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Niko Wanders was born on 29 November 1986 in Leiden, The Netherlands. In 2005 he started his Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Soil Water Atmosphere at Wageningen University. He continued his studies with a Master of Science (MSc) in Hydrology and Water Quality with a specialization in Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management. During his MSc education he worked on three European Commission projects related to drought: EC-WATCH, EC-XEROCHORE and Drought-R&SPI.

In 2011 he started as a PhD researcher at the Department of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University. He worked on improving near real-time flood forecasting with satellite soil moisture observations using Bayesian data assimilation techniques. Results of his PhD study are implemented in the European Flood Awareness System of the EC-Joint Research Centre and contribute to improved flood forecasting. Together with the Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group in Wageningen University he worked on research related to (hydrological) drought.

After his PhD, Niko was employed at the department of Physical Geography at Utrecht University working on research related to the development and implementation of a flood and water temperature model in the global hydrological model PCR-GLOBWB.

Niko continued his research for at the Terrestrial Hydrology Research Group, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Princeton University, United States. He received a personal NWO-Rubicon fellowship to finance his research for the coming two years. He developed a seasonal drought forecasting system as part of his Rubicon research at Princeton University.

Currently, Niko has a position as assistant professor hydrological extremes at the department of Physical Geography. His work focusses on the human impact on drought in large-scale river basins. Furthermore, he is working research related to the topics of satellite data assimilation, flood forecasting, hyper-resolution modelling, and seasonal forecasting.

Niko Wanders was born on 29 November 1986 in Leiden, The Netherlands. In 2005 he started his Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Soil Water Atmosphere at Wageningen University. He continued his studies with a Master of Science (MSc) in Hydrology and Water Quality with a specialization in Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management. For his internship he worked at Deltares, Utrecht in the Netherlands. He focussed on model calibration and the development of a lowland catchment model. He completed his study in 2011 with his thesis ``Indicators for drought characterization on a global scale’’. During his MSc education he worked on three European Commission projects related to drought: EC-WATCH, EC-XEROCHORE and Drought-R&SPI. During EC-WATCH he worked on drought analysis on a global scale and contributed to the work package Hydrological Extremes. During EC-XEROCHORE he worked together with international experts to discuss the state of the art of drought research and to identify future research gaps. In Drought-R&SPI he worked on drought propagation through the hydrological cycle and the impact on drought characteristics. In 2011 he started as a PhD researcher at the Department of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University. He worked on improving near real-time flood forecasting with satellite soil moisture observations using Bayesian data assimilation techniques. During his PhD he collaborated with TU Wien, ESA-ESTEC, VU Amsterdam and EC-Joint Research Centre in Ispra. Results of his PhD study are implemented in the European Flood Awareness System of the EC-Joint Research Centre and contribute to improved flood forecasting. He spent two months at the Terrestrial Hydrology Research Group, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Princeton University, United States working on improving satellite precipitation estimates. Together with the Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group in Wageningen University he worked on research related to (hydrological) drought. Wanders also contributed to MSc courses in remote sensing, natural hazards and spatial statistics during his PhD. Currently, Niko is employed at the department of Physical Geography at Utrecht University working on research related to data assimilation, hydrological modelling and hydrological extremes. - See more at: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7102-5454#sthash.c5cX68Ye.dpuf
Strategic themes / Focus areas
Scientific expertise
drought
microwave remote sensing
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Curriculum vitae

1 April 2017 - current

Assistant Professor hydrological extremes. Main research topic is the human impact on floods and drought in large-scale river basins. Department of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University

1 June 2015 – 1 April 2017

Postdoc Development of an integrated seasonal drought forecasting system that provides information on forecast quality, uncertainty and reliability, potential socio-economic impact, and alerts and warnings for drought events. This research is funded by my Rubicon fellowship and carried out under supervision of Professor E..F. Wood at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, United States

1 March 2015 – 1 May 2015
Postdoc Implementation of flood plains and water temperature module into the Global Hydrological Model PCR-GLOBWB under supervision of Prof. M.F.P. Bierkens, dr. L.P.H van Beek, Department of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University

1 March 2011 – 1 March 2015
PhD Improving near real-time flood forecasting using multi-sensor soil moisture assessment under supervision of Prof. S.M de Jong, Prof. M.F.P. Bierkens, Prof. A.P.J de Roo, Dr D. Karssenberg, Department of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University

