River Basin Development

The River Basin Development chair group investigates processes in the natural and built environment, which are determinant for the design and planning of sustainable water infrastructures prepared for global change.

Our research focuses on the balance of key elements of a river basin such as water and sediment, which implies the interaction of these with climate, geomorphology, the biosphere and human made constructions. The equilibrium (or availability); the excess and the scarcity of these natural elements are decisive for the safety of society, access to food, energy production and the environment. The River Basin Development chair group investigates processes in the natural and built environment which are determinant for the design and planning of sustainable water infrastructures prepared for global change.

The four main lines of research of the chair group are:

Water availability, excess and scarcity

Natural environment

Sustainable water infrastructures

Mapping and remote sensing

MSc programme

Click here for more information on IHE Delft Master of Science in Water Science and Engineering, specialization in Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development.

Project News

HydroPC: Operational hydrological forecasting using publicly available data and free cloud-based technologies (Mozambique)

This new project will provide practical, sustainable, and state-of-the-art technologies for hydrological forecasting and mapping based on free global data sources, free cloud computing, and open-source software. It will also produce and disseminate timely and reliable information on oncoming hydrological threats such as floods and droughts. Together with the Unidade de Controle de Cheias e Secas (UCCS), the team will develop a flexible data management environment that combines global data sets with official national hydrological data and publishes processed data online.

The team says: “It appeared that the official hydrological data available to the UCCS are highly variable in spatial and historical coverage, still require proper validation, and that key processing and forecasting tools were outdated or unsustainable because of high licensing costs. Also, the hydrological products provided by the UCCS could still be improved to better serve the needs of various stakeholders groups, which range from disaster management organizations, water suppliers, and the agricultural sector. Together, we realized that global data sets and open source software were needed to improve services.”

Read more here.

Reflection of Stockholm World Water Week event 

Short courses

The River Basin Development chair group offers the following short courses to water professionals, engineers and managers to deepen their knowledge in crucial water related issues, such as:

Staff members

PhD fellows

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