Finding solutions through adaptation and mitigation
Given that almost all our activities relate in some way to climate change, whether addressing drought, flooding, erosion or other issues, we have selected only those that have climate change as their main focus.
In the special issue to be downloaded from this page, we highlight some activities from our three main focus areas: Education, Research & Innovation and Capacity Development. In some cases, the work spans more than one of these areas.
As part of the UNESCO Water Family we are conscious of the pressing need to contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
We have been working with governments for almost 60 years, addressing their varying needs for tackling climate change vulnerabilities in their country. If you are committed to addressing climate change risks by signing the COP21 Paris Agreement and you are now looking for a partner to help you achieve your goals, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Vanessa de Oliveira, Liaison Officer - International Relations at IHE Delft.
Climate Change Impacts
Agarwal A., Babel M.S., Maskey S., Shrestha S., Kawasakia A. and Tripathi N.K. (2015) Analysis of temperature projections in the Koshi River Basin, Nepal. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4342. URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/joc.4342/abstract
Agarwal A., Babel M.S. and Maskey S. (2014) Analysis of future precipitation in the Koshi River basin, Nepal. Journal of Hydrology, 513: 422–434. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022169414002327
Bhatt D., Maskey S., Babel M.S., Uhlenbrook S. and Prasad K.C. (2014) Climate trends and impacts on crop production in the Koshi River basin of Nepal. Regional Environmental Change, 14: 1291-1301. URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10113-013-0576-6
T. Duong, R. Ranasinghe, D.J.R. Walstra and D. Roelvink. 2015. Assessing climate change impacts on the stability of Small Tidal Inlet systems: Why and How? Earth Science Reviews, Vol. 154, 369-380. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012825215300775
Gupta, J. (2016), Climate change governance: history, future, and triple-loop learning? WIREs Clim Change, 7: 192–210. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.388. Edited by Karin Backstrand, Domain Editor, and Mike Hulme, Editor-in-Chief. URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wcc.388/pdf
Gupta, J. (2014). The history of global climate change governance. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781107040519. URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/earth-and-environmental-science/environmental-policy-economics-and-law/history-global-climate-governance
Jiang, Y., Koo, W.W. (2014) Estimating the field effect of weather on crop production with unobserved producer behavior: a bioeconomic modeling framework. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies 16(3), 279-302. DOI: 10.1007/s10018-014-0079-9.
Jiang, Y., Koo, W.W. (2014) Producer preference for land-based biological carbon sequestration in agriculture: some implications from a sample of North Dakota farmers. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 69(3), 231-242. DOI:10.2489/jswc.69.3.231.
Jiang, Y., Koo, W.W. (2013). The short-term impact of a domestic cap-and-trade climate policy on local agriculture: A policy simulation with producer behavior. Environmental and Resource Economics 58(4), 511-537. DOI: 10.1007/s10640-013-9737-9.
Jiang, Y., Koo, W.W. (2013) Estimating regional agricultural supply of greenhouse gas abatements by land-based biological carbon sequestration: a Bayesian sampling based simulation approach. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy 2(3), 266-287. DOI: 10.1080/21606544.2013.806041.
Hu Y., Maskey S. and Uhlenbrook S. (2013). Expected changes in future temperature extremes and their elevation dependency over the Yellow River source region. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17, 2501-2514. URL: http://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/17/2501/2013/
Hu Y., Maskey S. and Uhlenbrook S. (2013). Downscaling daily precipitation over the Yellow River source region in China: A comparison of three statistical downscaling methods. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 112:447-460. URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00704-012-0745-4
Hu Y., Maskey S. and Uhlenbrook S. (2012). Trends in temperature and rainfall extremes in the Yellow River source region, China. Climatic Change, 110:403-429. URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-011-0056-2
Palazzoli I., Maskey S., Uhlenbrook S., Nana E. and Bocchiola D. (2015) Impact of prospective climate change on water resources and crop yields in the Indrawati basin, Nepal. Agricultural Systems, 133:143–157. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308521X14001498
