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 1 Oct 1999 until 1 Jan 2002 at Royal Holloway, University of London. In Mar 2002, she joined the former Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology in Yerseke, since 2012 part of NIOZ.

Ancillary Activities

  • UT, contribution to AMW
    Platform Aard- en Milieuwetenschappen (AMW)
    Member Tafel Aardwetenschappen NWO-ENW
  • Frontiers in Marine Science
    (Guest) topic editor "Coastal Rewilding as a Nature-Based Solution"
  • NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research; NWO-I
    Research leader


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 statistical modelling, use of radiative transfer models, big data analyses.

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

See research output at ORCID and PURE.



Marin‐Diaz, B. , van der Wal, D., Kaptein, L., Martinez‐Garcia, P., Lashley, C. H., Jong, K. D., Nieuwenhuis, J. W., Govers, L. L., Olff, H., & Bouma, T. J. (2023). Using salt marshes for coastal protection: Effective but hard to get where needed most. Journal of applied ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14413
De Liz Arcari, A. , Tavora, J. , Retsios, V. , van der Wal, D. , & Salama, M. S. (2023). Towards operational water quality monitoring with an analytical radiative transfer model. In Anais do XX Simpósio Brasileiro de Sensoriamento Remoto (Vol. 20). Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE).
Nauta, J., Christianen, M. J. A., Temmink, R. J. M., Fivash, G. S., Marin-Diaz, B., Reijers, V. C., Didderen, K., Penning, E., Borst, A. C. W., Heusinkveld, J. H. T., Zwarts, M., Cruijsen, P. M. J. M., Hijner, N., Lengkeek, W., Lamers, L. P. M., van der Heide, T., Bouma, T. J. , van der Wal, D., Olff, H., & Govers, L. L. (2023). Biodegradable artificial reefs enhance food web complexity and biodiversity in an intertidal soft-sediment ecosystem. Journal of applied ecology, 60(3), 541-552. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14348
van Bijsterveldt, C. E. J. , van der Wal, D., Gijón Mancheño, A., Fivash, G. S., Helmi, M., & Bouma, T. J. (2023). Can cheniers protect mangroves along eroding coastlines? The effect of contrasting foreshore types on mangrove stability. Ecological engineering, 187, [106863]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2022.106863

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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
Langezijds (building no. 19), room 1105
Hallenweg 8
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds  1105
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands