Marloes Mul

Senior Lecturer in Water Resources Management


Marloes specializes in hydrology and water resources management, and joined IHE Delft in October 2018. She is currently managing the Water Accounting and Water Productivity team within IHE Delft. Next to her activities for this team, she is involved in the EU-funded EUROFLOW project, supervising a PhD student on “Improved reservoir operating policies for implementation of environmental flows”.

Before joining IHE-Delft, Marloes was based in the West Africa Office of IWMI in Accra, Ghana. Here she worked on research projects dealing with dam operation, and natural and built infrastructure in the West Africa region and particularly the Volta Basin. Another key research area focussed on how water storage at different scales can contribute towards climate-resilient agricultural farming systems, through assessing climate change projections and assessing how storage options, including aquifer storage and recovery, can contribute towards more reliable water supply for agriculture.

Before joining IWMI in 2013, she worked at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, in Delft, the Netherlands, as a senior lecturer in water resources management, and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe between 2004 and 2007. Her PhD research was on ‘Understanding hydrological processes in an ungauged catchment in Southern Africa’, during which she did extensive hydrological fieldwork in the Pangani River Basin in Tanzania. The research formed part of the ‘Smallholder systems innovations in integrated watershed management (SSI)’ project, focusing on enhancing smallholder livelihoods through improving food productivity. After her PhD, Marloes worked on various capacity building and research projects in both Southern Africa and South-East Asia, focusing on issues such as water allocation, addressing and resolving transboundary water issues, small and large dams, integrated natural resource management and integrated water resources management.



Williams, T.O., Mul, M.L., Biney, C., Smakhtin, V.(eds). The Volta River Basin. Water for Food, Economic Growth and Environment. Routledge

Mul, M.L. 2009. Understanding hydrological processes in an ungauged catchment in sub-Saharan Africa. PhD thesis UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Netherlands


Publications in peer-reviewed journal:

Kiptala, J.K., Mul, M.L., Mohamed, Y., Bastiaanssen, W. and van der Zaag, P. accepted. Mapping the biomass, crop and economic water productivity of agricultural and natural land uses in an African landscape using remotely sensed data. Remote Sensing

Yalew, S. G., Pilz, T., Schweitzer, C., Liersch, S., van der Kwast, J., van Griensven, A., Mul, M., 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.

Kiptala, J., Mul, M.L., Mohamed, Y., Van der Zaag, P. 2018. Multi-objective analysis of the green-blue water uses in a highly utilized basin. Case study of Pangani Basin, Africa. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 144 (8), 05018010

Reinhardt, J., Liersch, S., Abdeladhim, M., Diallo, M., Dickens, C., Fournet, S., Hattermann, F., Kabaseke, C., Muhumuza, M., Mul, M., Pilz, T., Otto, I., Walz, A. 2018. Systematic evaluation of scenario assessments supporting sustainable integrated natural resources management: Evidence from four case studies in Africa. Ecology and Society, 23(1): 5.

Owusu, S., Mul, M., Ghansah, B., Kadyampakeni, D., Awotwe-Pratt, V., Osei-Owusu, P.K., 2017. Assessing land suitability for aquifer storage and recharge in northern Ghana using remote sensing and GIS Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis technique. Modelling Earth Systems and Environment, 3 (4), 1383–1393

Yalew, S. G., Mul, M.L., van Griensven, A., Teferi, E., Priess, J., Schweitzer, C., van Der Zaag, P., 2016. Land-use change modelling in the Upper Blue Nile Basin. Environments, 3(3):1-16.

Yalew, S.G., van Griensven, A., Mul, M.L., van der Zaag, P., 2016. Land suitability analysis for agriculture in the Abbay basin using remote sensing, GIS and AHP techniques. Modelling Earth System Environment, 2: 101.

Kiptala, J.K., Mul, M.L., Mohamed, Y., van der Zaag, P., 2014. Modelling stream flow and quantifying blue water using modified STREAM model for a heterogeneous, highly utilized and data-scarce river basin in Africa. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18, 2287-2303.

Douven, W., Mul, M.L., Son, L., Bakker, N., Radosevich, G., Hendriks, A., 2014. Games to create awareness and design policies for transboundary cooperation in river basins: lessons from the Shariva game of the Mekong River Commission. Water Resources Management, 28, 1431-1447.

Kiptala, J.K., Mohamed, Y., Mul, M.L., and Van der Zaag, P., 2013. Mapping evapotranspiration trends using MODIS and SEBAL model in a data scarce and heterogeneous landscape in Eastern Africa, Water Resources Research, 49, 8495–8510.

Kiptala, J., Mohamed, Y., Mul, M.L., Cheema, M.J.M., van der Zaag, P., 2013. Land use and land cover classification using phenological variability from MODIS vegetation in the Upper Pangani River Basin, Eastern Africa. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 66, 112-122.

