Ir. Mathieu Depoorter

Mathieu Depoorter is specialized in remote sensing, climate extremes, global vegetation, mass budget of Antarctica, ice shelves, ice-ocean interactions.


Mathieu Depoorter is a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Water and Forest Management (LWFM) working on the SAT-EX focusing and the global impacts of hydrological and climatic extremes on vegetation. His interest go into geo- and climate sciences. His research interests ranges from the study of the Cryosphere and its dynamics with a particular focus on the polar regions, to the study of the effect of climate extremes on vegetation. The common thread in his work is the use of satellite remote sensing methods at a large scale. Hi has obtained his bachelor degree from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), its masters degree from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and its PhD from Bristol University.


  • 2014-present  Posdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Water and Forest Management (LWFM), Universiteit Gent (Ugent), SAT-EX project.
  • 2011-2015      PhD Student at Bristol Glaciology center, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, ‘Mass balance investigation of Antarctica from budget methods’. Funded by EU FP7 ice2sea project and NERC DTA.
  • 2009-2011      Research assistant, Laboratoire de Glaciologie, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
  • 2007-2009      MSc Degree in Physical Geography, 2007-09, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
  • 2004-2007      BSc Degree in Geographical Studies, 2004-07, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
  • 2005-2007      Minor Degree in Philosophical Studies, 2005-07, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Ongoing and past projects

  • SAT–EX (belspo) – Global impacts of hydrological and climatic extremes on vegetation (2014–2018)
  • Ice2sea (EU FP7) – Estimating the future contribution of continental ice to sea-level rise (2009-2013)
  • BELISSIMA (belspo) – BELgian Ice Sheet-Shelf Measurements in Antarctica (2009-2011)

Selected publications