Ted Veldkamp

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Ted Veldkamp is Assistant Professor at the department of Water and Climate Risk at the Institute for Environmental Studies, VU Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and a research fellow at the Water department of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg (Austria).

Ted’s research encompasses the modelling and assessment of freshwater resources and their extremes at the global, regional, and local scale, with a focus on droughts and water scarcity. In doing so, she is particularly interested in the interaction between socioeconomic and hydro-climatic drivers causing hydrological extremes, such as human behaviour, demand growth, developments in population density, hydro-climatic variability driven by large scale oscillation systems like ENSO, and climate change. Using risk assessment methods and economic evaluation techniques Ted works on the evaluation and optimization of adaptation strategies that facilitate an efficient allocation of freshwater resources in space and time and that may alleviate the adverse effects of extreme hydrologic events. Ted works together in national and international research and consultancy projects and is part of the “Panta Rhei – Drought in the Anthropocene” working group and the ISIMIP consortium.

Ted obtained her PhD degree: “Water scarcity at the global and regional scale - unravelling its dominant drivers in historical and future time-periods” in December 2017 Cum Laude and has obtained her University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) in March 2018. At the VU Amsterdam, she has an active role in various teaching courses in the BSc programme Earth Science & Economics, the MSc programme Environmental Research Management, and the MSc programme Hydrology.

Ted has published more than 13 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and presented her work at several international conferences.


Global hydrology, Water resources modelling, Human influences, Climate variability, Hydrological extremes, Drought, Water scarcity, Climate change, Impact assessment, Risk analysis, Adaptation and mitigation, Human behaviour


2017: PhD Water scarcity at the global and regional scales (Cum Laude), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2013: MSc Earth Sciences – Earth Sciences and Economics (Cum Laude), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2010: BSc Earth Sciences and Economics (Cum Laude), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


Ancillary activities

  • International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis | Laxenburg | Medewerker | 2017-10-01 - present

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Research Output 2015 2019

Assessing time, cost and quality trade-offs in forecast-based action for floods

Bischiniotis, K., van den Hurk, B., Coughlan de Perez, E., Veldkamp, T., Nobre, G. G. & Aerts, J., 1 Nov 2019, In : International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 40, p. 1-13 13 p., 101252.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Risk management
natural disaster

Exposure to Floods, Climate Change, and Poverty in Vietnam

Bangalore, M., Smith, A. & Veldkamp, T., 26 Oct 2018, In : Economics of Disasters and Climate Change.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
climate change
socioeconomic conditions
return period

Natural hazard risk assessment for improving resilience in Europe

Botzen, W., Mechler, R., Aerts, J. C. J. H., Hochrainer-Stigler, S., Timonina, A., Lorant, A., Veldkamp, T. I. E., Hudson, P., Jenkins, K., Mysiak, J., Surminski, S. & Monteagudo, D. H., 2015, ENHANCE project.

Research output: Book / ReportReportProfessional