Fischer, B.M.C., Mul, M.L., Savenije, H.H.G., 2013. Determining spatial variability of dry spells, a Markov based method, applied to the Makanya catchment, Tanzania. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 17, 2161-2170.

Douven, W., Mul, M.L., Fernandez-Alvarez, B., Lam Hung, S., Bakker, N., Radosevich, G., van der Zaag, P., 2012. Enhancing capacities of riparian professionals to address and resolve transboundary issues in international river basins: experiences from the Lower Mekong River Basin. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 16, 3183-3197.

Komakech, H.C., van der Zaag, P., Mul, M.L., Mwakalukwa, T.A., Kemerink, J.S., 2012. Formalization of water allocation systems and impacts on local practices in the Hingilili sub-catchment, Tanzania. International Journal of River Basin Management 10(3), 213-227.

Hrachowitz, M., Bohte, R., Mul, M.L., Bogaard, T.A., Savenije, H.H.G., Uhlenbrook, S., 2011. On the value of combined event runoff and tracer analysis to improve understanding of catchment functioning in a data-scarce semi-arid area. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 15, 2007-2024.

Komakech, C.H., Mul, M.L., van der Zaag, P., and Rwehumbiza, F.B.R., 2010. Water allocation and management in an emerging spate irrigation system in Makanya catchment, Tanzania. Agricultural Water Management 98, 1719 – 1726.

Mul, M.L., Kemerink, J.S., van der Zaag, P., Vyagusa, N.F., Mshana, G., Makurira, H., 2011. Water allocation practices among smallholder farmers in South Pare Mountains, Tanzania; The issue of scales. Agricultural Water Management 98, 1752– 1760.

Pachpute, J.S., Tumbo, S.D., Sally, H., Mul, M.L., 2009. Sustainability of rainwater harvesting systems in rural catchment of sub-Saharan Africa. Water Resources Management 23, 2815–2839.

Mul, M.L., Savenije, H.H.G., Uhlenbrook, S., 2009. Spatial rainfall variability and runoff response during an extreme event in a semi-arid, meso-scale catchment in the South Pare Mountains, Tanzania. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 13, 1659–1670.

Mul, M.L., Mutiibwa, R.K., Uhlenbrook, S., Savenije, H.H.G., 2008. Hydrograph separation using hydrochemical tracers in the Makanya catchment, Tanzania. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 33(1-2), 151-156.

Makurira, H., Mul, M.L., Vyagusa, N.F., Uhlenbrook, S., Savenije, H.H.G., 2007. Evaluation of community-driven smallholder irrigation in dryland South Pare Mountains, Tanzania: A case study of Manoo micro dam. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 32(15-18), 1090-1097.

Mul, M.L., Mutiibwa, R.K., Foppen, J.W.A., Uhlenbrook, S., Savenije, H.H.G., 2007. Identification of groundwater flow systems using geological mapping and chemical spring analysis in South Pare Mountains, Tanzania. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 32(15-18), 1015-1022.

Mutiro, J., Makurira, H., Senzanje, A., Mul, M.L., 2006. Water productivity analysis for smallholder rainfed systems: A case study of Makanya catchment, Tanzania. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 31(15-16), 901-909.

Moyo, R., Love, D., Mul, M.L., Mupangwa, W., Twomlow, S., 2006. Impact and sustainability of low-head drip irrigation kits, in the semi-arid Gwanda and Beitbridge Districts, Mzingwane catchment, Limpopo basin, Zimbabwe. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 31(15-16), 885-892.

Kileshye Onema, J.-M., Mazvimavi, D., Love, D., Mul, M.L., 2006. Effects of selected dams on river flows of Insiza river, Zimbabwe. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 31(15-16), 870-875.

Sengo, D.J., Kachapila, A., van der Zaag, P., Mul, M., Nkomo, S., 2005. Valuing environmental water pulses into the Incomati estuary: Key to achieving equitable and sustainable utilisation of transboundary waters. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 30(11-16), 648-657.  


Professional Affiliations :

Editorial board member of Frontiers in Environmental Science (2018-present)

Editor of the annual WaterNet special issues of Physics and Chemistry of the Earth (Elsevier) (2011-present)

Guest lecturer at National University of Ireland, CCAFS MSc program (2016-present)

Guest lecturer at Haramaya University, University of Zimbabwe, Kumasi National University of Science and Technology, National University of Rwanda, University of Dar Es Salaam (2004-2010)

Visiting lecturer University of Zimbabwe (2003-2007)


Professional Certification or Membership in Professional Associations :

Member of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)

2013 Best Journal of River Basin Management Paper Award for Komakech et al., 2012.


Connect with us

Never miss a thing!