Water Engineering & Management (WEM)

The two chair groups “Water Management” and “Marine and Fluvial Systems” cooperate under the umbrella of “Water Engineering & Management”. Our mission is to do research and provide education in the areas of water systems and management. The aim is to increase our understanding of the natural processes in water systems and the socio-economic processes that affect these systems, and to develop tools that can effectively be used to support the management of rivers, river basins, seas and coastal zones.

In our view, water-related problems such as flooding, water scarcity, pollution and ecological deterioration can only be solved through a multi-disciplinary approach, which involves both knowledge of engineering and expertise from the natural, social and policy sciences.

Chair groups

- Water Management (prof.dr.ir. Arjen Y. Hoekstra)

- Marine and Fluvial Systems (prof.dr. Suzanne J.M.H. Hulscher)

Latest news

Pieter Roos Civil Engineering teacher of the year

For the 3rd year in row, UT civil engineering students voted Pieter Roos as teacher of the year. Pieter teaches the course ‘Mathematical Physics for Water Systems’ ... read more

Announcement MSc colloquium Nikolaos Alavantas (14 April)

On the 14th of April, Nikolaos Alavantas will present the results of his MSc graduation research entitled ‘Modelling the behaviour of infragravity waves in a 2-dimensional domain’. ... read more

Climate change impacts & anthropogenic threats affect mangroves’ adaptive capacity

Erik Horstman, Marjolein Dohmen-Janssen, Tjeerd Bouma and Suzanne Hulscher recently published the results of a study combining field observations and numerical simulations of hydro- and sediment dynamics in mangroves. ... read more

New PhD research project on blue water scarcity

Through NWO’s call The New Delta, the application for a PhD position was accepted for funding! ... read more

Announcement symposium river dunes (18th June)

On the 18th of June, the Water Engineering and Management department organizes a symposium on river dune morphology. The symposium concludes with the PhD defense of Olav van Duin. More information is forthcoming. ... read more

WEM researchers attending NCK Days

On 19 and 20 March, a large group of WEM staff members and students attended the annual NCK Days (organized by Rijkswaterstaat). This year’s conference was held at Camperduin, and the recently constructed dune area at the former Hondsbossche Zeewering was one of the major topics. ... read more

Wind of different spatial structure excites different resonance peaks

W.L. Chen, P.C. Roos, S.J.M.H. Hulscher (UT-WEM) and Henk Schuttelaars (TU Delft) published a paper on the resonance properties of a closed rotating rectangular basin subject to space- and time-dependent wind forcing. ... read more

Construction of retention basins in tidal channels affects tidal range

Pieter Roos (UT-WEM) and Henk Schuttelaars (TU Delft) published a paper on the effects of retention basins in tidal channels. Using an idealized model, they explain how the tidal range will increase or decrease, depending on the properties of the basin (geometry, location), channel and the adjacent sea ... read more