Solomon Seyoum

Senior Lecturer in Water Accounting


Solomon Seyoum is a lecturer in Water accounting in Integrated Water Systems and Governance Department, IHE Delft. His main qualification is in hydrological and hydrodynamic modelling of water systems, application of remotely sensed products in water resources modelling and accounting and development and application of data driven and numerical simulation models for integrated water management. He has more than fifteen years of research and industrial experience. He has a combined educational background in hydroinformatics and water resources engineering. Solomon has been teaching urban hydrology and hydraulics for MSc student at IHE Delft and VUB and has lectured on subjects of urban drainage, flood modelling, GIS and supervised several MSc research theses at IHE. Solomon has been involved in projects and research assignments that focused on Water Accounting, flood modelling and flood risk management, assessment of climate change impacts on river basins and urban water systems, application of remote sensing and GIS technologies and modelling applications for integrated water resources management such as FAO’s Water Accounting project, Waternomics and SWITCH projects at IHE and FloodCitieSense and HiWET projects at Vrije Universtiet Brussel (VUB).

His main research interest includes integration of remotely sensed products and non-traditional data sources in hydrological modelling studies, urban water systems modelling and management, and Big data analysis for better water resources management. He has worked with a variety of specialized water system software packages and with several programming languages, including Python, MATLAB, C++, and Java Script.

Prior to joining IHE Delft Solomon worked for Vrije Universtiet Brussel as a senior researcher where he was involved in reserach projects and teaching activities. Solomon has also worked for government and consultancy firms in Ethiopia for which he was involved in the study, design, modelling and management of urban drainage, water supply, stormwater and wastewater systems.


