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Dr.ir. J.S.Ribberink
University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Dept. Civil Engineering
Group of Water Engineering & Management

P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede


  • M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (Fluid Mechanics), University of Twente, 1976
  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Delft University of Technology, 1987 Thesis: Mathematical modelling of one-dimensional morphological changes in rivers with non-uniform sediment


  • 1996- present Associate Professor, Water Engineering and Management, Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of Technology and Management of the University of Twente
  • 1986- 1996 Senior Researcher, Harbours, Coasts and Offshore Technology Division, Delft Hydraulics
  • 1976- 1986 Scientific officer, Delft University of Technology


Dr. Jan S. Ribberink is Associate Professor in the Water Engineering and Management Department of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Twente. He is specialized in river and coastal hydraulics, sediment dynamics and morphology and has more than 25 years experience as a researcher, lecturer and specialist consultant. His research is focussed on sediment dynamics in rivers and coastal seas, with topics as non-uniform sediments, wave-induced sediment transport, oscillatory sheet flow, large-scale river and sea bed erosion/sedimentation. Experimental research in laboratory facilities and mathematical modelling of sediment dynamics are key elements in his research. He coordinated a number of Dutch and European research programmes on coastal morphodynamics and was involved in several consultancy projects, such as coastal defense studies, studies on offshore sand mining and large-scale river morphology. He is supervising Ph. D. and M.Sc. research studies, teaches the course ‘Fluid Mechanics’ in the Batchelor programme Civil Engineering, and the courses ‘River Dynamics’ and ‘Marine Dynamics’ in the Master programme Civil Engineering and Management.


Coastal Seas

  • Kranenburg, W.M., Tian-Jian Hsu and J.S. Ribberink (2014). Two-phase modeling of sheet-flow beneath waves and its dependence on grain size and streaming, Advances in Water Resources 72, 57 -70, doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2014.05.008
  • A, D.A. van der, Ribberink, J.S., Werf, J.J. van der, O'Donoghue, T., Buijsrogge, R.H. & Kranenburg, W.M. (2013). Practical sand transport formula for non-breaking waves and currents. Coastal engineering, 76, 26-42.
  • Kranenburg, W.M., Ribberink, J.S., Schretlen, J.L.M. & Uittenbogaard, R.E. (2013). Sand transport beneath waves: the role of progressive wave streaming and other free surface effects. Journal of geophysical research. Earth surface, 118(1), 1-18.
  • Rijn, L.C., Ribberink, J.S., Werf, J.J. van der & Walstra, D.J.R. (2013). Coastal sediment dynamics: recent advances and future research needs, doi: 10.1080/00221686.2013.849297. Journal of hydraulic research, 51(5), 475-493.
  • Kranenburg, W.M., Ribberink, J.S., Uittenbogaard, R.E. & Hulscher, S.J.M.H. (2012). Net currents in the wave bottom boundary layer: on waveshape streaming and progressive wave streaming. Journal of geophysical research. Earth surface, 117(F3).
  • A., D. van der, O'Donoghue, T., Davies, A.G. & Ribberink, J.S. (2011). Experimental study of the turbulent boundary layer in acceleration-skewed oscillatory flow. Journal of fluid mechanics, 684, 251-283.
  • A., D. van der, O'Donoghue, T. & Ribberink, J.S. (2011). Reply to discussion of Measurements of sheet flow transport in acceleration-skewed oscillatory flow and comparison with practical formulations", doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2010.12.005. Coastal engineering, 58(5), 444-445.
  • Silva, P., Abreu, T., A, D.A. van der, Sancho, F., Ruessink, B.G., Werf, J.J. van der & Ribberink, J.S. (2011). Sediment transport in nonlinear skewed oscillatory flows: Transkew experiments. Journal of hydraulic research, 49(Supp 1), 72-80.
  • A, D.A. van der, O'Donoghue, T. & Ribberink, J.S. (2010). Measurements of sheet flow transport in acceleration-skewed oscillatory flow and comparison with practical formulations. Coastal engineering, 57(3), 331-342.


