Tim Busker MSc

Project Coordinator


Tim Busker is a researcher in the Flood Resilience chair group (Water Science and Engineering department) at IHE Delft. He holds a Bachelor (honours) degree in Earth and Economics (cum laude) from the VU University Amsterdam and a Master degree in Earth Surface and Water from Utrecht University. Over the years, Tim specialized in applying remote sensing and GIS techniques to water and flood management. He contributed to a paper of IHE Delft about flooding in the Egyptian city Alexandria by assessing the implications of land-use changes in the city on flood risk. He worked as a researcher in the Water and Marine Resources Unit of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), where he published a paper in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS) about a new methodology to monitor lakes and reservoirs globally using remote sensing. He served as a young water ambassador for the Dutch government (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Rijkswaterstaat and Topsector Water) between 2015-2017, for which he attended multiple international events, and provided guest lectures at secondary schools and universities.

Tim is currently teaching in various MSc courses related to climate change, remote sensing and urban flood management and resilience, and supports in the organization of the ‘Greening Risk Reduction with Nature Based Solutions’ summer course. He contributes to various international projects, represents IHE in the EU Interreg Building with Nature project and is the work package leader of the ‘Research and Capacity Building Facility’ work package of the Interreg FAIR project.


Busker, T., Roo, A. D., Gelati, E., Schwatke, C., Adamovic, M., Bisselink, B., ... & Cottam, A. (2019). A global lake and reservoir volume analysis using a surface water dataset and satellite altimetry. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 23(2), 669-690.

Zevenbergen, C., Bhattacharya, B., Wahaab, R. A., Elbarki, W. A. I., Busker, T., & Rodriguez, C. S. (2017). In the aftermath of the October 2015 Alexandria Flood Challenges of an Arab city to deal with extreme rainfall storms. Natural hazards, 86(2), 901-917.

Busker, T. S., & Zevenbergen, C. (2015). Land use change mapping and analysis in Kendari using Remote Sensing.

Busker, T. S., Pathirana, A., & Zevenbergen, C. (2015). Rainfall runoff control in Batam Towards a green and flood resilience drainage system in the Nagoya district.


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