Dr. Ronald P. Daanen
Department of Natural Resources
Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS)
3354 College Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709
I'm a dutch cold climate hydrologist working on permafrost and vadose zone physical, chemical and biological processes. I'm married and have twins. The twins are born in Germany where my wife is from. We spend 7 years in Minnesota where I received my PhD. We moved to Alaska in 2004, one week before the worst smoke season on record. Despite the smoke, we like Alaska very much so we decided to design and build our energy efficient home with a view of the Alaska Range and Denali.
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Cold climate vadose zone hydrology, with biological (vegetation and microbial interactions), physical (coupled heat and moisture transfer with phase change), and chemical (redox processes and plant nutrition) interactions. Current research is on small scale modeling of non-sorted circle ecosystems dynamics in the Arctic Tundra. Large scale simulations of spatially distributed permafrost energy balances in Greenland and Alaska, with future scenarios of climate warming. More information can be found here Greenland Permafrost also our collaborators in Denmark at Greenland Climate (in Danish), and on the Alaska Peatland Experiment (www.apex.msu.edu). Permafrost slope stability becomes a very important problem in a warming Arctic, check out the study on Frozen Debris Lbes.
Frozen Debris lobes in the Brooks Range (Alaska EPSCoR Grant) Ronald P. Daanen and G. Grosse
Publication: Daanen, R.P., Grosse, G., Darrow, M.M., Hamilton, T.D. and Jones, B.M. (2012) Rapid movement of frozen debris-lobes: implications for permafrost degradation and slope instability in the south-central Brooks Range, Alaska. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 12(5), 1521-1537.
Recent and future permafrost variability, retreat and degradation in Greenland and Alaska: An integrated approach NSF Grant ARC 0612533 Scientific personel J. H. Christensen, M. Stendel (Danish Meteorological Institute), V. Romanovsky, J. Walsh (University of Alaska Fairbanks), K. H. Svendsen (Asiaq), N. Foged (Byg-DTU)
Publication: Daanen, R.P., Ingeman-Nielsen, T., Marchenko, S.S., Romanovsky, V.E., Foged, N., Stendel, M., Christensen, J.H. and Hornbech Svendsen, K. (2011) Permafrost degradation risk zone assessment using simulation models. The Cryosphere 5(4), 1043-1056.
2013- present Geohydrologist, AKDNR-DGGS, Fairbanks.
2011- 2013 Research Assistant Professor, Institute of Northern Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
2009- 2011 Research Associate, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
2005-2009 Post Doctoral Fellow, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
2004-2005 Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Geological Engineering University of Alaska Fairbanks.
1997-2004 Research Assistant, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Minnesota.
2004 PhD Water Resource Science; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.
1997 MA Agricultural Engineering; Wageningen University, Wageningen, NL.
1994 BA Environmental Engineering; Van Hall Instituut, Groningen, NL.
1991 AS Horticultural Education; ‘t Vanck, Nijmegen, NL.
Reviewer, Peer Review Journals (2006-present).
Reviewer, National Science Foundation proposals (2009-present).
Reviewer, International Conference on Permafrost (2008-present).
Belyy Ostrov, Russia: to study vegetation in relation to ground temperatures (2009).
North Slope, Alaska: to study permafrost, active layer and snow (2005-2009).
Banks, Prince Patrick and Ellef Rigness Island, Canadian Archipelago: to study patterned ground features and their relation to ground temperature and hydrology (2003-2006).
Undergraduate and graduate students (2005-present)
Laboratory technician (2008-present).
Development of hydrological models on a high-performance computing platform, the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (2004-2009).
Programming in Fortran (1996).
Visualization of scientific data in a three-dimensional immersive environment (2005-2007).
Design and development
Automation of drainage and irrigation system, Alaskan Peatland Experiment (2006).
Development and operation of data acquisition systems in extremely cold climate (1998-present).
Design and implementation of waste-water treatment systems (2002-2004).
Design and implementation of agricultural drainage systems (2002-2004).
American Geophysical Union, (2005-present).
US Permafrost Association (2006-present).
Permafrost Young Researchers Network (2007-present).
International Permafrost Association (2009-present).
Macheel, C.A., R.P.Daanen, D. Misra, A.D. McGuire, M.R. Turetsky, J.M. Waddington, E. Kane. 2010. Thermo- and Hydrodynamic Simulation of Variably Saturated Flow in Northern Latitude Peatlands. Paper presented at 2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 20 - June 23, 2010.
Stendel, M., J. H. Christensen , G. Adalgeirsdottir, A. Rinke, H. Matthes, S. Marchenko, R.P. Daanen and V.E. Romanovsky. 2010. Very high resolution regional climate simulations on the 4 km scale as a basis for carbon balance assessments in northeast European Russia. EGU, Vienna, Austria.
Daanen, R.P., T., Ingeman-Nielsen, V.E. Romanovsky, S. Marchenko, M. Stendel, J, Hesjelberg Christensen, N. Fogged, 2010. From Permafrost Degradation Projection to Prediction. Poster presented at the International Polar Year Conference, Oslo, Norway. Poster
Daanen, R.P., W. Cable, G.Grosse, V.E. Romanovsky, R.Muskett, 2010. Laser scanning of a small patterned ground system. Poster presented at the International Polar Year Conference, Oslo, Norway. Poster
Daanen, R.P., W. Cable, G.Grosse, V.E. Romanovsky, R.Muskett, 2010. Laser scanning of a small patterned ground system. Poster presented at the Third European Conference on Permafrost, Longyearbyn, Svalbard, Norway. Poster
Daanen, R.P. and J.L. Nieber, 2009. Simulation of liquid water distribution in snow, Cold Regions Engineering Conference, Duluth MN. Presentation
Daanen, R.P., T., Ingeman-Nielsen, V.E. Romanovsky, S. Marchenko, M. Stendel, J, Hesjelberg Christensen, N. Fogged, 2009. Permafrost Degradation Risk Zone Assessment using Simulation Models. Poster presentation at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, California.
Macheel, C.A., R.P.Daanen, A.D. McGuire, D. Misra, M.R. Turetsky, J. Harden. Numerical Simulations of Variably Saturated Flow with Energy and Water Phase Change in Northern Latitude Peatlands. Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists Annual Meeting, 2009. Abstract Presentation
Macheel, C. R.P. Daanen, Misra, D., M. Waddington, M. Turetsky, D. McGuire, 2009. Application of in situ measurements to characterize moisture and thermal dynamics in organic soils. Poster presentation at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, California.
Daanen, R.P., M. Darrow, G. Grosse, 2008. Lobate Debris Flows in the Brooks Range. Poster presentation at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, California.
Carl Brehm, N. R.P. Daanen, E. Kane, K. Shea, M. Waddington, M. Turetsky, D. Misra, D. McGuire, 2008. Summer ground heat flux under a manipulated water table of a wetland in interior Alaska. Poster presentation at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, California.
Daanen, R.P., V.E. Romanovsky, D.A. Walker, M. LaDouceur, 2008 High Resolution, Surface and Subsurface, Survey of a Non-sorted Circle System. Poster at the Ninth International Conference On Permafrost NICOP, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Daanen, R.P., V.E. Romanovsky, S. Marchenko, M. Stendel, J, Hesjelberg Christensen, T. Ingeman-Nielsen, N. Fogged, 2008. Greenland Permafrost Temperature Simulations. Poster at the Ninth International Conference On Permafrost NICOP, fairbanks, Alaska.