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Welcome to my internet home. Here you find information related to my professional life at the Faculty of Geoinformation Sciences and Earth Observation. Besides information on my research interests and educational activities you will find blog items on my travels and running as well as my activities as President of the International Cartographic Association.


Above NL in 2017

Posted by kraak in the category Travels

Ever wanted to know how you circle above your airport? Here are my flight from and to AMS for 2017 till today. Flightpaths downloaded from Map made with Tableau. Read more

ICC2017 Washington DC

Posted by kraak in the category ICA

The first week of July was one of the highlights of the year. The International Cartographic Association gathered with nearly thousand colleagues in Washington DC for their 28 International Cartographic Conference. I was my first conference ‘to chair’ as a president of… Read more

ICC2017 Orienteering

Posted by kraak in the category ICA

The 2017ICC orienteering race took place under very wet conditions in Fountainhead Regional Park, about 40 km south-east of Washington DC. During the race small streams required high wading and bridges disappeared. The 3km race with ten controls took me nearly 52… Read more


Posted by kraak in the category Running

This is my most remote run ever. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is located even beyond Siberia. Only 3.5 km, because after full day travel over ten time zone you can feel better. Read more


Posted by kraak in the category Running

A short run along the beach only, because of the limited time between sun-rise and departure for work… Read more

ICA SDG posters lead the way

Posted by kraak in the category ICA

During the second week of May, the conference organization of AGILE, Wageningen (NL) used the ICA Sustainable Development Goals posters to guide the participants to move between the two conference locations. Read more

Last August the posters created by ICA’s Commissions on the Sustainable Development Goals were on exhibit in the conferences area in United Nations Headquarters in New York. During the exhibition, we did get many comments. Most were positive, but also critical remarks were made. Read more


Posted by kraak in the category Running

Running in Venice before the crowd wakes up. Only an average of 6:23 per km because map reading in a maze while running is not always easy. Read more


Posted by kraak in the category Running

From Nice airport to Nice and back along the boulevard. Busy at places, but still 5:07 per km. Here there the tragic event took place on July 14 last year. Makes you think. Read more