Dr. J.P. (Pepijn) Veefkind


Dr. Pepijn Veefkind is an expert in the field of satellite remote sensing of aerosols and trace gases. He is an active researcher in field of climate change and air quality. Pepijn is the Principal Investigator for the TROPOMI (Tropospheric Monitoring Instrument) on the Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite mission. Also he is the deputy PI for the OMI (Ozone Monitoring Instrument) on the NASA EOS Aura satellite. Pepijn is working at KNMI and also affiliated with the TU Delft.

Research theme

  • Atmosphere


The research interests of Pepijn Veefkind include remote sensing techniques for atmospheric composition observations, and the global trends in aerosols and trace gases, in relation to climate change and air quality. In additions he is interested in the development of new satellite missions.

Key publications

  • Belmonte Rivas, M., Veefkind, P., Boersma, F., Levelt, P., Eskes, H. and Gille, J.: Intercomparison of daytime stratospheric NO2 satellite retrievals and model simulations, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7(7), 2203–2225, doi:10.5194/amt-7-2203-2014, 2014.
  • Van Geffen, J. H. G. M., Boersma, K. F., Van Roozendael, M., Hendrick, F., Mahieu, E., De Smedt, I., Sneep, M. and Veefkind, J. P.: Improved spectral fitting of nitrogen dioxide from OMI in the 405-465 nm window, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 8(4), 1685–1699, doi:10.5194/amt-8-1685-2015, 2015.
  • Gonzalez, C. R., Veefkind, J. P. and de Leeuw, G.: Aerosol optical depth over Europe in August 1997 derived from ATSR‐2 data, Geophys. Res. Lett., 27(7), 955–958, 2000.
  • Levelt, P. F., Hilsenrath, E., Leppelmeier, G. W., Van Den Oord, G. H. J., Bhartia, P. K., Tamminen, J., de Haan, J. F. and Veefkind, J. P.: Science objectives of the ozone monitoring instrument, TGRS, 44(5), 1199–1208, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2006.872336, 2006.
  • Manney, G. L., Santee, M. L., Rex, M., Livesey, N. J., Pitts, M. C., Veefkind, P., Nash, E. R., Wohltmann, I., Lehmann, R., Froidevaux, L., Poole, L. R., et al.: Unprecedented Arctic ozone loss in 2011, Nature, 478(7370), 469–475, doi:10.1038/nature10556, 2011.
  • Veefkind, J. P., Aben, I., McMullan, K., Förster, H., de Vries, J., Otter, G., Claas, J., Eskes, H. J., de Haan, J. F., Kleipool, Q., van Weele, M., et al.: TROPOMI on the ESA Sentinel-5 Precursor: A GMES mission for global observations of the atmospheric composition for climate, air quality and ozone layer applications, Remote Sensing of Environment, 120, 70–83, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2011.09.027, 2012.
  • Veefkind, J. P., Boersma, K. F., Wang, J., Kurosu, T. P., Krotkov, N., Chance, K. and Levelt, P. F.: Global satellite analysis of the relation between aerosols and short-lived trace gases, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11(3), 1255–1267, 2011.
  • Veefkind, J. P., de Haan, J. F., Brinksma, E. J., Kroon, M. and Levelt, P. F.: Total ozone from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) using the DOAS technique, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 44(5), 1239–1244, 2006.
  • Veefkind, J. P., de Leeuw, G. and Durkee, P. A.: Retrieval of aerosol optical depth over land using two‐angle view satellite radiometry during TARFOX, Geophys. Res. Lett., 25(16), 3135–3138, doi:10.1029/98GL02264, 1998.
  • Veihelmann, B., Levelt, P. F., Stammes, P. and Veefkind, J. P.: Simulation study of the aerosol information content in OMI spectral reflectance measurements, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 7(12), 3115–3127, doi:10.5194/acp-7-3115-2007, 2007.

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Educational activities

Guiding students and PhD students


  • Tropospheric Monitoring Instrument
  • Ozone Monitoring Instrument

Pepijn Veefkind

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