and carbon balance in two grassland sites on eutrophic drained peat soils. Biogeosciences, 4, 1027-1040

Hendriks, D.M.D., J. van Huissteden, A.J. Dolman, and M.K. van der Molen, 2007. The full greenhouse gas balance of an abandoned peat meadow. Biogeosciences, 4, 411-424

Hendriks, DMD, Dolman, AJ, Van der Molen, MK, Van Huissteden, J. 2008. A compact and stable eddy covariance set-up for methane measurements using off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 8:431--443

Van der Molen, M.K., J. van Huissteden, F.J.W. Parmentier, A.M.R.Petrescu, A.J. Dolman, T.C. Maximov, A.V. Kononov, S.V. Karsanaev, and D.A. Suzdalov, 2007: The growing season greenhouse gas balance of a continental tundra site in the Indigirka lowlands, NE Siberia. Biogeosciences, 4, 985-1003

Petrescu, A.M.R., Van Huissteden, J., Jackowicz-Korczynski, M., Yurova, A., Christensen, T.R., Crill, P.M., Bäckstrand,K., Maximov, T.C. 2008: Modelling CH4 emissions from arctic wetlands: effects of hydrological parameterizations. Biogeosciences, 5, 111-121

Van Huissteden, J., Maximov, T.C., Kononov, A.V., Dolman, A.J. 2008: Summer soil CH4 emission and uptake in taiga forest near Yakutsk, Eastern Siberia. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 148, 2006-2012.

Schrier-Uijl, A.P.; Veenendaal, E.M.; Leffelaar, P.A.; Huissteden, J. van; Berendse, F. Spatial and temporal variation of methane emissions in drained eutrophic peat agro-ecosystems: drainage ditches as emission hotspots Biogeosciences Discussions 5 . - p. 1237 - 1261 (2008)

Hendriks, D.M.D., Dolman, A.J., Van der Molen, M.K., Van Huissteden, J. A compact and stable eddy covariance set-up for methane measurements using off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 431-443 (2008)

Keesstra SD, O. van Dam, G. Verstraeten, J. van Huissteden 2009: Changing sediment dynamics due to natural reforestation in the Dragonja catchment, SW Slovenia. Catena 78: 60-71

Keesstra, SD, LA Bruijnzeel, J van Huissteden 2009. Meso-scale catchment sediment budgets: combining field surveys and modeling in the Dragonja catchment, southwest Slovenia. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 34: 1547 - 1561

Berrittella, C., J. van Huissteden 2009: Uncertainties in modelling CH4 emissions from northern wetlands in glacial climates: effect of hydrological model and CH4 model structure. Climate of the Past 5, 361-373, 2009

Petrescu, A.M.R.,van Huissteden, J., de Vries, F. ,Bregman, E. P. H. , Scheper, A 2009: Assessing CH4 and CO2 emissions from wetlands in the Drenthe province, The Netherlands: a modelling approach, The Netherlands Journal of Geosciences 88, 101-116, 2009.

Van Huissteden J., T.C. Maximov, A.J. Dolman 2009: Corrections to: “High methane flux from an arctic floodplain (Indigirka lowlands, eastern Siberia)” . Journal of Geophysical Research 114, G02018 doi:10.1029/2009JG001040

Van Huissteden, J, A.M.R. Petrescu, D.M.D. Hendriks, and K.T. Rebel 2009: Sensitivity analysis of a wetland methane emission model based on temperate and arctic wetland sites. Biogeosciences 6:3035-3051

Hendriks, D.M.D., J. van Huissteden, A.J. Dolman 2009: Multi-technique assessment of spatial and temporal variability of methane fluxes in a peat meadow,. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 150: 757-774.

Schrier-Uijl, A.P., Kroon, P.S., Leffelaar, P.A., Van Huissteden, J., Berendse, F., Van Veenendaal, E.M. 2010 Methane emissions in two drained peat agro-ecosystems with high and low agricultural intensity. Plant Soil 329:509-520.

Petrescu, A.M.R., L.P.H. van Beek, J. van Huissteden, C. Prigent, T. Sachs, C.A.R. Corradi, F.J.W. Parmentier, A.J. Dolman 2010: Modeling regional to hemispheric CH4 emissions of boreal, subarctic and arctic wetlands. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 24, GB4009, doi:10.1029/2009GB003610, 2010


Isarin, R., A.S. Huijzer and J. van Huissteden 1998: Time-slice oriented multi-proxy database (MPDB) for palaeoclimate reconstruction . CAPS (Circumpolar Active-Layer Permafrost System) CD-ROM, Version 1.0, National Snow and Ice Data Center. CIRES, University of Colorado.


J. van Huissteden 2004: Moeras: Rem of versnelling van de broeikas? In: Roos, R. e.a. (red.), Opgewarmd Nederland (boek + DVD). Stichting Natuurmedia, Amsterdam/ Uitgevrij Jan van Arkel

Kwakernaak, C., Van den Akker, J., Veenendaal, E., Van Huissteden, J., Kroon, P. Veenweiden en klimaat. Mogelijkheden voor mitigatie en adaptatie. Bodem, 20(3), 6-8.

Woestenburg, M (ed.) Waarheen met het Veen. Uitgeverij Landwerk, Wageningen, 120 pp. Bijdragen aan hoofdstuk 1.4 'Klimaatverandering en Broeikasgassen'.

Hensen, A., Kroon, P., Van Huissteden, J., Dolman, A.J., Veenendaal, E.A., Duyzer, J., Elbers, J., Van Beek, C., Mosquera, J. Meten van broeikasgassen in het landschap. Landschap 2010-2, p. 57-65


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