Dr Baas specializes in aeolian geomorphology, with research spanning a range of spatio-temporal scales:
1) Physics of aeolian sediment transport: formation and behavior of aeolian streamers and their impact on spatio-temporal transport variability, transport models and field measurements; interaction between turbulence and transport, resolving methodological and conceptual differences between aerodynamics, meteorology and aeolian geomorphology; application of non-linear dynamics, self-organization concepts, entropy and information theory in sediment transport.
2) Vegetation and sediment transport: interactions between vegetation and transport in coastal and arid landscapes; response of ecotopes to burial and erosion; modeling of coastal foredune evolution; management implications.
3) Models of landscape development: application of non-linear dynamics and self-organization to models of dune landscapes in coastal and arid environments; testing models using morphological quantification; fundamental issues in modeling and uniting process and form in geomorphology.
Underlying and supporting the above research efforts is an overall interest in novel instrumentation (e.g. Safires) and techniques for field measurement and data analysis (e.g. wavelet analysis).
Visit: www.aeoliangeomorphology.org for more details.