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Sanne Muis is a Research Associate at the department of Water and Climate Risk at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IMV) and a research/advisor at the unit of Marine and Coastal Systems at Deltares in Delft.

Her research focusses on the large-scale risk assessments for coastal flooding. She is one of the lead developers of a global model framework to assess coastal flood risk. This development is done in close collaboration with Deltares. By applying a global hydrodynamic model at the global scale, she developed the Global Tide and Surge Reanalysis (GTSR) dataset. This dataset can be applied to estimate coastal risks at the global scale and underlies several online web-tools, such Aqueduct Global Flood Analyzer. In December 2018 Sanne will defend her PhD dissertation entitled "Assessing coastal flood risk at the global scale". Currently, she is working on new applications of the framework to future and paleo climates. For example by studying how coastal floods may look like in a warmer climate, such as the Last Interglacial (125,000 years ago). She also involved in further advancing the global framework by fully including tropical cyclones.

Sanne has authored more than 10 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals. In the last few years she has presented her work at several universities, institutes and international conferences, including the World Bank, the European Geosciences Union, the American Geophysical Union. She has been awarded several travel grants, including the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award. In 2016 she was a guest researcher at the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. At the VU she is involved in the teaching of BSc programme Earth & Economics. She also supervises students writing their thesis from the MSc programme Environmental Research Management, and the MSc programme Hydrology.


extreme sea level, coastal flooding, flood risk assessment, global modelling, hydrodynamics, climate variability, storm surge


2013: MSc Hydrology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2009: BSc Earth Sciences and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


Ancillary activities

  • Deltares | Delft | Researcher / Advisor | 2017-12-01 - present

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 14 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Poster
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

A global reanalysis of storm surges and extreme sea levels

Muis, S., Verlaan, M., Winsemius, H. C., Aerts, J. C. J. H. & Ward, P. J., 2016, In : Nature Communications. 7, p. 11969 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
storm surges
Sea level
sea level
Oceans and Seas

Influence of El Niño-Southern Oscillation on Global Coastal Flooding

Muis, S., Aerts, J. C. J. H., Ward, P. J., Guimaraes Nobre, G. G. N. & Haigh, I. D., Sep 2018, In : Earth's Future. 6, 9, p. 1311-1322 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Southern Oscillation
sea level
El Nino-Southern Oscillation
tide gauge

Usefulness and limitations of global flood risk models

Ward, P. J., Jongman, B., Salamon, P., Simpson, A., Bates, P., de Groeve, T., Muis, S., Coughlan, E. R., Rudari, R., Trigg, M. A. & Winsemius, H. C., 2015, In : Nature Climate Change. 5, p. 712-715

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

natural disaster

Flood risk and adaptation strategies under climate change and urban expansion: A probabilistic analysis using global data

Muis, S., Güneralp, B., Jongman, B., Aerts, J. C. J. H. & Ward, P. J., 2015, In : Science of the Total Environment. 538, p. 445-457

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Climate change
climate change
Sea level
spatial planning

Achieving the reduction of disaster risk by better predicting impacts of El Niño and La Niña

Guimarães Nobre, G., Muis, S., Veldkamp, T. & Ward, P., 2019, In : Progress in Disaster Science. 2, 100022.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access