Irina Overeem (she/her)

Irina Overeem (she/her) CV

Associate Professor

  • Deputy Director, CSDMS

Departments / Academic Programs


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

Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Contact Information

(Office) 303 492-6631
Sustainability Energy and Environment Complex
4001 Discovery Dr.
Boulder, CO 80303 USA
Department of Geological Sciences
2200 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80309
Office N246C


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 am the Deputy Director of 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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