VanderSat is very proud to have a new doctor on board. On October 18 our colleague Robin van der Schalie successfully defended his PhD thesis at the VU University Amsterdam. The past 3 years Robin worked on a methodology to implement new satellite information in the existing soil moisture climate data record. This work resulted in a series of papers which were all published in high ranked scientific Journals. The international PhD jury was unanimous in their verdict and very positive about Robin’s public defense.