Benjamin Campforts

Benjamin Campforts

Postdoctoral Scholar

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Numerical simulation of earth surface processes, land-atmosphere interactions, model-data assimilation strategies


I am an earth scientist specialized in the development of numerical models and model-data assimilation strategies. I am involved in projects focusing on the human – land – atmosphere nexus addressing scientific challenges including:

  • Understanding, quantifying and predicting pathways of sediment in a source-to-sink framework
  • Evolution of Earth's surface over geological timescales (tectonic mountain ranges and volcanoes)
  • The impact of mass movements on landscape evolution and sediment pathways
  • Learning from past landscape evolution to predict future hazard risk (landslides under a changing cliamte)
  • Evolution of Earth’s surface during the Anthropocene (soil formation, transport and deposition) and its implications for environmental sustainability
  • Transport mechanisms and mass movements in the arctic under a changing climate

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Benjamin Campforts, Shobe, C. M., Steer, P., Vanmaercke, M., Lague, D., Braun, J. 2020: HyLands 1.0: A hybrid landscape evolution model to simulate the impact of landslides and landslide-derived sediment on landscape evolution. Geoscientific Model Development, 13(9): 3863-3886. DOI: 10.5194/gmd-13-3863-2020 OA paper (16 MB)

Benjamin Campforts, Vanacker, V., Herman, F., Vanmaercke, M., Schwanghart, W., Tenorio, G., Willems, P., Govers, G. 2020: Parameterization of river incision models requires accounting for environmental heterogeneity: Insights from the tropical Andes. Earth Surface Dynamics, 8(2): 447-470. DOI: 10.5194/esurf-8-447-2020 OA paper (8 MB)

Brosens, L., Benjamin Campforts, Robinet, J., Vanacker, V., Opfergelt, S., Ameijeiras‐Mariño, Y., Minella, J. P. G., Govers, G. 2020: Slope gradient controls soil thickness and chemical weathering in subtropical Brazil: Understanding rates and timescales of regional soilscape evolution through a combination of field data and modeling. Journal of Geophysical Research—Earth Surface, 125(6): e2019JF005321. DOI: 10.1029/2019JF005321

Jelinski, N. A., Benjamin Campforts, Willenbring, J. K., Schumacher, T. E., Li, S., Lobb, D. A., Papiernik, S. K., Yoo, K. 2019: Meteoric beryllium‐10 as a tracer of erosion due to postsettlement land use in west‐central Minnesota, USA. Journal of Geophysical Research—Earth Surface, 124: 874-901. DOI: 10.1029/2018JF004720

Benjamin Campforts, Schwanghart, W., Govers, G. 2017: Accurate simulation of transient landscape evolution by eliminating numerical diffusion: The TTLEM 1.0 model. Earth Surface Dynamics, 5: 47-66. DOI: 10.5194/esurf-5-47-2017

Benjamin Campforts, Vanacker, V., Vanderborght, J., Baken, S., Smolders, E., Govers, G. 2016: Simulating the mobility of meteoric 10Be in the landscape through a coupled soil-hillslope model (Be2D). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 439: 143-157. DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.01.017

Benjamin Campforts, Govers, G. 2015: Keeping the edge: A numerical method that avoids knickpoint smearing when solving the stream power law. Journal of Geophysical Research—Earth Surface, 120: 1189-1205. DOI: 10.1002/2014JF003376

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