I’m a data translator

Today, it is impossible to tell your stories without visualising your data. With the rise of Big Data, you want to uncover meaningful value from all the information you gather. Data visualisation is an art of turning numbers into useful knowledge. This art will let you make quick and precise decisions.

But the numbers need to be accurate as well. Right now I’m doing a PhD on using remote sensing to find irrigated agriculture in Mozambique. This is my way of exploring the validity of the numbers.

Where I’ve been

I’m Timon Weitkamp, a lacrosse player, drummer, traveler, and if I have time to spare, I work. I was born in Zambia and have lived in a couple of places between Lusaka and the Victoria Falls. Before starting high school in the Netherlands (where I’m originally from) I also lived in Turkey for a couple of years. In 2011 I started my university career, at Wageningen University, as a student of Land and Water Management. After receiving my BSc I continued with a double degree MSc in Irrigation &Water Management and Geo-Information Sciences (GIS).

Living and visiting all these different cultures, getting to know many people during my studies and seeing many landscapes have unconsciously formed my interests. My last project in high school was about regreening the desert for example, and my studies were about soil & water conservation and degradation, irrigation and how people interact with these issues. I also decided that maps were interesting and a perfect way of showing information.

By the end of my studies I learnt coding in R, and learnt about the power of visualising data. Of course, maps are powerfull tools, but graphs can be equally powerfull if presented in the right way. The volume of data is ever-increasing, and visualisation can tell stories of thousands of words. You could almost say it’s an art to turn numbers into useful information.

What I want to achieve

My 7 years of studying can be summeries into a few words: I know how to water plants, and how to map this. This is the perfect foundation for my PhD, which combines both aspects. Part of the job is also doing relevant work outside of the direct scope of the PhD, so if you need somebody to make maps of your agriculture, I’m your man!

What I do

These are som of the topics I work on. You know where to find me (through this link šŸ˜‰ if you need me:

  • Increasing water use efficiency and productivity by as many actors as possible (including nature);
  • Visualising this water availability and productivity through maps to build useful water balances and increase its availability where possible;
  • Prevent and reverse the degradation of natural resources;
  • Visualising data in R;
  • Combining all of these aspects in rshiny apps

My interests lie in combining water, society and agriculture, mainly through topics such as vegetation or crop monitoring, preventing erosion and degradation, glaciers, irrigation efficiency, productivity, and rainwater harvesting.

Not sure where to start yet after reaching this point? You can start with some examples of my work. Check this out: Coffee!.

If you found this page because of lacrosse, then this is where you need to be: BOX