Juliette Cortes Arevalo


MSc. ir. V.J. (Juliette) Cortes Arevalo


Water Engineering and Management



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Post-Doc researcher at RiverCare

Postal Address:

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Civil Engineering
Department of Water Engineering & Management

P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede


Juliette Cortes is researcher at the University of Twente and PhD Candidate at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). Her PhD research was carried out in an intra-european set up in close cooperation with the Italian National Research Council, Institute for Geo-hydrological Protection (CNR-IRPI, Padua, Italy).

As MSc and PhD student, she participated in two European Projects. The Project DIANE-CM which had two case studies one in Hamburg (Germany) and London (UK). The CHANGES project which had four European study areas in mountain areas. She particularly focused on the Fella Basin in the Northeastern Italian Alps (Friuli Venezia Giulia).

In Colombia, she prepared consultancy and construction proposals for engineering projects with the public and private sector. As field engineer, her tasks included the construction of minor river bank protections at critical locations along main national highways. She also attended one flood emergency in La Mojana, Magdalena (Colombia) where she interacted with local people as first responders.


Her research interests are in the management and communication strategies of river systems. Her research activities have focused on supporting collaborative efforts and community based monitoring strategies using decision support systems that combined multi-criteria methods and fuzzy logic. She aims at applying user-centered design approaches for designing the required web-based tools in decision support.


May 2015 - date

Researcher at RiverCare Project, University of Twente.

Sub-project G2 Knowledge base & communication

Oct 2011 – Oct 2014

Early Stage Researcher in the CHANGES Project.

Marie Curie funding.

Apr 2007 - Sep 2009

Oct 2005 - Mar 2006

Project and Civil Engineer, Hidroconsulta Ltda. Bogota-Colombia.

Mar 2006 - Apr 2007

Project and Civil Engineer, Constructora Douquem Ltda. Bogota-Colombia.

Feb 2005 - Jun 2005

Student assistant of the Department of Hydraulics. Universidad Nacional de Colombia


Nov 2011 – Nov 2015

PhD Candidate, Delft University of Technology, Water Management Department

PhD Research: “Practical use of volunteers' information to support inspection strategies of hydraulic structures”

Jan 2012

Course in Spatial Data Modelling of Geoinformatics Specialization, ITC - University of Twente, Enschede (The Netherlands)

Oct 2009 - Jun 2011

Master in Water Science and Engineering. Specialization in Hydroinformatics. Graduation with distinction. Nuffic scholarship.

UNESCO-IHE, Delft (The Netherlands)

MSc. Research: Flood Risk Management Via Collaborative Modelling. (DIANE-CM Project)

Jun 2000 – Jun 2005

BSc in Civil Engineering Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota (Colombia)


1.Cortes Arevalo, V. J., Sterlacchini, S., Bogaard, T., Junier, S. and van de Giesen, N. (in press) Decision support method to systematically evaluate first level inspections on the functional status of check dams, Struct. Infrastruct. Eng.

2.Aye, Z. C., Sprague, T., Cortes Arevalo, V. J., Prenger-Berninghoff, K., Jaboyedoff, M., & Derron, M. H. (2016). A collaborative (web-GIS) framework based on observations of three case studies in Europe for risk management of hydro-meteorological hazards. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 15(March), 10–23.

3.Cortes, V. J., Sprague, T., Aye, Z. C., Greiving, S., Glowacki, W., and Sterlacchini, S.: The connection between long-term and short-term risk management strategies:examples from land-use planning and emergency management in four European case studies. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 2, 3137-3182, doi:10.5194/nhessd-2- 3137-2014, 2014

4.Cortes Arevalo, V. J., Charrière, M., Bossi, G., Frigerio, S., Schenato, L., Bogaard, T., Bianchizza, C., Pasuto, A., and Sterlacchini, S.: Evaluating data quality collected by volunteers for first-level inspection of hydraulic structures in mountain catchments, Nat.Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 2681-2698, doi:10.5194/nhess-14-2681-2014, 2014.

5.Almoradie, A., Cortes, V.J., Jonoski, A. (2013), Web-based stakeholder collaboration in flood risk management. Journal of Flood Risk Management. DOI: 10.1111/jfr3.12076.

6.M. Evers, A. Jonoski, C. Maksimovic, L. Lange, S. Ochoa Rodriguez, A. Teklesadik, J. Cortes Arevalo, A. Almoradie, N. Eduardo Simoes, L.Wang, C. Makropoulos (2012), Collaborative modelling for active involvement of stakeholders in urban flood risk management.


7.Cortes, J., T. Sprague, S. Frigerio, T. Bogaard, S. Sterlacchini. (2014) The role of community knowledge and participation for hydraulic-structure inspections: Combining knowledge with action trough citizen-science projects. International Conference Analysis and Management of changing risks for natural hazards. 18-19 November 2014. Padova, Italy.

8.Cortes, V.J., Frigerio, S., Schenato, L., Sterlacchini, S., Bogaard, T., and Pasuto, A (2014), Setting priorities for management of hydraulic structures in mountain catchments. HIC 2014 – 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics "Informatics and the Environment: Data and Model Integration in a Heterogeneous Hydro World" New York, USA August 17 – 21, 2014

9.Cortes, V.J., Frigerio, S., Schenato, L., Pasuto, A & Sterlacchini. S. (2013), Review of the current risk management strategies in Europe for hydro-meteorological hazards at protection and emergency level. Comprehensive Flood Risk Management – Klijn & Schweckendiek (eds). 2013 Taylor & Francis Group, London, ISBN 978-0-415-62144-