Staff

Eelco van Beek

Name: Eelco van Beek
Department: Water Engineering and Management
Phone Secretary: +31 53 4894320
E-mail: e.vanbeek@utwente.nl
Position: Professor Modeling Integrated Water Resources Management

Short CV

Eelco van Beek joined the Water Engineering & Management department in April 2007 as part-time professor (30%) in the field of Modelling Integrated Water Resources Management. He combines this position with his work as water resources management specialist at Deltares / WL | Delft Hydraulics. During the nearly 35 years of his professional career, Prof. Van Beek has been actively involved in many water resources development projects in the Netherlands and abroad, ranging from projects with emphasis on long- term planning to real-time operation, from projects aimed at pre-feasibility studies to detailed water management projects, and from integrated studies (water quantity, water quality, ecology, economics, socio-economics and institutional aspects) to single-aspect studies. In 1993, Mr. van Beek was appointed part-time (30%) professor in Modelling in Water Resources Management at the Delft University of Technology, a position he kept till 2004. In that position he acted 6 times as promoter of PhD-candidates and supervised 35 MSc students.

EDUCATION

1972: M.Sc. in Civil Engineering, cum laude, Delft University of Technology.

EMPLOYMENT RECORD

2007-date

University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands (part-time)

- Professor Modelling Integrated Water Resources Management

1993 – 2004

Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands (part-time)

−Professor Modelling Water Resources Management


1976 - date

WL | Delft Hydraulics

−Water Resources Management Specialist (2001-date)

−Director, Inland Water Systems (1999 - 2001)

−Director, River Basin Management (1995-1999)

−Deputy Director Water Resources and Environment Division (1989-1994)

−Deputy Head Systems Approach Branch (1979-1985)

−Project engineer (various positions in the Netherlands and abroad)


1973 - 1976

UNDP / UNV - Iran

−associate water resources specialist


1972 - 1973

Delft University of Technology

−research fellow

TEACHING

Delft University of Technology (1993-2004):

−Integrated Water Resources Management

University of Twente (2007 onwards):

−Tools for Water Policy Analysis

UNESCO-IHE (2005 onwards):

−Water Resources Development and Management

RESEARCH involvement

  • Water allocation based on equity principles in the Yellow River Basin - China
  • Socio-economic aspects of Environmental Flow
  • Quantitative tools for River Basin Management
  • Sustainable Deltas - Vulnerability of deltas to climate change, climate variability and sea level rise and adaptation strategies to cope with adverse effect
  • FlooDsite - Member of the Scientific Advisory Board

EXPERIENCE RECORD (selection)


2007-present

Bangladesh/India: Advisor on Dialogue project Transboundary water issues between Bangladesh and India

2006-present

Iran: IWRM-advisor in UNDP-GEF project on Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project, in particular Lake Uromiyeh

2006-present

Egypt: Project leader extension phase Lake Nasser Flood and Drought Control Project, Ministry of water Resources and Irrigation. Developing scenario’s for upstream development in the Nile basin and for climate change and the analysis of adaptive strategies for the water resources management in Egypt to cope with these developments.

2006

France/Japan: Short assignment to advice on the set-up and outlook of the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM-UNESCO)

2005

Switzerland / UNEP: Advisor/expert Afghanistan-Iran Technical Meeting on IWRM and the Sistan Basin, discussing the transboundary issues of the Hirmand River.

2005

Switzerland / WMO: Short assignment as member of the expert panel on Social aspects and Stakeholder Involvement in Integrated Flood Management. GWP/WMO associated programme on Integrated Flood Management.

2005-2007

Mongolia: IWRM advisor, developing a plan to introduce IWRM in Mongolia and strengthen educational and research institutions in the country.

2004-2005

Egypt: IWRM advisor Lake Nasser Flood And Drought Control Project, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation. The project is developing an operational model for the High Aswan Dam and a flow forecast model that takes into account changes in upstream developments and land-use under different climate change scenarios. Based on these models an analysis is carried out on the operation of the dam as well as the development of strategies for Egypt to deal with changes in water availability.

2004-2006

Vietnam: Senior IWRM specialist for the 2nd Red River Basin Sector Project, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development / Asian Development Bank. Analysis of the drought situation in the Cau basin (a sub-basin of the Red River) resulting in investment recommendations for infrastructural developments.

2004-2006

Iran: Project leader of the project Integrated Water Resources management for the Sistan Closed Inland Delta (transboundary issue with Afghanistan), Ministry of Energy, Iran. Development of an operational (flow forecast) model for the Hirmand River and the drafting of an Integrated Water Resources Management plan for the Iranian part of the basin (the inland delta).

2003-2005

Bangladesh: Advisor to CEGIS / Water Planning Organization on developing a modelling framework for National and Regional Water Resources Planning in Bangladesh.

