SHORT CV OF PROF.DR. S.J.M.H. HULSCHER
From 2002 Prof. dr. Suzanne J.M.H. Hulscher is head of the group Water Engineering & Management. She received her PhD-grade in 1996 at the faculty Physics and Astronomy, on the topic modelling of bed patterns in coastal seas. The research was conducted at WL|Delft Hydraulics and IMAU, Utrecht University. Hereafter she held several scientific positions within the Cluster Civil Engineering & Management at the University of Twente, from 2002 she holds the chair Physics of Watersystems. As guest scientist she stayed in Canada and Spain. In 2002 she won the Minerva-award of FOM (Fundamental Research on Matter). In 2003, she was awarded a VICI-grant of the NWO (Dutch organization of scientific research) to investigate roughness modelling for water management applications. Hereafter she was invited to join the DJA (young senior scientists) of the KNAW (Dutch academy of sciences) and the KNAW council for earth and climate. From 2007-2010 Hulscher was part of the Dutch Innovation Platform, chaired by Balkenende (former Dutch prime minister). Prof. Hulscher acted 29 times as promotor and she supervises 16 PhD students. From 2009 till 2012 prof. Hulscher was member of the committee of sciences & innovation (Commissie van Wijzen). Hulscher chairs the scientific advisory board of the Waddenacademie. Hulscher was member of the committees on the Hedwige polder and the closure barrier IJsselmeer, advising the Dutch government. Hulscher is PI of many STW and ALW projects on sand waves, coastal dunes and river dunes, often collaborating with TUD, UU, WUR, NIOZ and RU in a multi-disciplinary setting. In particular, Hulscher chairs the STW-perspective programme RiverCare in which 5 universities and 33 non-academic partners collaborate. Hulscher is (co-)author of 107 papers in refereed scientific journals (Web of Science) and she chaired the conferences MARID (2004) and RCEM (2007). In 2014 Hulscher entered the Board of NWO-ALW. STW appointed Suzanne Hulscher to Simon Stevin Meester in 2016, which is the highest award in the Technical Sciences in the Netherlands.From 2017 onwards Hulscher is elected member of the KNAW (Dutch academy of sciences).
- M.Sc. Theoretical Physics, with Mathematics as a minor, University of Utrecht, 1991
- Ph.D. Physical Oceanography, University of Utrecht, 1996
WORK EXPERIENCE SINCE GRADUATING
- 2002-pres: Full professor in Water Engineering & Management, inparticular Watersystems, Group leader of Water Engineering & Management, Department of Civil Enigneering, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente (1,0 fte).
- 2001-2002: Associate Professor in Marine Dynamics, Group of Water Engineering & Management, Department of Civil Enigneering, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente (1,0 fte). From April 1st, 2002 ad-interim Group leader of Water Engineering & Management (1,0 fte).
- 1999-2001: Assistant Professor, Group of Integrated Modelling, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Technology & Management, University of Twente (0.6 fte). Researcher (postdoc), Group of Integrated Modelling, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Technology & Management, University of Twente (0.4 fte).
- 1996-1999: Researcher (postdoc), Group of Integrated Modelling, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Technology & Management, University of Twente (1.0 fte).
- 1991-1996: Project engineer WL|Delft Hydraulics, Marknesse, The Netherlands (0.6 fte). Junior researcher IMAU, Utrecht University (0.4 fte).
In 2002, I became head of the group Water Engineering & Management, University of Twente. I hold the chair Marine and Fluvial Systems (MFS). Originally I was trained as a theoretical physicist (Utrecht University). During the PhD (partly at Physical Oceanography Utrecht University, partly Deltares) my focus was on physics of coastal seas. Nowadays, the research group I lead applies analytical and simulation techniques often supported by field or laboratory data to study the dynamics of rivers, coastal areas and offshore, from a civil engineering point of view. My research group gains knowledge of these water systems in order to predict the consequences of human interferences, including building with nature solutions as the sand engine and room for the river measures (flooding, sediment transport, etc.). This is done by analysis of field measurements, laboratory experiments, idealised modelling and complex modelling.
MFS devised a method for modelling human interferences in a morphodynamic setting. This opened perspectives for a new approach towards modelling large-scale sand mining in shallow seas. We have been studying the use of morphodynamical models in a societal context. This resulted in cooperations with social scientists, e.g on safety of coastal dunes, from physical as well as economical perspective.
I first tested earlier theoretical results against real-life observations and showed that bed patterns in the North Sea can be explained as free instabilities. Next, I initiated extended modelling of sandwave dynamics, so that we were the first in developing a fully nonlinear model of finite-amplitude sandwaves, taking a process-based simulation approach as well as a complex modelling approach.
