Skip to main content

Coen J. Ritsema

Professor at Wageningen University & Research

Areas of expertise

  • - Soil Degradation
  • - Soil Management
  • - Soil Physics

Major works

  • Hessel, R. and C.J. Ritsema (Eds). 2014. "The DESIRE approach to combat desertification". Special Feature in Environmental Management 54:935-1055.
  • Baartman, J.E.M, V.G. Jetten and C.J. Ritsema. 2012. Effects of spatial upscaling and rainfall variability on erosion patterns for a semi-arid Mediterranean catchment using OpenLISEM. Hydrological Processes 26:1034-1049.
  • Ritsema, C.J. (Ed.) 2003. Special Issue "Soil Erosion and Participatory Land Use Planning on the Loess Plateau in China". Catena 54, 330 pp.

Social links

About Me

Coen Ritsema is Professor at Wageningen University & Research and Chair of the Soil Physics and Land Management group. He has more than 30 years of experience in fundamental and applied research in the area of soil and water related sciences, and coordinating large (inter)national multidisciplinary research projects and programmes. During the last decade, he coordinated numerous EU-funded projects involving partners from around the world. His interest has been focused on land-hydrology interactions at different spatial and temporal scales, with special attention to soil physical and chemical processes, and soil degradation and conservation issues. He has published around 150 research papers in refereed international scientific journals, and is (co-)editor of 8 special issues. Furthermore, he has been granted three Honorary/Guest Professorships at i) Deakin University, Australia (2004), ii) the Chinese Academy of Sciences at the Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Yangling, China (2008), and iii) Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering, Russia (2009). He received the Distinguished Researcher Award of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation in 2013. Additionally he is member of the scoping group land degradation and restoration of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) (UNEP-UNESCO-FAO-UNDP), and involved in several other commissions inside and outside the Netherlands.

Courses and Programs taught by Coen J. Ritsema