Hans van der Kwast MSc

Senior Lecturer in GIS and Spatial Data Management


Since April 2012 he works at IHE Delft. In his teaching he actively promotes the use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and open data by young professionals in the Global South and help them to become innovative entrepreneurs.

He is currently involved in many research and capacity development projects such as projects for the implementation of spatial data infrastructures (SDI) for sharing open access data, Citizen Observatories and remote sensing for water productivity and water accounting. He is also coordinating eLearning support for IHE Delft partners.

As a QGIS Certified Lecturer he develops OpenCourseWare, online courses, short courses and tailor made trainings in GIS, remote sensing, modelling and programming. For Open Educational Resources he initiated the GIS OpenCourseWare platform. He is first author of the book QGIS for Hydrological Applications - recipes for catchment hydrology and water management. He actively participates in the QGIS and FOSS4G community and is a board member of the Dutch QGIS User Group. He also developed the PCRaster Tools plugin for QGIS. His YouTube channel with tutorial videos has more than 17k subscribers.


  • Silva, RCG, Gronwall, J., Van der Kwast, J., Danert, K., Foppen J.W. (2020). Estimating domestic self-supply groundwater use in urban continental Africa. Environmental Research Letters 15 (10).

    Zinabu, E., Kelderman, P., Van der Kwast, J., Irvine, K. (2019). Monitoring river water and sediments within a changing Ethiopian catchment to support sustainable development. Environmental monitoring and assessment, 191

    Yalew, SG., Pilz, T., Schweitzer, C., Liersch, S., van der Kwast, J., Van Griensven, A., Mul, M.L., Dickens, C., van der Zaag, P. (2018). Coupling land-use change and hydrologic models for quantification of catchment ecosystem services. Environmental Modelling & Software, 109, 315-328.

    Zinabu, E., Kelderman, P., van der Kwast, J., Irivine, K. (2018). Evaluating the effect of diffuse and point source nutrient transfers on water quality in the Kombolcha River Basin, an industrializing Ethiopian catchment. Land Degradation & Development.

    Zinabu, E., Kelderman, P., van der Kwast, J., Irvine, K. (2017). Impacts and policy implications of heavy metals effluent discharges into the industrial zone of rivers: a Sub-Saharan countries view, Ethiopia. Environmental Management.

    Zinabu, E., van der Kwast, J., Kelderman, P., Irvine, K. (2017). Estimating total nitrogen and phosphorous losses in a data-poor Ethiopean catchment. Journal of Environmental Quality, 46.

    Essa, W., Verbeiren, B., van der Kwast, J., Batelaan, O. (2017). Improved DisTrad for downscaling thermal MODIS imagery over urban areas. Remote Sensing, 9, 1243.

    Hartanto, I.M., van der Kwast, J., Alexandridis, T.K., Almeida, W., Song, Y., van Andel, S.J., Solomatine, D.P. (2017). Data assimilation of satellite-based actual evapotranspiration in a distributed hydrological model of a controlled water system. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 57, 123-135.

    Minaya, V., Corzo, G., van der Kwast, J., Mynett, A. (2016). Simulating Gross Primary Production and Stand Hydrological Processes of paramo Grasslands in the Ecuadorian Andean Region Using the Biome-BGC Model. Soil Science, 181, 335-346

    Van de Voorde, T., Van der Kwast, J., Poelmans, L., Canters, F., Binard, M., Cornet, Y., Engelen, G., Uljee, I., Shahumyan, H., Williams, B., Convery, S., Lavalle, C. (2016). Projecting alternative urban growth patterns: The development and application of a remote sensing assisted calibration framework for the Greater Dublin Area. Ecological Indicators, 60, 1056-1069.

    Minaya, V., Corzo, G., Romero-Saltos, H., Van der Kwast, J., Lantinga, E., Galarraga-Sanchez, R., Mynett, A. (2015). Altitudinal analysis of carbon stocks in the Antisana paramo, Ecuadorian Andes. Journal of Plant Ecology.

    Van Hoey, S., Seuntjens, P., van der Kwast, J., Nopens, I. (2014). A qualitative model structure sensitivity analysis method to support model selection. Journal of Hydrology, 519, 3426-3435.

    Van Hoey, S., Nopens, I., van der Kwast, J., & Seuntjens, P. (2014). Dynamic identifiability analysis based model structure evaluation considering rating curve uncertainty. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 20, published online.

    Schmitz, O., Salvadore, E., Poelmans, L., van der Kwast, J., & Karssenberg, D. (2014). A framework to resolve spatio-temporal misalignment in component-based modelling, Journal of Hydroinformatics, 16, 850-871.

    Essa, W., van der Kwast, J., Verbeiren, N., & Batelaan, O. (2013). Downscaling of thermal images over urban areas using the land surface temperature-impervious percentage relationship. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 23, 95–108

    Essa, W., Verbeiren, B., van der Kwast, J., Van de Voorde, T., & Batelaan, O. (2012). Evaluation of the DisTrad thermal sharpening methodology for urban areas. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 19, 163–172.

    Vermaat, J. E., Broekx, S., van Eck, B., Engelen, G., Hellmann, F., de Kok, J., van der Kwast, H., Maes, J., Salomons, W., & van Deursen, W. (2012). Nitrogen source apportionment for the catchment, estuary, and adjacent coastal waters of the River Scheldt. Ecology and Society 17, 30

    van der Kwast, J., Van de Voorde, T., Canters, F., Uljee, I., Van Looy, S., & Engelen, G. (2011). Inferring urban land use using the optimised spatial reclassification kernel. Environmental Modelling & Software, 26(11), 1279-1288.

    Su, Z., Timmermans, W. J., van der Tol, C., Dost, R. J. J., Bianchi, R., Gmez, J. A., House, A., Hajnsek, I., Menenti, M., Magliulo, V., Esposito, M., Haarbrink, R., Bosveld, F. C., Rothe, R., Baltink, H. K., Vekerdy, Z., Sobrino, J. A., Timmermans, J., van Laake, P., Salama, S., van der Kwast, H., Claassen, E., Stolk, A., Jia, L., Moors, E., Hartogensis, O., and Gillespie, A. (2009). EAGLE 2006 – multi-purpose, multi-angle and multi-sensor in-situ, airborne and space borne campaigns over grassland and forest, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 833-845.

    Van der Kwast, J., Timmermans, W., Gieske, A., Su, Z., Olioso, A., Jia, L., Elbers, J., Karssenberg, D. and de Jong, S. (2009). Evaluation of the Surface Energy Balance System (SEBS) applied to ASTER Imagery with Flux-measurements at the SPARC 2004 Site (Barrax, Spain). Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 1337-1347.

    Su, Z., Timmermans, W., Gieske, A., Jia, L., Elbers, J.A., Olioso, A., Timmermans, J., Van der Velde, R., Jin, X., Van der Kwast, H., Nerry, F., Sabol, D., Sobrino, J.A., Moreno, J., Bianchi, R. (2008). Quantification of land-atmosphere exchanges of water, energy and carbon dioxide in space and time over the heterogeneous Barrax site. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 29:17, 5215-5235.

    Karssenberg, D., De Jong, K., Van der Kwast, J. (2007). Modelling landscape dynamics with Python. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 5, 483-495.

    Nick, F., van der Kwast, J., Oerlemans, J. (2007) Numerical modelling on Breidamerjokull. Journal of Geophysical Research 112, 1-12.


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