In rivers we made idealized models for river dunes, as well as modelling the transition from dunes to upper stage plane bed, in which river dunes are washed out, which increasingly might occur in rivers due to climate change. I initiated working on modelling biogeomorphology in seas, estuaries, and rivers. We pioneered in modelling the effects of benthos in the marine sea bed and MFS is the first with a fully coupled biogeomorphological model for offshore sand waves and benthos.
Based on laboratory experiments we derived sediment transport formulations for rivers and coastal areas which are used all over the world.
I initiated writing (inter)national research proposals resulting in strong involvement of, and collaboration with, coastal and river managers, engineers and scientists from various disciplines, e.g. biologists, social scientists, mathematicians. I largely invested in creating a good research atmosphere in my group, stimulating internal cooperation, international research exchange, initiating several series of research talks, organising (inter)national conferences and involving MSc-students in our research. We have a highly diverse team (gender, continent, scientific specialisation).
- Harriette Holzhauer
SEAWAD: SEdiment supply At the WAdden Sea ebb-tidal Delta. From system knowledge to mega-nourishments (2016-)
- Isaac Williams
The effect of mega-nourishment projects on sand supply to dunes (2015-)
- Michiel Pezij
Optimizing operational water management with sentinel-1 satellites (2015-)
- Anouk Bomers
Floods of the past – Design for the future (2015-)
- Johan Damveld
Smart and sustainable design for offshore operations in a sandy seabed (2015-)
- Pim Willemsen
Uncertainty in long-term bio-geomorphological dynamics for vegetated foreshores(2015-)
- Koen Berends
Predicting uncertainty for improved river management strategies (2015-)
- Valesca Harezlak
Floodplain restauration: linking processes to landscape patterns (2015-)
- Pepijn van Denderen
River side-channel dynamics (2014-)
- Filipe Galiforni Silva
Beach-dune systems near inlets: linking sub-tidal and sub-aerial morphodynamics (2014-)
- John Damen
Morphological feedback between dredging operations and sand wave dynamics (2014-)
- Robert-Jan den Haan
Virtual River: a serious gaming environment to support collaborative decision-making in river management (2014-)
- Geert Campmans
Influence of storms and wind waves on tidal sand wave dynamics (2014-)
- Leonardo Duarte Campos
Aeolian sand transport on beaches (2013-)
- Lianne van der Weerd
Effect of mega nourishment projects on sand supply to the dunes (2013-2015)
- Basma Waisi
Produced water treatment for beneficial use. Produced water in the oilfields of south Ira: de-oiling and soluble organic materials treatment form source to beneficial use(2012-2016)
- Mustafa Ali-Furaji
Produced water treatment for beneficial use. Desalination and treatment processes from source to final utilization (2012-2016)
- Juan Pablo Aguilar
Safety assessment of multifunctional flood defences (2012-2016)
- Joep van der Zanden
Sand transport under breaking waves (2012-2016)
- Wenlong Chen
Sand extraction and coastal safety (SEACOS) (2011-2015)
- Jane Ndungu
Turbidity dynamics of Lake Naivasha ecosystem (2010-2014)
- Olav van Duin
River bedform evolution modeling for flood management. River dune evolution and the transition to plane beds (2010-2015)
- Suleyman Naqsband
River bedform evolution modeling for flood management. On the influence of suspended sediment transport on dune evolution (2010-2014)
- Erik Horstman
Short-term bio-physical interactions of mangroves, 2009-2014 (with Dr Dohmen)
- Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf
Applying Dutch water expertise abroad: how to contribute
effectively in the Romanian context?, 2008-2013 (with Prof Bressers, Dr Augustijn and Dr Dinica)
- Wouter Kranenburg
Process based modelling of sediment transport under waves in the sheet-flow regime, 2008-2013 (with Dr Ribberink)
- Bas Borsje
Inherent bio-geomorphodynamics of coastal seas, 2007-2012 (with Prof. Herman)
- Jord Warmink
Uncertainties in roughness modeling in rivers, 2007-2011 (with Dr. Booij & Dr. van dr Klis)
- Blanca Perez Lapena
GIS-technology and the analysis and forecasting of change in the marine environment, 2006-2011 (with Dr Wijnberg)
- Lisette Bochev-van der Burgh
Congruent scales in coastal morphology and coastal engineering, 2005-2012 (with Dr Wijnberg)
- Mindert de Vries
Bio-morpodynamicsof the Waddensea, 2004- (with Prof Stive & Dr Augustijn)
- Jolanthe Schretlen
Sand transport in oscillatory flows, 2005 –2012 (with Dr. Ribberink)
- Arjen Tuijnder
Large-scale sediment transport and roughness in rivers, 2005-2010 (with Dr. Ribberink)
