Irina Overeem

Irina Overeem CV

Fellow, Associate Professor

  • Associate Professor


  • Ph.D.: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, 2002
  • M.Sc.: Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 1996
  • B.Sc.: Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 1993

Contact Information

(Office) 303 492-6631
Sustainability Energy and Environment Complex
4001 Discovery Dr.
Boulder, CO 80303 USA


Earth surface process modeling; Coastal and river geomorphology; Sedimentary geology; Civil engineering and applied earth sciences.

Research Interests

Numerical modeling of river and coastal processes; Sedimentary systems; Polar regions


My long-term research goal is to develop predictive surface process models, which form a tool to quantify responses of the Earth system to changing environmental conditions. I have a keen interest in using field studies to critically assess model performance. I have special interest and concern for remote and pristine regions of the world. The fact that global changes are amplified in high-latitude stresses the importance of working in these regions for a global understanding of the changing environment. Current research projects involve Sedimentary processes in Fjord environments, and Floodplain Sedimentation. I have interest in Greenlandic Rivers and their response to Greenland Ice Sheet Melt, and in Arctic Coastal Erosion mostly applied to the Beaufort Sea Coast.

Additionally,  I work at the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS), where our team promotes the modeling of surface processes by developing, supporting, and disseminating integrated software modules that predict fluxes of water, sediment and nutrients in landscapes and their sedimentary basins. I am most involved in the ‘Coastal’ and ‘Education and Knowledge Transfer’ Working Groups.


  • Science Communication Fellowship, University of Colorado, 2015
  • National Oceanographic Partnership Program Award, NOPP, 2010
  • Outstanding Student Award, Vrijvrouwe van Renswoude, The Netherlands, 1996
  • Tropenfonds , Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 1994
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Irina Overeem,Ben Hudson,Jaia Syvitski,Mikkelsen, A. B.,Hasholt, B.,van der Broeke, M. R.,Noël, B. P. Y.,Morlighem, M, 2017: Substantial export of suspended sediment to the global oceans from glacial erosion in Greenland. Nature Geoscience, 10: 859-863. DOI: 10.1038/ngeo3046

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Teaching Statement

I have always greatly enjoyed sharing my enthusiasm for the Earth Sciences. As a teacher I want to inspire, provide opportunities and empower. I see science as a process that highlights questioning, discovery, challenge, and synthesis towards solution. For me, science and engineering is all about investigating the world around oneself, and drawing conclusions based on a combination of collected data, hypotheses, and thorough analysis. If that can happen in the field, all for the better! I strive to pass along an exciting view of science, as well as a firm footing in methodologies and quantitative reasoning.


Excursion on Reservoir Geology in Spain

Sandbox experiments to teach about the effects of vegetation on river deposition


Current Courses

  • : River and Coastal System Modeling Two day short course on numerical modeling with a variety of models, teach this every summer for about 30 US and International students in the National Center for Earth Dynamics Summer Institute, University of Minnesota.

Past Courses

Postdocs & Students