April 2009 – March 2011

MSc Hydrology and Water Quality, University Wageningen
Specializations: Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management, Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality
MSc Thesis: Indicators for drought characterization on a global scale

2005 - 2009
BSc Bodem Water Atmosfeer, University Wageningen

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All publications
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Lopez, Patricia Lopez, Wanders, Niko, Schellekens, Jaap, Renzullo, Luigi J., Sutanudjaja, Edwin H. & Bierkens, Marc F. P. (2016). Improved large-scale hydrological modelling through the assimilation of streamflow and downscaled satellite soil moisture observations. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 20 (7), (pp. 3059-3076) (18 p.).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Immerzeel, W. W., Wanders, N., Lutz, Arthur, Shea, J. M. & Bierkens, M. F. P. (2015). Reconciling high-altitude precipitation in the upper Indus basin with glacier mass balances and runoff. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 19 (11), (pp. 4673-4687).
Wanders, N. & Van Lanen, H. A J (10.03.2015). Future discharge drought across climate regions around the world modelled with a synthetic hydrological modelling approach forced by three general circulation models. Natural Hazards and Earth System Science, 15 (3), (pp. 487-504) (18 p.).
Wanders, N. & Wada, Y. (01.07.2015). Human and climate impacts on the 21st century hydrological drought. Journal of Hydrology, 526, (pp. 208-220).
Wanders, N., Pan, M. & Wood, E. F. (01.04.2015). Correction of real-time satellite precipitation with multi-sensor satellite observations of land surface variables. Remote Sensing of Environment, 160, (pp. 206-221) (16 p.).
Wanders, Niko & Wada, Yoshi (28.12.2015). Decadal predictability of river discharge with climate oscillations over the 20th and early 21st century. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (24), (pp. 10689-10695) (7 p.).
Wanders, Niko, Wada, Yoshi & van Lanen, H.A.J (2015). Global hydrological droughts in the 21st century under a changing hydrological regime. Earth System Dynamics, 6, (pp. 1-15) (15 p.).
  2015 - Professional publications
Wanders, N. (01.06.2015). Verbeteringen in overstromings- en droogtesimulaties van grote rivieren. Geo.brief, 4, (pp. 11-13) (3 p.).
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Alderlieste, M.A.A., Lanen, H.A.J. & Wanders, N. (2014). Future low flows and hydrological drought: how certain are these for Europe?. IAHS-AISH Publication, 363, (pp. 60-65) (6 p.). Daniell, T.M., in: Van Lanen, H.A.J., Demuth, S., Laaha, G., Servat, E., Mahe, G., Boyer, J-F, Paturel, J-E, Dezetter, A., Ruelland,.
van Loon, A.F., Tijdeman, E., Wanders, N., Lanen, H.A.J., Teuling, A.J. & Uijlenhoet, R. (2014). How climate seasonality modifies drought duration and deficit. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 119 (Issue 8), (pp. 4640-4656) (17 p.).
Wanders, N., Bierkens, M. P F, de Jong, S. M., de Roo, A. & Karssenberg, Derek (2014). The benefits of using remotely sensed soil moisture in parameter identification of large-scale hydrological models. Water Resources Research, 50 (8), (pp. 6874-6891) (18 p.).
Wanders, N., Karssenberg, D., De Roo, A., De Jong, S. M. & Bierkens, M. F P (24.06.2014). The suitability of remotely sensed soil moisture for improving operational flood forecasting. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18 (6), (pp. 2343-2357) (15 p.).
Wanders, Niko, Pan, M. & Wood, E.F. (2014). Correction of real-time satellite precipitation with multi-sensor satellite observations of land surface variables. Proceeding of AGU
Wanders, Niko, van Lanen, H.A.J. & van Loon, A.F. (2014). Uncover the real drought. Proceedings of AGU
  2014 - Other output
N. Wanders (10.07.2014) Correction of real-time satellite precipitation with multi-sensor satellite observations of land surface variables
N. Wanders (28.04.2014) Past and future hydrological drought in water-scarce European regions
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Lanen, H.A.J., Wanders, N., Tallaksen, L.M. & van Loon, A.F. (2013). Hydrological drought across the world: impact of climate and physical catchment structure. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17, (pp. 1715-1732) (18 p.). www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/17/1715/2013/ International Interdisciplinary Conference on Land Use and Water Quality: Reducing Effects of Agriculture.
van Lanen, H., Wanders, N. & Wada, Y. (09.12.2013). Global trends in future hydrological drought. