Water Engineering & Management (WEM)

Plaatje overstroming

Plaatje tunnel

Fieldwork on the beach


The two chair groups “Water Management” and “Marine and Fluvial Systems” are part of the Twente Water Centre. 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

Announcement colloquium November-December

The performance of pedotransfer functions (PTFs) describing empirical relationships between easily obtainable soil characteristics and soil hydraulic parameters has been tested for the Upper Bengawan Solo catchment on Java, Indonesia. ... read more

New research project: BE SAFE

Promising Building with Nature (BwN) solutions for flood management, such as vegetated foreshores, inherently have a dynamic nature. Therefore there is a relatively large degree of uncertainty with respect to their contribution to flood protection. This hampers the implementation of vegetated foreshores in flood risk management in the Netherlands and abroad. ... read more

How to measure green water scarcity

What is green water? No, it is not water that is green of color. It is normal freshwater, but in a specific part of the hydrological cycle. Green water refers to the precipitation on land that does not run off or recharge the groundwater but is stored in the soil or temporarily stays on top of the soil or vegetation. Eventually, this water returns to the atmosphere through evapotranspiration from the soil and vegetation. ... read more

Analysis of hydrodynamics in Lake Naivasha (Kenya)

Lake Naivasha is a shallow endorheic lake in Kenya. This fresh water lake provides important ecosystem services but is threatened by a reducing water quality. ... read more

Global grey WF and water pollution levels related to N loads to fresh water

Crop yields have increased over the past decades, partly as a result of increased use of fertilizers. ... read more

Essential ingredients for sustainable water management

Jordan faces great internal water scarcity and pollution, conflict over trans-boundary waters, and strong dependency on external water resources through trade. Moreover, the country's struggle to meet drinking water needs is increased due to the large influxes of refugees. ... read more

New research project funded (2/2): Historic floods

Design standards for flood protection in deltas require magnitude estimates of extreme (millennial) floods. The Dutch Delta Programme considers a design discharge of 18,000 m3/s an appropriate upper value for the Rhine River at the German-Dutch border. ... read more

New research project funded (1/2): SEAWAD

The Dutch coastal zone is prone to flooding. The Netherlands has chosen to protect the coast by means of soft adaptive solutions such as (mega) nourishments with the aim of maintaining the coastline. At present the sediment volume in the Wadden Sea coastal zone is ... read more