2003-2006

Philippines: Advisory Director Central Cebu Water Resources Management Project through Integrated Development

2001-2003

Indonesia: Water Resources Planning Specialist Basin of World Bank Project Basin Water Resources Management Planning in Java

2000-2005

Egypt: Project Director National Water Resources Plan for Egypt. Development of a first full national IWRM plan for Egypt, discussed and approved in the Egyptian Parliament

2000-2003

Philippines: Resource Person scientific and educational co-operation project between DUT and San Carlos University in Cebu on the subject of Integrated Water Resources Management

2000-2006

Bangladesh: Scientific director co-operation DUT-BUET (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology) on water management and hydraulics

1999-present

China: Project leader Research Project on Integrated Water Management for the Yellow River Basin, addressing the allocation issues of this water scarce basin between provinces and sectors.

1999-2003

China: Principal Resource Person on topic Integrated Water Resources Management of the scientific and educational co-operation project DUT-Hohai University and Yellow River Basin Commission (in co-operation with KUN); project leader Yellow River Research Project

1998-1999

China: Advisor Netherlands and Chinese governments on scientific and technical co-operation between the two countries

1998-2003

India: Water Resources Planner / Advisor to the Hydrology Project (a project of the Central Water Commission)

1998

Trinidad and Tobago: Water Resources Planner, drafting the Water Resources Management Strategy for Trinidad and Tobago

1995-1998

Indonesia: Team leader of various missions on Project Improvement Plan for Sp1 course on Water Resources Management

1995-1997

Egypt: member Advisory Panel on Land Drainage and Water Management, advising on technical and policy issues in Water Resources Management in Egypt.

1995-1996

Japan: Advisor Public Works Research Institute, Ministry of Construction, on the introduction of Integrated Water Resources Management in Japan.

1993-1994

Bangladesh: Advisor Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology at Dhaka on educational and consultancy activities.

1992-1994

Indonesia: Project supervisor Water Resources Management project in Indonesia:

 Water Resources Database Project for Directorate of Planning and Programming, Directorate of Water Resources Development;

 Jakarta Water Resources Management Project.

1991

Kuwait: Project Manager development of asap Data System for the assessment of the environment impact of the pollution caused by the Gulf war, unep/ropme.

1990-1997

Indonesia: Project Director Integrated Water Resources Development Project aiming to develop a National Water Resources Management strategy for the country.

1985-1989

Indonesia: Team leader Cisadane-Cimanuk Integrated Water Resources Development Project, West Java.

The objectives of this project were:

 improvement of the Indonesian capability to solve complex water resources planning problems (formation of an operational unit, training);

 to achieve an optimised approach for integrated water resources development in the area.

Under this project on operational wrm analysis has been created and trained within the Ministry of Public Works. Together with this unit an outline plan has been drafted for the integrated water resources development in Northern West-Java.

1984

Thailand: Organisation and supervision of escap workshop on application of systems analysis in water resources management.

1984

Iran: Member of the Dutch delegation for the promotion of water related research in Iran.

1983

Bangladesh: Water sector master planning project, problem identification, data assessment.

1982-1984

Indonesia: Identification missions of co-operation project water resources planning.

1982

Bangladesh: Participation World Bank invited mission concerning training programme water sector master planning.

1981

Mexico: Exploring mission water management problems in the coastal area of the state Chiapas.

1978-1979

United States: Resident consultant Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, pawn project.

 Development of a model and analysis for regional hydrology, agricultural water demands and damages from drought and salinity.

 Groundwater level modelling and analysis.

 Evaluation of impacts (especially agricultural) caused by water management measures.

1973-1976

Iran: Project leader field study water management Aleshtar river basin in Lorestan.


Netherlands:


2007-present

Water resources expert in various studies on the development of the IJsselmeer and Markermeer areas

2007-present

Project leader Analysis impacts new W+ climate scenario on the water resources systems of the Netherlands during dry periods

2004-present

Project leader Delft Hydraulics research project on Modeling for Integrated River Basin Management

2001-2006

Project leader Delft Cluster study on Environmental Flows

2000-2005

Project leader Delft Cluster study on Land Use Planning for Flood Risk Management - towards more resilient river systems

1994-1999

Project leader Research Study on the development of a Decision Support System for water distribution during low flows in transboundary rivers

1993-2000

Project leader NWO Research Project on Sustainability and Environmental Quality of Transboundary River Systems (SQR)

1985

Benefit assessment study on soil quality improvement in the Netherlands.

1983–1984

Project leader regional impact of groundwater withdrawals for drinking water, industry and agriculture in the province North-Brabant (the Netherlands).

1983

Benefit assessment study water quality improvement in the Netherlands.

1982–1983

Project leader policy analysis study; planning of regional water management in the province of North-Holland (the Netherlands).

1981–1982

Organisation of a short course 'Application of systems approach and policy analysis techniques in water management'.

1979–1985

Project leader applied research project in the use of systems analysis for Water Resources Management planning.

1979–1985

Project leader dhl-team pawn-study and member of overall project co-ordinating team. Imple-mentation project results into a set of promising water management policies for masterplan.

