ir. Dirk Eilander

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  • Room 8A-40, NU-building

  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1111

    1081 HV Amsterdam

20142020

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Dirk Eilander is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam since May 2017. The topic of his PhD research is compound flood risk at the global scale. This research is funded by a NWO VIDI grant and conducted under the supervision of Dr Philip Ward and Dr Hessel Winsemius.

Next to his PhD research, Dirk works as hydrologist/researcher in the Catchment and Urban Hydrology department of Deltares, where he focuses on flood and drought risks. He has gained work experience in national and international research and consultancy projects in Indonesia, Africa, the United States and Europe. 

Expertise

Catchment hydrology, hydrodynamics, natural hazards, risk assessments, climate change, adaptation, big data, spatial analysis.

Education

2013: Master Water Management at Delft University of Technology.

2010: Bachelor Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology.

Research

Globally, floods cause thousands of fatalities and billions of Euros of damage per year. Hence, several global models have been developed to assess the impacts of either river or coastal floods. However, the socioeconomic impacts of flooding in deltas and estuaries are even worse when river and coastal floods coincide, such as during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and the devastating floods in Thailand in 2011. Since current global flood risk models assess either river or coastal flood processes, they cannot be used to examine the influence of such compound river and coastal flood processes on flood risk.

The proposed research fills this knowledge gap. The main objective is to improve our understanding of compound flooding in delta areas and its influence on flood risk. To this end a globally applicable nested flood model will be developed. This model will be used to to understand the effect of compound floods on total flood risk and to characterize compound floods and their meteorological drivers.

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Academic qualification

Water Management, Master, Technische Universiteit Delft

1 Sep 201012 Apr 2013

Award Date: 12 Apr 2013

Civil Engineering, Bachelor, Delft University of Technology

1 Sep 200631 Aug 2010

Award Date: 31 Aug 2010

Keywords

  • GE Environmental Sciences

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