  • J.S. Kemerink, N.L.T. Chinguno, S.D. Seyoum, R. Ahlers, P. van der Zaag, (2015), “Jumping the water queue: changing waterscapes under water reform processes in rural Zimbabwe”, Water SA Vol. 43 No.3, July 2017.
  • Alvesa, A. Sanchez, S. Seyoum, Z. Vojinovic, M. Babel and D. Brdjanovic (2015), “Evolutionary multi-objective assessment of BMP systems for CSO reduction”, Water 2016, 8(9), 402; doi: 10.3390/w8090402.
  • S.D. Seyoum, Z. Vojinovic, R.K. Price, and S. Weesakul (2012), “A Coupled 1D and Non-Inertia 2D Flood Inundation Model for Simulation of Urban Flooding”, ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 138(1).23-34 (IF:1.48 ).
  • Vojinovic, Z., Seyoum S., Mawalwaka M., Fikri A., (2011), “Effect of Model Schematization, Geometry and Paraameter Values on Urban flood Modelling”, Water Science and Technology 63(3), 462-467.
  • Vojinovic, Z., Seyoum, S., Salum, M.H., Price, R.K., Fikri, A.F. and Abebe, Y., (2012),” Modelling floods in urban areas and representation of buildings with a method based on adjusted conveyance and storage characteristics”, Journal of Hydroinformatics (IF:1.20), IWA Publishing, In Press, doi:10.2166/hydro.2012.181.
  • Vojinovic, Z., Sahlu, S., Torres, A.S., Seyoum, S., Anvarifar, F., Matungulu, H., Barreto, W., Savic, D.  and Kapelan, K., (2013),” Multi-objective robust rehabilitation of urban drainage systems under uncertainties”, Journal of Hydroinformatics, Vol 16 No 5 pp 1044–1061, IWA Publishing, doi:10.2166/hydro.2014.223
  • Solomon Seyoum, Patrik Willems and Boud Verbrien (2019) “Data-Driven Models for Pluvial Flood Forecasting in Brussels”, Novatech 2019 - 10th international conference on Urban Water – Strategies and solutions for sustainable management, July 1-5, 2019 - INSA Lyon, France.
  • Solomon Seyoum, Tadesse Abitew, Joanna Suliga, Hans van der Kwast, Miguel Barros, Boud Verbrien, Ann van Griensven (2018) “Assimilation of Remote Sensing-based Evapotranspiration in a Distributed Hydrological Model in a Wetland Dominated Watershed”, to be presented on AGU Fall Meeting 2018, December 10-14, Washington DC, USA
  • Boud Verbeiren, Solomon Dagnachew Seyoum, Ihab Lubbad, Tian Xin, Marie-Claire ten Veldhuis, Christian Onof, Li-Pen Wang, Susana Ochoa-Rodriguez, Carina Veeckman, Michelle Boonen, Linda See, Dominique Nalpas, Barry O’Brien, Andy Johnston and Patrick Willems (2018) “FloodCitiSense: Early Warning Service For Urban Pluvial Floods For And By Citizens and City Authorities” 11th International Conference on Urban Drainage Modelling, September 23-26, Palermo, Italy
  • SD. Seyoum, L. Alfonso, S. van Andel, W. Koole, A, Groenewegen and N. van de Giesen (2016), “A Shazam-like household water leakage detection method”, 18th Conference on Water Distribution System Analysis, WDSA 2016, July 24 - 28, Cartagena, Colombia.
  • SD. Seyoum and B. Zaman (2015), “Optimizing Best Management Practices configurations for retrofitting of Urban Stormwater Drainage Systems using open source Tools”, 3rd Open Water Symposium and Workshop, September 16-17, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • M.D.F. Paredes, A.S. Torres, Z. Vojinovic, and S. Seyoum (2014). “Multi-Objective-Rehabilitation of Urban Drainage Systems within the Flood Risk Framework”, 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, 2014, August 17 – 21, New York, USA
  • Y.A. Abebe, S. Seyoum, Z. Vojinovic, and R.K. Price (2014). “Comparison of 2D Numerical Schemes for Modelling Supercritical and Transcritical Flows Along Urban Floodplains”, 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, 2014, August 17 – 21, New York, USA
  • Y. Abayneh, Z. Vojinovic, S.D. Seyoum and R.K. Price (2013). “Comparison of Numerical Schemes for Modelling Supercritical and Transcritical Flows Along Urban Floodplains”, International Conference on Flood Resilience, 2013, September 5-7, Exeter, UK
  • Z. Vojinovic, S.D. Seyoum, R. Price, M. Salum, A. Fikri and Y. Abebe (2012), “Terrain data processing and treatment of different features for urban flood modelling”, Hydroinformatics conference, 2012, July14-18, Hamburg, Germany
  • Z. Vojinovic, F. Anvarifar, H. Matungulu, A.S. Torres, S.D. Seyoum, W. Barreto, R. Price (2012) “Multi-criteria risk-based optimisation of urban drainage assets” Hydroinformatics conference, 2012, July14-18, Hamburg, Germany
  • Z. Vojinovic, S.D. Seyoum, R. Price, M. Salum, A. Fikri and Y. Abebe (2012), Terrain data processing and treatment of different features for urban flood modelling, Hydroinformatics conference, 2012, July14-18 , Hamburg , Germany.
  • O. Andino, A. Pathirana, S.D. Seyoum and D. Brdjanovic (2012) “Development and application of an optimization tool for urban drainage network design under uncertainty”, 9th International Conference on Urban Drainage Modelling, Belgrade, Serbia, September 3-7.
  • Hodzic A., Vojinovic Z., Seyoum S.D., Pathirana A., Meijer S.C.F., and Brdjanovic D. (2011), “Model-based evaluation of the urban wastewater infrastructure reconstruction options in a developing country: Case study Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina”. 2nd IWA Development Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Seyoum S., Vojinovic Z. and Price, R., 2010, Urban Pluvial Flood Modeling: Development and Application, 9th International Conference on Hydroinformatics 2010, Tianjin, China September 7-11.
  • Seyoum S., Vojinovic Z. and Price, R., 2009, Integrated Modelling of Urban Wastewater Systems, 8th International Conference on Urban Drainage Modelling, Tokyo, Japan September 7-12.
  • Seyoum S. and Vojinovic Z., 2008, Integrated Urban Water Systems Meodelling with a Simplified Surrogate Modular Approach, 11th International Conference on Urban Drainage, Edinburgh, Scotland, August 31-Septemeber 5.


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