1977–1978

Delft, Policy Analysis of Water management in the Netherlands (pawn) project engineer. Master planning project in co-operation with Rand u.s. Water balance and economic evaluation study for the Netherlands. Special topics: water flow models, agricultural water demand, irrigation.

1976–1977

Delft, Research project water quality problems of the Rhine river. Development of water quality analysis techniques and assessment of impacts on user groups of Rhine water.

1972–1973

Delft, development of stochastic optimisation model for qualitative and quantitative reservoir management.

PUBLICATIONS


Books and book contributions

−River Basin Modelling for Flood Risk Mitigation (author of 2 chapters in this book, edited by the University of Birmingham), Taylor & Francis Group, London.

−Water Resources Systems Planning and Management – an introduction to methods, models and applications (600 page book, co-author with Daniel P. Loucks), December 2005, UNESCO - Paris

−Coping with Climate Variability and Climate Change in Water Resources, Chapter 2 of ’Coping with Impacts of Climate Variability and Climate Change in Water Management: a scoping paper’, 2002

−Modeling for Integrated Water Management, in Water in the Netherlands (ed. P. Huisman), Netherlands Hydrological Society, Delft, the Netherlands, 1998.

−Application of systems analysis in water resources management, Proceedings of the regional seminar at escap, 1984 (editor and co-author), escap, Bangkok


Editor

−Floods, from Defence to Management, co-editor Symposium Papers of the 3rd International Symposium on Flood Defence, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Taylor & Francis Group, London

−River Basin Research and Management, co-editor special issue on ‘Integrated Modelling and Investigation of Land-Use Impacts on the Hydrological Cycle, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Vol. 26, no 7-8, Pergamon Press

Papers and symposium presentations (selection)

Integrated Water Resources Management for the Sistan Closed Inland Delta, Iran (co-author), Proceedings XVth Congress of Asia and Pacific division of IAHR, Madras, India

Conclusions and Recommendations of 3rd International Conference on Flood Defence, Nijmegen, in Floods, from Defence to Management, Taylor & Francis Group, London, 2006

−From Flood Defence to Flood Management, prerequisites for sustainable flood management (co-author), key-note speech 3rd International Conference on Flood Defence, Nijmegen, in Floods, from Defence to Management, Taylor & Francis Group, London, 2006

−Copula approach for flood probability analysis of the Huangpu River during barrier closure (co-author), Proceedings ICCE2004.

−Integrated Water Resources Management for the Yellow River in China: discussion on Scientific and Ethical Approaches (co-author), in Proceedings UNESCO/IAHS/IWHA International Symposium "The Basis of Civilisation---Water Science?" Rome, 3- 6 December 2003.

−Transboundary water allocation in the Yellow River and the Nile – a comparative analysis, (co-author), Proceedings 1st International Yellow River Forum on River Basin Management, Zhengzhou

−Modelling of flood defence measures in the Lower Yellow River using SOBEK (co-author), in Proceedings 1st International Yellow River Forum on River Basin Management, Zhengzhou

−Integrated water resource management for the Yellow River basin in China (co-author), in Proceedings 1st International Yellow River Forum on River Basin Management, Zhengzhou

−An Overview of the National Water Resources Plan (NWRP) for Egypt, paper presented at the Seminar on Water Management Development in Egypt (2002)

−Setting the Stage - Netherlands and the Rhine River, invited lecture NATO Advanced Research Workshop on New Paradigms in River and Estuary Management, April 4-6, 2001, Idaho - USA, in print

−Cost-Benefit Analysis of water demand management measures, a multi-sector approach (co-author), Proceedings of the Minneapolis 2000 Joint Conference on Water Resources Engineering and Water resources Planning and Management, August 2000

−A framework for assessing cost-effectiveness of wastewater treatment for Nile water pollution control (co-author), Proceedings of the Minneapolis 2000 Joint Conference on Water Resources Engineering and Water Resources Planning and Management, August 2000

−River Basin Management and Planning, Keynote Paper for International Workshop on River Basin Management (co-author), The Hague, 1999

−Integrated River basin Management: tools and approaches, Proceedings Sino-Netherlands Seminar on water management in Beijing, April 1999

−Multinational River basin Management; behavioural patterns, economic processes and environmental impacts, presented at International NWO-conference Beyond Sustainability, November 1998

−How to incorporate different models of various stakeholders in a joint developed DSS (co-author), Proceedings second international Conference on Hydroinformatics, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 1998

−Integrated Water Resources Management: Planning, approach and methodology in Europe and the Netherlands, China-EU international conference Beijing Environment ’97, December 1997

−Interdisciplinary research on water management – experiences of the SQR-project in the Netherlands, Vadstena workshop on VASTRA, Sweden, October 1998

−Consistency requirements for data and analysis techniques in transboundary river basin management, Proceedings Colloquium “Perspectives for a River Basin Approach in EU Water Policy, Delft, 1996

−Hydroinformatics programmes in the Netherlands, (co-author). Proceedings first International Conference on Hydroinformatics, 'Hydro-informatics 1994', Delft, the Netherlands, September 1994.