R. Ranasinghe, T. Duong, S. Uhlenbrook, D. Roelvink and M. Stive (2013). Climate Change impact assessment for inlet-interrupted coastlines. Nature Climate Change, Vol. 3, 83-87. URL: http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v3/n1/full/nclimate1664.html
Shrestha B., Babel M.S., Maskey S., van Griensven A., Uhlenbrook S., Green A. and Akkharath I. (2013). Impact of climate change on sediment yield in the Mekong River Basin: a case study of the Nam Ou Basin, Lao PD, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17: 1-20. URL: http://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/17/1/2013/
T.Y. Stigter et al. (2015) Combined Assessment of Climate Change and Socio-Economic Development as Drivers of Freshwater Availability in the South of Portugal. Springer. Water Resources Management, 1-20. URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11269-015-0994-y
Wang L., Ranasinghe R., Maskey S., Van Gelder P.H.A.J.M. and Vrijling J.K. (2015). Comparison of empirical statistical methods for downscaling daily climate projections from CMIP5 GCMs: a case study of the Huai River Basin, China. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4334. URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/joc.4334/abstract
D.J. Wainwright, R. Ranasinghe, D.P. Callaghan, C.D. Woodroffe, R. Jongejan, A.J. Dougherty, K. Rogers, P.J. Cowell (2015). Moving from deterministic towards probabilistic coastal hazard and risk assessment: Development of a modelling framework and application to Narrabeen Beach, New South Wales, Australia. Coastal Engineering, Vol. 96, 92–99. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378383914002130
Climate Change Adaptation
Maskey S., Bhatt D., Uhlenbrook S., Prasad K.C. and Babel M.S. (2016) Adaptation to climate change impacts on agriculture and agricultural water management - a review. In Climate change and agricultural water management in developing countries, Hoanh et al. (eds.), CABI Climate Change Series, 2015, pp. 11-31. URL: http://www.cabi.org/cabebooks/ebook/20153417461
Wang L., Van Gelder P.H.A.J.M., Vrijling J.K., Maskey S. and Ranasinghe R. (2015). Risk-aversion economic optimization in the adaptation of river dikes to climate change. Water Resources Management, 29:359–377. URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11269-014-0814-9
Climate Change Mitigation
Vojinovic, Z., Hammond, M., Golub, D., Hirunsalee, S., Weesakul, S., Meesuk, V., Medina, N., Sanchez, A., Kumara, S., Abbott, M. (2016) Holistic approach to flood risk assessment in areas with cultural heritage: a practical application in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Natural Hazards, Vol. 81, Issue 1, 589-616. Open Access. URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-015-2098-7
Climate Change Driven Variations in Future Longshore Sediment Transport Rates along the Coast of Vietnam (2014). Project partners: AIT, IHE Delft. Download here.
Climate Change Driven Variations in the Wave Climate along the Coast of Vietnam (2014). Project partners: AIT, IHE Delft. Download here.
Climate adaptation Colombia. Climate data scaling and analysis for the Magdalena basin. Project partners: FutureWater, IHE Delft, Deltares, SarVision, Waterschap Hunze en Aa’s, IDEAM, DNP, CorMagdalena (2014). Download here.
Changes in the annual cycle of precipitation - an overview for Latin America and Mexico. Download here.
Approaches to risk assessment on Australian coasts. Download here.
Video documentary of refresher course 'Integrated River Basin Management under Climate Change'.
Links to educational programmes
Joint Master programme ‘Groundwater and Global Change’
List of contributors to the IHE Delft special issue on climate change (in alphabetical order):
Dr. Leonardo Alfonso Segura, Senior Lecturer in Hydroinformatics
Janaka Bamunawala, PhD fellow
Dr. Gerald Corzo Perez, Lecturer and researcher in Hydroinformatics
Dr. Ali Dastgheib, Senior Lecturer in Port Development
Trang Minh Duong, PhD
Prof. Dr. Joyeeta Gupta, Professor of Law and Policy in Water Resources and Environment
Dr. Yong Jiang, Senior Lecturer in Water Resources Economics
Dr. Shreedhar Maskey, Associate Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources
Prof. Michael McClain, Professor of Ecohydrology
Seyedabdolhossein Mehvar, PhD fellow
Dr. Assela Pathirana, Associate Professor of Integrated Urban Water Cycle Management
Prof. Dr. Rosh Ranasinghe, Professor of Climate Change Impacts and Coastal Risk
Dr. Erik de Ruyter van Steveninck, Senior Lecturer Aquatic and Marine Ecology
Dr. Tibor Stigter, Senior Lecturer in Hydrogeology and Groundwater Resources
Dr. Zoran Vojinovic, Associate Professor of Urban Water Systems
Dr. Anna Wesselink, Postdoc researcher
Dr. Uta Wehn, Associate Professor of Water Innovation Studies
Learn more about our research theme on 'water-related hazards & climate change' and find out which chair groups are working on this theme.