  • Naqshband, S., Ribberink, J.S. & Hulscher, S.J.M.H. (2014). Using both free surface effect and sediment transport mode parameters in defining the morphology of river dunes and their evolution to upper stage plane beds, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0000873. Journal of hydraulic engineering, 140(6), 1-6.
  • Tuijnder, A. P. & Ribberink, J. S. (2012). Experimental observation and modelling of roughness variation due to supply-limited sediment transport in uni-directional flow. Journal of hydraulic research, (ISSN 0022-1686), 50(5), 506-520.
  • Hassan, W. N. M. & Ribberink, J. S. (2010). Modelling of sand transport under wave-generated sheet flows with a RANS diffusion model, doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2009.08.009. Coast. eng., (ISSN 0378-3839), 57(1), 19-29.
  • Werf, J. J. Van der, Schretlen, J. L. M., Ribberink, J. S. & O'Donoghue, T. (2009). Database of full-scale laboratory experiments on wave-driven sand transport processes, doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2009.01.008. Coast. eng., (ISSN 0378-3839), 56(7), 726-732.
  • Tuijnder, A. P., Ribberink, J. S. & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2009). An experimental study into the geometry of supply-limited dunes. Sedimentology, (ISSN 0037-0746), 56(6), 1713-1727.
  • Ribberink, J. S., Werf, J. J. Van der, Donoghue, T. O' & Hassan, W. N. M. (2008). Sand Motion induced by oscillatory flows: sheet flow and vortex ripples. J. turbul., (ISSN 1468-5248), 9(20), 1-32.
  • O'Donoghue, T., Ribberink, J. S. & Werf, J. J. Van der (2007). Insights on wave-generated sand transport processes from large-scale laboratory experiments ( In Chinese). Renmin zhujiang, (ISSN 1001-9235), 2007(1), 10-15.
  • Werf, J. J. Van der, Doucette, J. S., O'Donoghue, T. & Ribberink, J. S. (2007). Detailed measurements of velocities and suspended sand concentrations over full-scale ripples in regular oscillatory flow, doi: 10.1029/2006JF000614. J. geophys. res., (ISSN 0148-0227), 112, F2(F02012).
  • O'Donoghue, T., Doucette, J. S., Werf, J. J. Van der & Ribberink, J. S. (2006). The dimensions of sand ripples in full-scale oscillatory flows. Coast. eng., (ISSN 0378-3839), 53(2006), 997-1012.
  • Werf, J. J. Van der, Ribberink, J. S., O'Donoghue, T. & Doucette, J. S. (2006). Modelling and measurements of sand transport processes over full-scale ripples in oscillatory flow. Coast. eng., (ISSN 0378-3839), 53(2006), 657-673.
  • Hassan, W. N. M. & Ribberink, J. S. (2005). Transport processes of uniform and mixed sands in oscillatory sheet flow. Coast. eng., (ISSN 0378-3839), 52(2005), 745-770.
  • Davies, A. G., Rijn, L. C. J. van, Damgaard, J. S., Graaff, J. van de & Ribberink, J. S. (2002). Intercomparison of research and practical sand transport models. Coast. eng., (ISSN 0378-3839), 46(2002), 1-23.
  • Dohmen-Janssen, C. M., Kroekenstoel, D. F., Hassan, W. N. M. & Ribberink, J. S. (2002). Phase lags in oscillatory sheet flow: experiments and bed load modelling. Coast. eng., (ISSN 0378-3839), 46, 61-87.
  • Dohmen-Janssen, C. M., Hassan, W. N. M. & Ribberink, J. S. (2001). Mobile-bed effects in oscillatory sheet flow. J. geophys. res., (ISSN 0148-0227), 106(C11), 27103-27105.
  • Mclean, S. R., Ribberink, J. S., Dohmen-Janssen, C. M. & Hassan, W. N. M. (2001). Sand transport in oscillatory sheet flow with mean current. J. waterway, port, coastal ocean eng., (ISSN 0733-950X), 127(3]), 141-151.
  • Ribberink, J. S. (1998). Bed-load transport for steady flows and unsteady oscillatory flows. Coast. eng., (ISSN 0378-3839), 1998(34), 59-82.
  • Davies, A. G., Ribberink, J. S., Temperville, A. & Zyserman, J. (1997). Comparisons between sediment transport models and observations made in wave and current flows above plane beds. Coast. eng., (ISSN 0378-3839), 31, 163-198.
  • Ribberink, J.S. and Abdullah A. Al-Salem (1995). Sheet flow and suspension of sand in oscillatory boundary layers, Coastal Engineering, 25 (1995), 205-225.
  • Ribberink, J.S. and A.A. Al-Salem (1994). Sediment transport in oscillatory boundary layers in cases of rippled beds and sheet flow, Journ. of Geoph. Res., Vol. 99, No. C6, 12707-12727, June.
  • Blom, A., Ribberink, J. S. & Parker, G. (2008). Vertical sorting and the morphodynamics of bed form-dominated rivers. A sorting evolution model. 2. Application. J. geophys. res., (ISSN 0148-0227), 113(F01019), 1-19.
  • Blom, A., Parker, G., Ribberink, J. S. & Vriend, H. J. de (2006). Vertical sorting and the morphodynamics of bed form-dominated rivers. An equilibrium sorting model. doi:10.1029/2004JF000175. J. geophys. res., (ISSN 0148-0227), 111(F01006).
  • Blom, A., Ribberink, J. S. & Vriend, H. J. de (2003). Vertical sorting in bed forms - flume experiments with a natural and a tri-modal sediment mixture. Water resour. res., (ISSN 0043-1397), 39(2, 1025).
  • Ribberink, J.S. and J.T.M. Van der Sande (1987). Aggradation and degradation of alluvial channel beds, Journ. of Hydr. Eng., ASCE, Vol. 113, no. 2, 272 - 276.
  • Wang, Z.B. and Ribberink, J.S. (1986). The validity of a depth-integrated model for suspended sediment transport, Journ. of Hydraul. Res., IAHR, Vol. 24, no.1.
  • Ribberink, J.S. and Van der Sande, J.T.M. (1985). Aggradation in rivers due to overloading - analytical approaches, Journ. of Hydraul. Res., IAHR, Vol.23, no. 3.
  • Ribberink, J.S. (1984). Routing graded sediments in streams: formulations, Journ. of Hydraul. Eng., ASCE, Vol. 110, no.2, Feb.


