Blanca Pérez Lapeña

Project Assistant


Blanca Perez Lapena is a researcher and consultant in the areas of GIS and spatial/temporal data analysis, with particular focus on environmental and water management applications. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Technical Engineering in Surveying at EPSEB (Barcelona, Spain) and obtained her Professional Master’s degree in GeoInformatics at ITC (Enschede, The Netherlands). Next, she became junior lecturer at the Geo-Information Processing (GIP) department of ITC and, during the last year at GIP, she also obtained her MSc degree in GeoInformatics. Before moving to the Water Engineering and Management department of the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands) at the end of 2004, she worked for one month as GIS lecturer at Universidad de los Andes (Venezuela). At the University of Twente, she worked for almost two years as supporting GIS researcher until, in 2006, she started the research project that resulted in her PhD thesis. During 2011-2015 she was post-doctoral researcher in the project “Climate Change, Hydrology, and Landscapes of America's Heartland” at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (USA). During the period 2015-2017 she was part of a team of specialists to provide technical assistance to the Mozambican National Directorate for Water Resource Management. Also, during that time she was associated with local engineering firm Salomon Lda and was involved in projects on optimization of hydro-meteorological monitoring networks, dike management, and potential for groundwater exploitations in the Zambezi basin. After her return to the Netherlands in December 2017 she volunteered as a GIS expert for 510 Global, an initiative of The Netherlands Red Cross.

In September 2018 she joined the Environmental Engineering and Water Technology Department at IHE Delft as Project Management Assistant in the RECONECT project.


Pease M., Perez Lapena B., Lant C. (2018). Energy and water resource simulations for U.S. geography undergraduates, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2018.1554629

Perez Lapena B., Saimone F., Juizo D. (2018). Mapping groundwater availability and adequacy in the Lower Zambezi River basin. Proc. IAHS, 95, 1-6.

Lant C. L., Perez Lapena B., Xiong W., Kraft S., Kowalchuk R., Blair M. (2016). Environmental Systems Simulations for Carbon, Energy, Nitrogen, Water, and Watersheds: Design Principles and Pilot Testing. Journal of Geoscience Education, Vol. 64, No. 2, pp. 115-124.

Perez Lapena B., K. M. Wijnberg, A. Stein and S. J. M. H. Hulscher (2013). Spatial variogram estimation from temporally aggregated seabird count data. Environmental and Ecological Statistics, 20:353–375.

Perez Lapena B., K. M. Wijnberg, A. Stein and S. J. M. H. Hulscher (2011). Spatial factors affecting statistical power in testing marine fauna displacement. Ecological Applications, 21:2756–2769.

Perez Lapena B., K. M. Wijnberg, S. J. M. H. Hulscher and A. Stein (2011). Simulation-based impact assessment of offshore wind farms on seabirds. Journal of Sustainability Science and Management, 6:107–117.

Perez Lapena B., K. M. Wijnberg, S. J. M. H. Hulscher and A. Stein (2010). Environmental impact assessment of offshore wind farms: a simulation-based approach. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47: 1110–1118.

van der Veen H., Perez Lapena B., Roos P. C., Hulscher S. J. M. H., Knaapen, M. (2006). Influence of sandpits on the North Sea seabed. Paper presented at 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2006, San Diego, United States, 352-353.


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