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.


Tidal Flat

Ancillary Activities

  • NIOZ, for VNSC / Rijkswaterstaat
    Expert Ecology, Flexibel Stort Overleg, VNSC
  • NIOZ
    Expert NIOZ in SBIR “Satellietdatagebruik waterkwaliteit Eems-Dollard
  • NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research; NWO-I
    Senior Scientist


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.


Ma, Z., Ysebaert, T., van der Wal, D., & Herman, P. M. J. (2018). Conditional effects of tides and waves on short-term marsh sedimentation dynamics. Earth surface processes and landforms, 43, 2243-2255. [https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/esp.4357]. DOI: 10.1002/esp.4357
Nieuwhof, S., Van Belzen, J., Oteman, B., Van De Koppel, J., Herman, P. M. J., & Van Der Wal, D. (2018). Shellfish Reefs Increase Water Storage Capacity on Intertidal Flats Over Extensive Spatial Scales. Ecosystems, 21(2), 360-372. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-017-0153-9
Daggers, T. D., Kromkamp, J. C., Herman, P. M. J., & Van Der Wal, D. (2018). A model to assess microphytobenthic primary production in tidal systems using satellite remote sensing. Remote sensing of environment, 211, 129-145. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2018.03.037
Cornacchia, L., Van De Koppel, J., Van Der Wal, D., Wharton, G., Puijalon, S., & Bouma, T. J. (2018). Landscapes of facilitation: how self-organized patchiness of aquatic macrophytes promotes diversity in streams. Ecology, 99(4), 832-847. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2018.99.issue-4
Van Belzen, J., Van De Koppel, J., Van Der Wal, D., Herman, P. M. J., Dakos, V., Kéfi, S., ... Bouma, T. J. Timing recovery of ecosystems in sequential remotely sensed and simulated data DOI: 10.1038/protex.2017.038
de Vries, M., van Wesenbeeck, B. K., Peralta, G., Moeller, I., van der Wal, D., & Stanica, A. (2017). Zooming in on coastal flood risk: Flood risk is one of the mos pressing challenges facing society today, and MI-Safe can help. Pan European Networks: Science and Technology, 24, 112-113.
Wang, H., van der Wal, D., Li, X., Van Belzen, J., Herman, P. M. J., Hu, Z., ... Bouma, T. J. (2017). Zooming in and out: Scale dependence of extrinsic and intrinsic factors affecting salt marsh erosion. Journal of geophysical research. Earth surface, 122(7), 1455-1470. DOI: 10.1002/2016JF004193
Van der Wal, D., Ysebaert, T., & Herman, P. M. J. (2017). Response of intertidal benthic macrofauna to migrating megaripples and hydrodynamics. Marine ecology - progress series, 585, 17-30. DOI: 10.3354/meps12374

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC (building no. 75), room 5-126
Hengelosestraat 99
7514AE  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC  5-126
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands