Tim Van de Voorde

Postdoctoral Researcher in Cartography and GIS

Senior researchers Cartography and GIS (CGIS) Ecology & Environment
  • Current position Postdoctoral Researcher in Cartography and GIS
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Geography
    Room M 005 (VSOA)
    Pleinlaan 2
    1050 Brussels, Belgium
  • Phone +32-2-629 21 97
  • E-mail
  • Website we.vub.ac.be

In Tim’s research, remote sensing, spatial analysis and GIS techniques are used to help cities meet the challenges they face posed by rapid urbanisation, unplanned growth and global environmental change.

His work strives to combine aspects of both fundamental and applied research while addressing societal challenges, supporting policy development and including valorisation. Tim has developed methods and applications to map urban green infrastructure, monitor and model land-use change, urban growth and the resulting environmental impacts. This includes, for example, forecasting the spatial impact of alternative planning scenarios for strategic environmental impact assessment, improving hydrological models that predict runoff in urban watersheds to assess flood risk, and developing indicators of urban vegetation abundance and accessibility of urban green spaces.

Tim’s expertise includes:

  • Urban green infrastructure and ecosystem services
  • Urban remote sensing
  • Sub-pixel classification of medium resolution satellite data
  • Land-use change models
  • Geographic information systems
  • Python, ArcGIS and open-source GIS solutions
  • Machine-learning approaches in remote-sensing based image classification

Key publications

Van de Voorde, T., van der Kwast, J., Poelmans, L., Canters, F, Binard, M., Cornet, Y., Engelen, G., Uljee, I., Shahumyan, H., Williams, B., Convery, S., Lavalle, C. (2016). Projecting alternative urban growth patterns: The development and application of a remote sensing assisted calibration framework for the Greater Dublin Area. Ecological Indicators, 60: 1056−1069. (5y IF = 3.384)

Verbeiren, B., Van de Voorde, T., Canters, F., Binard, M., Cornet, Y., Batelaan, O. (2013). Assessing urbanisation effects on rainfall-runoff using a remote sensing supported modelling strategy. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 21: 92−102. (5y IF = 2.329)

Van de Voorde, T., Jacquet, W., Canters, F. (2011). Mapping form and function in urban areas: An approach based on urban metrics and continuous impervious surface data. Landscape and Urban Planning, 102: 143−155. (5y IF = 3.101)

Van de Voorde, T., Vlaeminck, J., Canters, F. (2008). Comparing different approaches for mapping urban vegetation cover from Landsat ETM+ data: A case study on Brussels, Sensors, 8: 3880−3902. (5y IF = 2.060)

Van de Voorde, T., De Genst, W., Canters, F. (2007). Improving pixel-based VHR land-cover classifications of urban areas with post-classification techniques. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 73: 1017−1027. (5y IF = 1.727)