Prof.dr.ir. B.J.H. (Bas) van de Wiel

Profile

Bas van de Wiel is Antoni van Leeuwenhoek-professor in “Atmospheric Physics” at the department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing, faculty of Civil Engineering. In 2015 I joined GRS starting an ERC-Consolidator project after having fulfilled positions at Wageningen University (-2010) and Eindhoven Technical University (with nwo-VIDI; 2010-2015).

I have a broad interest in environmental fluid mechanics and atmospheric physics. In particular physical transport phenomena in turbulent, stratified flows fascinate me through their dynamical richness. I like to convey my enthusiasm for research via various lectures related to physical transport phenomena.

Research

We study atmospheric boundary layers under thermal stratification. The so-called ‘cold case’ is of particular interest, as it is poorly represented by present generation weather- and climate models (leading to large forecast errors in arctic/winter). Our team combines in-depth theoretical work with various numerical modelling approaches and analysis of atmospheric observations from various experimental sites.  Research relevance for: fog/frost prediction, agricultural applications, traffic safety, climate research, wind energy predictions and air pollution modelling. 

Key publications

  • B. J. H. Van de Wiel, E. Vignon, P. Baas, I. G. S. Van Hooijdonk, S. J. A. van der Linden, J. A. van Hooft, F. C. Bosveld, S. R. de Roode, A. F. Moene, C. Genthon, 2017: Regime transition in near-surface temperature inversions: a conceptual model., J. Atmos. Sci., 74, 1057-1073, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JAS-D-16-0180.1
  • -E. Vignon , B. J. H. van de Wiel, I. G. S. van Hooijdonk, C. Genthon, S. J. van der Linden, J. A. van Hooft, W. Maurel, O. Traullée and G. Casasanta, 2017: Stable Boundary Layer regimes at Dome C, Antarctica.  Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/qj.2998
  • - Van Hooijdonk I. G. S, A. F. Moene, M. Scheffer, H. J. H. Clercx, F. C. Bosveld, and B. J. H. van de Wiel, (2016) Early Warning Signals for Regime Transition in the Stable Boundary Layer. Bound.-Layer Meteorology. doi:10.1007/s10546-016-0199-9
  • http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10546-016-0199-9
  • Holtslag, A.A.M., Svensson, G., Basu, S, Beare, B., Beljaars, A.C.M., Bosveld, F.C., Cuxart, J., Lindvall, J., Steeneveld, G.J., Tjernstroem, M & Wiel, B.J.H. van de (2013). Stable atmospheric boundary layers and diurnal cycles : challenges for weather and climate models. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 94, 1691-1706.
  • Wiel, B.J.H. van de, Moene, A.F., Steeneveld, G.J., Baas, P., Bosveld, F.C. & Holtslag, A.A.M. (2010). A conceptual view on inertial oscillations and nocturnal low-level jets. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 67(8), 2679-2689.

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Educational activities

Over the past my lecturing on BSc and MSc-level comprised a broad spectrum related to various aspects of environmental physics. From basic courses on Transport Physics, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Turbulent Transport Phenomena, and Dynamical Systems to more specific Meteorological Courses. Additional activities include supervision of graduate and undergraduate students as well as activities related to outreach and science popularization.

Educational activities

Over the past my lecturing on BSc and MSc-level comprised a broad spectrum related to various aspects of environmental physics. From basic courses on Transport Physics, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Turbulent Transport Phenomena, and Dynamical Systems to more specific Meteorological Courses. Additional activities include supervision of graduate and undergraduate students as well as activities related to outreach and science popularization.

Dense, stratified air visualized by presence of radiation fog (source: NOAA)

Simulation of turbulent/laminar air flow (DNS)

Student excursion at Cabauw observatory: explaining boundary layer physics

Bas van de Wiel

Professor

  • +31 15 27 89526
  • b.j.h.vandewiel@tudelft.nl
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
    Building 23
    Stevinweg 1 / PO box 5048
    2628 CN Delft / 2600 GA Delft
    Room number: 2.12

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