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

Effects of wave breaking are felt

When waves break, their organized motion is converted into random velocity fluctuations (turbulence). These turbulent fluctuations contribute to the transport of sediment particles, and consequently, lead to changes of the beach profile. The effects of these fluctuations should therefore be considered when trying to predict the long-term coastal evolution and to improve coastal safety. However, wave breaking effects on sand transport are often neglected in such predictions because the effects are complex and not well understood. ... 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

Announcement colloquia

Yulai Wang
Sido Grin
Jan Gert Rinsema
Wietse van Gerwen
Ethan Tromp ... read more

Suzanne Hulscher wordt Simon Stevin Meester

Voor haar technisch-wetenschappelijk onderzoek en de manier waarop zij de verbinding zoekt met de maatschappij, ontvangt prof.dr. Suzanne Hulscher, hoogleraar Water Engineering and Management aan de UT, het Simon Stevin Meesterschap 2016: de hoogste onderscheiding voor technisch onderzoek omvat een geldbedrag van 500.000 euro en een kunstwerk. Hulscher ontvangt de prijs in het najaar. ... read more

Dr. Bas Borsje benoemd als 1 van de 5 leden van de Jonge Waddenacademie

In 2015 nam de Waddenacademie het initiatief om De Jonge Waddenacademie op te richten. Met het oprichten van De Jonge Waddenacademie wil de Waddenacademie jonge onderzoekers stimuleren om onderzoek te doen naar het Waddengebied, bij voorkeur in multidisciplinair verband. ... 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