Dr. ir. M. (Marcel) Kleinherenbrink


Marcel is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing. He obtained his doctoral degree in 2018 on sea-level change and vertical land motion using various in-situ and geodetic remote-sensing data. After the doctoral research, Marcel got involved in advanced satellite radar altimetry data processing over inland water, coastal zones and open ocean. His current work focusses on performance studies and retrieval algorithms for ocean geophysical parameters of the Earth Explorer 10 candidate mission Harmony.


Marcel combines his work on Harmony with novel methods in satellite radar altimetry data processing. Marcel investigates novel retrieval methods for high-resolution wind stress, ocean current and ocean-wave spectra by modelling Harmony’s observations over complex scenarios. Expertise gained in this area is also transferred to high-resolution SAR altimetry for which he supports several PhD candidates.

(Key) publications

Collard, F., Marie, L., Nouguier, F., Kleinherenbrink, M., Ehlers, F., & Ardhuin, F. (2022). Wind-wave attenuation under sea ice in the Arctic: a review of remote sensing capabilities, JGR: Oceans, 127(7), e2022JC018654, doi:10.1029/2022JC018654.

Altiparmaki, O., Kleinherenbrink, M., Naeije, M., Slobbe, C., & Visser, P. (2022). SAR altimetry data as a new source for swell monitoring. Geophysical Research Letters, 49(7), e2021GL096224, doi:10.1029/2021GL096224.

Kleinherenbrink, M., Korosov, A., Newman, T., Theodosiou, A., Komarov, A. S., Li, Y., Mulder, G., Rampal, P., Stroeve, J., & Lopez-Dekker, P. (2021). Estimating instantaneous sea-ice dynamics from space using the bi-static radar measurements of Earth Explorer 10 candidate Harmony. The Cryosphere, 15(7), 3101-3118, doi:10.5194/tc-15-3101-2021.

Kleinherenbrink, M., Naeije, M., Slobbe, C., Egido, A., & Smith, W. (2020). The performance of CryoSat-2 fully-focussed SAR for inland water-level estimation. Remote Sensing of Environment, 237, 111589, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2019.111589.

Kleinherenbrink, M., Riva, R., & Scharroo, R. (2019). A revised acceleration rate from the altimetry-derived global mean sea level record. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1-6, doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-47340-z.

Kleinherenbrink, M., Riva, R., & Frederikse, T. (2018). A comparison of methods to estimate vertical land motion trends from GNSS and altimetry at tide gauge stations. Ocean Science, 14(2), 187-204, doi:10.5194/os-14-187-2018.

Full list: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/M-Kleinherenbrink

Marcel Kleinherenbink

Postdoctoral researcher