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Dr. Hans de Moel works as an assistant professor in the field of natural hazard risk management, climate change and adaptation at the Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University, Amsterdam. He aims to look in an integrated way at the natural system with its hazards, the impacts it can have on society and how this relates to the management of these hazards.

His academic expertise are in the fields of flood risks, drought risks, hurricane risks, hail risks, water resources, hydrological modelling, land-use change, climate change (past and future), and adaptation. He has developed various risk models for countries or regions in the Netherlands, USA, Asia and Africa. He uses such physical hazard and risk models to support risk-based decision making by evaluating various adaptation measures and strategies, assessing the impact of climate change and socio-economic growth, and investigate uncertainties and sensitivities of such assessments and subsequent decisions.

He is a certified university lecturer and teaches in various water and environment related teaching programs both at BSc and MSc level. He has been the coordinator of the top-rated Hydrology MSc program for over five years, which he helped redevelop in 2014. He is also involved in capacity building projects such as for teaching staff at UY (Myanmar) and phd applicants from Africa.


2012: PhD degree. Thesis entitled ‘Uncertainty in Flood Risk’. Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2006: MSc in Earth Sciences (cum laude) – Quarternary geology/ geo-ecology. Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2004: BSc in Earth Sciences – physical geography. Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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