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 colloquia

Marcel Muller :
March 11th 2016

Niels Alferink
April 1st
15:00h ... read more

Exploring new data for SMART monitoring of water SDG targets

On 30 November and 1 December 2015 the workshop “Exploring new data for SMART monitoring of water SDG targets” took place in the House of the Regional Government in Maastricht, The Netherlands. The workshop was organized by the Netherlands National IHP-HWRP Committee Secretariat and jointly convened by the National IHP-HWRP Committees of The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. ... read more


Green and blue water footprint reduction in irrigated agriculture: effect of irrigation techniques, irrigation strategies and mulching

One of the important prospects for relieving increasing water scarcity is to reduce the consumptive water use in the agricultural sector, which makes up the largest share in global freshwater consumption. This study explores the effect of three management practices on the soil water balance and plant growth, using the AquaCrop model and the global water footprint (WF) standards. ... 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