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Dr. Sanne Muis has a background in climate change and extreme sea levels, specialized in the field of large-scale coastal flood risk assessments. She working as  an Assistant Professor at the department of Water and Climate Risk at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is also employed at the Hydrodynamics and Forecasting department at Deltares in Delft.

Sanne has (co-)authored many scientific papers in leading international journals and has been an (invited) speaker at major international conferences, such as EGU, AGU, and WRCP Sea Level conference. Her PhD research was focused on the global application of hydrodynamic model for assessing extreme sea levels. In 2016 she was a guest researcher at the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. A visit which was funded by a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award. In 2019 she received the Natural Hazards Section Award in recognition for the contributions to natural hazards research. 

In her current research, she aims to further improving modelling capabilities of coastal flood risk at large-scale and assessing the impacts of climate variability and change. Methods she uses include hydrodynamic modelling, extreme value analysis, scenario analysis, risk assessment and high-performance computing. She is (co-)supervising various PhDs that work on topics ranging from  accounting tropical cyclones, dynamic modelling of compound flooding and evaluation of climate change impacts on storm surges and tides. In collaboration with the Dutch eScience Center, she is working on the NWO-ASDI MOSAIC project, which aims to develop a computationally efficient, scalable, framework for large-scale flood risk assessment using dynamic inundation methods. She is leading the NWO-ENW CHANCE project. A project, in close collaboration with TU Delft, that aims to reduce the uncertainties of future projections of extreme sea levels and develop methods for down-scaling from global to regional scale. 

Finally, Sanne is a qualified university lecturer and has been involved in various teaching programs related to climate and water. She supervises MSc and BSc researcher and is the coordinator for the MSc Hydrology


2013: MSc Hydrology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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


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  • Deltares | Delft | Onderzoeker / Adviseur | 2017-12-01 - present

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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
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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