- Leendert Dorst
Monitoring of Seabed Dynamics using geodetic deformation analysis, 2004-2009 (with Dr. Roos)
- Rolien van der Mark
Effects of bed form stochastics on form roughness in rivers, estuaries and seas, 2004-2009 (with Prof Hoeijmakers and Dr Blom)
- Ella Meilianda
Coastal zone management of Banda Atjeh, 2004-2009 (with Dr Dohmen-Janssen)
- Fenneke van der Meer
Modelling spatial and temporal variations in sand waves: physical processes, 2004-2009
- Saskia Hommes
Assessment framework for water management, 2004-2008 (with Prof Bressers and Dr Otter)
- Andries Paarlberg
Dynamic roughness during flood events in rivers, 2003-2008 (with Dr Dohmen-Janssen)
- H. Henriët van der Veen
Geographical Information System of the North Sea 2003-2008
- Freek Huthoff
Modelling vegetation roughness for river basin management, 2003- 2007 (with Dr Augustijn)
- Jebbe.J. van der Werf
Sand Transport over Rippled Beds in Oscillatory Flow, 2001- 2006 (with Prof van Rijn & Dr Ribberink)
- Yan Huang
Appropriate Modelling for Integrated Flood Risk Assessment, 2001-2005 (with Prof. Mynett & Dr de Kok)
- Nguyen T. Giang
A Methodology for Validation of Integrated System Models, 2001-2005 (with Prof. Augustinus & Dr de Kok)
- Yueping (Lynn) Xu
Appropriate modeling in decision support systems for river basin management, 2001-2005 (with Prof. Mynett & Dr Booij)
- Xiaohua (Harry) Dong
Appropriate flood forecasting for reservoir operation, 2001-2005 (with Dr Dohmen-Janssen & Dr Booij)
- Pieter C. Roos
Offshore sand mining and marine morphology, 2000-2004 (with Prof de Vriend),
- Attila A. Németh
Modelling sand waves in shallow seas, 1998-2003, (with Prof de Vriend).
- Michiel A.F. Knaapen
Data-assimilation in morphologic amplitude equations, 1996-2001 (with Prof de Vriend & Prof van Harten).
UT Research Information System
University/College of Higher Education: Utrecht University, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
Date: June 24th, 1991
Main subject: Theoretical Physics, Field Theory
Extra first year certificate (Propedeuse)
University/College of Higher Education: Utrecht University, Faculty of Languages
Date: August 30th, 1988
Programme: Dutch Language and Literature
University/College of Higher Education: Utrecht University, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
Date: November 20th, 1996
Supervisors (Promotors): Prof. De Ruijter, Prof. De Vriend, Dr. De Swart
Title of thesis: Formation and Migration of large-scale, rhythmic sea-bed patterns: a stability approach
For a list of MSc projects please visit our department's website:
Affiliated Study Programmes
Projects and other activities
- Congruent scales in economics, coastal engineering and morphology, ALW-LOICZ-NL project, 014.27.012 co-supervisors are Prof.dr. A. van der Veen and Dr. Wijberg, 2004-2009
- Rough Water (Roughness modelling for managing natural shallow water systems),STW VICI-project TCB.6231, 2004-2009
- Dynamic roughness in rivers during floods, STW project TCB.6222, co-applicant is Dr. C.M. Dohmen-Janssen, 2003-2007.
- Modelling of spatial and temporal variations in offshore sandwaves: process-oriented vs stochastic approach, STW project TWO.5805, project leader is Hulscher, start 2003.
- EUMARSAND (EUropean MARine SAND and gravel resources: evaluation and environmental impact of extraction), EU-project, consortium of 9 universities/institutes, overall project leader Dr A. Uriarte, (AZTI) Santander, Spain, Hulscher is UT-member of consortium, RTN2-2001-00418, start 2002.
- HUMOR(HUman interaction with large Scale MORphological evolution), EU-project, consortium of 13 universities/institutes, overall project leader Prof M. Losada, University of Granada, Spain, Hulscher is UT-member of consortium, contract number EVK3-CT-2000-00037, start 2001.
- Future developments in marine morphology, Project in UT Diversity Programme, project leader is Hulscher, start 2001.
- Eco-morphodynamics of the offshore sea bed, Delft Cluster project 03.01.05, overall project leader is Dr Laban (TNO-NITG), Hulscher is UT-member of consortium, 2000 - 2003.
- Modelling sand waves in shallow seas, STW project TCT.4466, project leader is Hulscher, 1998 - 2003.
- Data-assimilation in morphologic amplitude equations, NWO-NonLinear Systems project 620-61-349, project supervisors were de Vriend (project leader), Van Harten and Hulscher, 1996-2001.
- Offshore tidal sand banks, MAFF (British ministry of agriculture, fisheries and food)-project, project leader was Dr R. Whithehouse (HR Wallingford), Hulscher was UT-representative of consortium, further involved senior researchers were Whitehouse, Soulsby (HR Wallingford), Beech (Posford Duvivier), Huntley, Dyer (IMS, Plymouth), Roelvink (WL|Delft Hydraulics), 1995-1997.