Climate Change

To mark the signing of the historic United Nations climate agreement in New York on 22 April 2016, IHE Delft has compiled a showcase of recent work. Our water experts support governments, cities, private sector organizations, development agencies, research and education institutes worldwide in tackling issues caused by climate change. Download our special issue on climate change and find selected references on this page.

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.

Selected references

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

Gupta, J. (2014). The history of global climate change governance. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781107040519. URL:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

Project reports

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'.

BBC interview on the AXA Climate Change &Coastal Risk research program  

Links to educational programmes

Short course Integrated Water Resources Management as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change

Joint Master programme ‘Groundwater and Global Change’

PhD thesis


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. 


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