prof.dr. F.D. van der Meer (Freek)


About Me

Since April, 1 2020, I serve as Dean of the Faculty Geo-information and Earth Observation (ITC).

As professor I am focusing on geothermal energy and earth resources specialized in the use of spectroscopic techniques and hyperspectral remote sensing. My education and research focuses on the Energy Transition.



Earth & Environmental Sciences
Infrared Spectroscopy
Near Infrared
Remote Sensing
Engineering & Materials Science
Remote Sensing

Ancillary Activities

  • Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
    Head of Delegation for ITC as a Participating Organisation to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
  • VSNU - Universiteiten van Nederland
    Landelijke werkgroep Leven Lang Ontwikkelen
  • European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU)
    Vice President Education and Vice President Research representing UT
  • Brazilian Geological Society
    editorial board member Brazilian Journal of Geology
  • Springer-Nature
    editor in chief remote sensing and digital image processing
  • 4TU
    Board Member 4tu.re Resilience Engineering Center
  • Massey University and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (New Zealand)
    Scientific Advisory Committee to a research programme of Massey University (New Zealand)


My research focuses on the use of earth observation data primarily hyperspectral data for exploration of geothermal systems and for the longterm monitoring of such systems and their response to natural and external drivers. This work contributes to the energy transition. I also work on other earth resources such as raw materials and oil and gas.


Semedi, J. M., Nurlambang, T., Koestoer, R. H. , & van der Meer, F. D. (2021). Local values due to geothermal development progress: an ecosystem services mapping approach. 1-7. Paper presented at World Geothermal Congress 2020+1, Reykjavik, Iceland. https://pangea.stanford.edu/ERE/db/WGC/Schedule.php
Scafutto, R. , van der Werff, H. M. A. , Bakker, W. H. , van der Meer, F. D., & de Souza Filho, R. (2021). Assessing scientific and industry grade SWIR airborne imaging spectrometers for CH4 mapping. In 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (IGARSS) (pp. 1871-1874). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS47720.2021.9554544
Kamps, O. M. (2021). Mars in multi-dimensions: A global geological survey. University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036551427
Saepuloh, A. , Hecker, C., Beekman, F. , van der Meer, F. D., van Wees, J. D., Suryantini , Den Hartog - Muharamiah, T., & Daud, Y. (2020). Modern ways of exploring geothermal resources in Indonesia and the Netherlands to boost the Energy Transition: Geothermal exploration methods. s1-s41. Week of Indonesia Netherlands Education and Research, WINNER 2020.
Madirisha, M. M. , Lievens, C. , Hack, H. R. G. K. , & van der Meer, F. D. (2020). Bio-corrosion and acid stimulation in geothermal operations: abstract + presentation. 1 + s1-s24. Abstract from 3rd International Tanzania Energy Platform Conference 2020, Zanzibar, Tanzania, United Republic of.
Chattoraj, S. L., Prasad, G., Sharma, R. U., Champati Ray, P. K. , Van Der Meer, F. D., Guha, A., & Pour, A. B. (2020). Integration of remote sensing, gravity and geochemical data for exploration of Cu-mineralization in Alwar basin, Rajasthan, India. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 91, 1-12. [102162]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2020.102162

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I teach geological remote sensing, spectral geology and spectroscopy and offer a project on energy transition.

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I am involved currently as Project Leader and Project Director in projects on geothermal energy in Indonesia, Tanzania, Kenya and New Zealand.

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC (building no. 75), room 1-174
Hengelosestraat 99
7514AE  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC  1-174
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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