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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.

Expertise

Saltmarsh
Ecosystem
Ecosystems
Hydrodynamics
Shellfish
Vegetation
Tidal Flat
Morphodynamics

Ancillary Activities

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

Research

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.

Publications

Recent
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
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
van der Wal, D., Lambert, G. I., Ysebaert, T., Plancke, Y. M. G., & Herman, P. M. J. (2017). Hydrodynamic conditioning of diversity and functional traits in subtidal estuarine macrozoobenthic communities. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 197, 80-92. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2017.08.012
Gillis, L. G., Jones, C. G., Ziegler, A. D., van der Wal, D., Breckwoldt, A., & Bouma, T. J. (2017). Opportunities for protecting and restoring tropical coastal ecosystems by utilizing a physical connectivity approach. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4(NOV), [374]. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00374
Van Belzen, J., Van De Koppel, J., Kirwan, M. L., Van Der Wal, D., Herman, P. M. J., Dakos, V., ... Bouma, T. J. (2017). Vegetation recovery in tidal marshes reveals critical slowing down under increased inundation. Nature communications, 8, 15811. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15811

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Contact Details

Visiting Address

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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Mailing Address

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