Kees Nederhoff

PhD candidate


Kees Nederhoff is a coastal scientist and geomorphologist, advising coastal development and flood resilience projects throughout the world. He is originally from the Netherlands where he received an MSc in Coastal Engineering (2014) from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) after which he started working at Deltares. Since 2019, he works for Deltares USA and is based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. His specialty lies in assessing hazards, impacts, and risks of extreme conditions such as storms and hurricanes in estuaries, coastal regions, and atoll islands. In his work, he collaborates closely with local, state, and federal organizations including, among others, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Alameda County Flood Control District, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In 2022, he started his Ph.D. part which is funded by Deltares. Kees does his Ph.D. remotely and part-time from San Jose, CA.

Research Summary

Coastal and inland flooding damage property and endanger lives. Large-scale coastal risk assessment frameworks offer an efficient way to identify hotspots along the coastline at a large scale and guide policymakers and coastal managers in decision-making and adaptation planning. Along the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts, tropical cyclones (TCs) are one of the largest drivers of coastal flood risk. However, few compound flood risk assessments have explicitly accounted for TC events due to their sparse occurrence in the historical record and challenges in representing TCs within reanalysis datasets and typical global circulation models (GCMs). The overall objective of my Ph.D. research study is twofold. First, to improve the description of TCs for compound flood assessments. Second, to improve and apply model-based compound flood risk assessments in order to quantify and enhance the understanding of the contribution of TCs.


Nederhoff, K., Erikson, L., Engelstad, A., Bieniek, P., & Kasper, J. (2022). The effect of changing sea ice on wave climate trends along Alaska’s central Beaufort Sea coast. The Cryosphere, 16(5), 1609–1629.
Nederhoff, K., Saleh, R., Tehranirad, B., Herdman, L., Erikson, L., Barnard, P., & van der Wegen, M. (2021). Drivers of extreme water levels in a large, urban, high-energy coastal estuary – A case study of the San Francisco Bay. Coastal Engineering, 170, 103984.
Nederhoff, K., Hoek, J., Leijnse, T., Van Ormondt, M., Caires, S., & Giardino, A. (2020). Simulating synthetic tropical cyclone tracks for statistically reliable wind and pressure estimations. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 21(3), 861–878.
Nederhoff, K., Giardino, A., van Ormondt, M., & Vatvani, D. (2019). Estimates of tropical cyclone geometry parameters based on best-track data. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 19(11), 2359–2370.

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