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Next to the daily madness here are some things that keep me busy at the moment:

  • My visit to Japan, for which I was granted a JSPS fellowship,
  • Turning samples that we collected during our last cruise on board RRS James Cook into data,
  • Reviving the ISAR Newsletter,
  • Organising the 14th dust session for EGU2017,
  • Editorial work for the journals Aeolian Research and Quaternary International,
  • Supervising/supporting my colleagues Carmen, Laura and Michelle with finishing their PhDs....

The Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science granted me some money to come to Japan and work with Kana Nagashima and Prof Murayama on ODP cores. This photo was taken in Kamakura; as you can see I’m enjoying every minute of my time here!


Oops, she did it again.... Buoy Carmen was cut loose from her anchor off Cape Blanc. This time the FS Meteor with chief scientist Marcus Dengler came to the rescue and picked her up.


Lange Juni, a cultural and art festival on the island, introduced the term “Science-theater” for which we invited Jan van den Berg to come play his piece Oase about desert sand.


Kenniscafé Amsterdam organised an interactive evening about “the sea” and invited me to come and talk about dust. An offer I couldn’t refuse.....


Next to a few radio items, Gemma Venhuizen also wrote a really nice piece in the national newspaper NRC Handelsblad.


During cruise JC134 we had another journalist with us: Gemma Venhuizen. She made a few nice radio items, which you find here.


November 2015: The ITS Academy wanted to learn about the state-of-the-art of marine research and organised an afternoon of talks and practical lab work at the VU Amsterdam. My intention was to get to know potential teachers that would join our next cruise: JC134

August 2015: It was decided to present all this dusty knowledge in a series of online lectures, which you can attend here.


In preparation for our 2015 DUSTTRAFFIC cruise onboard RV Pelagia, some pupils of the Texel high school learned all about the environmental impacts of dust deposition while decorating foam cups that we were going to lower to 5000m. They had to guess what would happen to the cups....

2014-10-08 Ware Wetenschap

The Dutch national newspaper “De Volkskrant” selected 12 lines of scientific research they were going to report on for an extended period: here is one of their nice pieces on our dusty research.


Also the invitation to come and talk for a KIJK-Live event, in the Beurs van Berlage, I could not resist.....


January 2014: the Texelse Natuurstruners came to visit again! This time we did a lot of COOL experiments with ice.....


Ronald Veldhuizen joined our cruise DUSTTRAFFIC II and wrote quite a lot of nice pieces about it! Here is one of those articles he wrote for the website Wetenschap24.

August 2013: (prototype) buoy Carmen had escaped from its anchor. Fortunately, our colleagues from INDP in Mindelo came to the rescue and picked Carmen up. Although there were a lot of known initial problems, the dust collection went quite all right and we harvested some nice dusty filters!


The fellows of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences would like to hear about my ERC plans.


9 January 2013; the “Nature lovers” IVN Texel  have invited me to come talk about dust; an invitation I don’t easily turn down!


Don’t miss this week’s FLEX lecture at the VU; Michelle and me will tell all our adventures we had on board FS Meteor during cruise M89!!


May 2012: Yay, I got both the NWO- and ERC grants to monitor Saharan dust across the Atlantic!!!


March 2012: 18 Texelse (natuur-)Struners came by to learn all about (not only sea-)water.

The June 2011 edition of “Bessensap”, where media meet scientists was a fun experience and a big challenge: how to pitch your research in the difficult balance between simplicity and truth. This all in five minutes....


February 2011: The public lecture on dust in Science Cafe Deventer was great fun! Excellent to notice how many people are actually interested in science; the house was full! ....or maybe the band was that good...

Organising a session “Late Quaternary climate trends: expression and causation” for the XVIII INQUA meeting, 21 - 27 July in Bern, Switzerland. We got a great number of abstracts together with very interesting speakers and presentations!


We organised a “dusty session” for the EGU general assembly, 3 - 8 April in Vienna, Austria
We (Peter Knippertz & me) received 32 abstracts for our session and it was a great one again with many interesting presentations from the whole range of disciplines that deal with dust.

Our Nature paper is out! Click here for the press release (NL or UK) Nature does not permit to publish the PDF, but the proof is allowed. Otherwise use the doi to find the original paper:

Ivecou_sandstorm Aug 2006
Click to go to S2010 website

Setting up a special in Quaternary International after the Southern-Connections 2010 meeting, Bariloche, Argentina, 15-19 February 2010. Session: "Controversies in the Quaternary of the Southern Hemisphere"  Click ~here for the call for papers.
And/or visit the SC2010 website for more info.

Dust storms in Australia.
Due to the drying up of Lake Eyre that was full (austral) autumn 2009, Australia was suffering from heavy dust loads in (austral) spring. See e.g., this news item on the Dutch television, and many more on the web.

As there was a LOT of rain in Queensland in February-March 2010, but as 2010 is a strong La Niña year, there was even more rain in Lake Eyre in spring: no dust

click to dusty film on this site