  • A.A. Al-Salem (1993) Sediment transport in oscillatory boundary layers under sheet flow conditions (together with prof. Bijker)
  • C.M. Dohmen-Janssen (1999) Grain size influence on sediment transport in oscillatory sheet flow – phase lags and mobile-bed effects (together with prof. d’Angremond and prof. Battjes)
  • A. Blom (2003) A vertical sorting model for rivers with non-uniform sediment and dunes (2003) (together with prof. de Vriend and prof. Parker)
  • W.N.H. Hassan (2003) Transport of size-graded and uniform sediments under oscillatory sheet- flow conditions (together with prof. de Vriend)
  • J.J. van der Werf (2006) Sand transport under oscillatory flow conditions in the rippled-bed regime (together with prof. Hulscher en prof. van Rijn)
  • A.P. Tuijnder (ongoing) Modelling of bedforms, roughness and sediment transport in rivers under supply-limited conditions (together with prof. Hulscher)
  • J.L.M. Schretlen (ongoing) Sand transport in sheet flow conditions under real surface waves (together with prof. Hulscher)
  • W. M. Kranenburg (ongoing) Modelling sand transport in the sheet flow regime (together with prof. Hulscher)


Courses :

  • Basic Fluid Mechanics (Batchelor)
  • River Dynamics: Shallow-water flows, Transport processes and Morphology (Master)
  • Marine Dynamics (Master)