prof.dr. D. van der Wal (Daphne)

Full Professor

About Me

Daphne van der Wal is full professor Spatial Water Quality and Aquatic Systems in the Department of Water Resources, Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC) of University of Twente, Enschede. In addition, she is senior scientist at NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, in the Department of Estuarine and Delta Systems, Yerseke.

Her background is in physical geography. She obtained her PhD in 1999 from the University of Amsterdam, and was a postdoctoral research fellow from 1999 up to 2002 at Royal Holloway, University of London.


Earth & Environmental Sciences
Tidal Flat
Agriculture & Biology
Remote Sensing
Salt Marshes

Ancillary Activities

  • NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research; NWO-I
    Senior Scientist
  • UT, contribution to AMW
    Platform Aard- en Milieuwetenschappen (AMW)
    Member Tafel Aardwetenschappen NWO-ENW


Daphne van der Wal is an expert in earth observation of coastal, estuarine, and delta systems. Using earth observation, her main interest is in understanding the functioning of aquatic systems, with focus on the physical processes in the coastal zone and their interaction with biology. Topics also include the response of aquatic systems to climate change and human impact, as well as risks (e.g., flooding) and services (e.g., nature-based flood risk reduction) of the coastal zone.

Approaches include satellite, airborne and near-surface remote sensing in the optical, radar/SAR, and TIR domain, combined with big data analyses and modelling tools.

Key qualifications include: remote sensing, geo-information, spatial patterns, coastal processes, river-sea interactions, water quality, wetlands, bio-geomorphology, morphology, sediment dynamics, aeolian dynamics, nature-based solutions.


Marin-Diaz, B., Govers, L. L. , van der Wal, D., Olff, H., & Bouma, T. J. (2022). The importance of marshes providing soil stabilization to resist fast‐flow erosion in case of a dike breach. Ecological applications, 32(6), [e2622]. https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.2622
van de Vijsel, R. C., van Belzen, J., Bouma, T. J. , van der Wal, D., & van de Koppel, J. (2021). Algal‐induced biogeomorphic feedbacks lay the groundwork for coastal wetland development. Journal of geophysical research : Biogeosciences, 126(10), 1-17. [e2021JG006515]. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JG006515
Marin-Diaz, B., Fivash, G. S., Nauta, J., Temmink, R. J. M., Hijner, N., Reijers, V. C., Cruijsen, P. P. M. J. M., Didderen, K., Heusinkveld, J. H. T., Penning, E., Maldonado-Garcia, G., van Belzen, J., de Smit, J. C., Christianen, M. J. A., van der Heide, T. , van der Wal, D., Olff, H., Bouma, T. J., & Govers, L. L. (2021). On the use of large-scale biodegradable artificial reefs for intertidal foreshore stabilization. Ecological engineering, 170, 1-9. [106354]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2021.106354
Marin-Diaz, B., Govers, L. L. , van der Wal, D., Olff, H., & Bouma, T. J. (2021). How grazing management can maximize erosion resistance of salt marshes. Journal of applied ecology, 58(7), 1533-1544. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13888
Oteman, B. F. (2021). Remote sensing of salt marsh vegetation stress. University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036551359
Hu, Z. , Willemsen, P. W. J. M. , Borsje, B. W., Wang, C., Wang, H. , van der Wal, D., Zhu, Z. , Oteman, B. F., Vuik, V., Evans, B., Möller, I., Belliard, J-P., Van Braeckel, A., Temmerman, S., & Bouma, T. J. (2021). Synchronized high-resolution bed-level change and biophysical data from 10 marsh–mudflat sites in northwestern Europe. Earth system science data, 13(2), 405-416. https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-405-2021

UT Research Information System


M-GEO Common course Global Challenges, Local Action:

Coordination of The coastal project

Affiliated Study Programmes


Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC (building no. 75), room 5-147
Hengelosestraat 99
7514AE  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC  5-147
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands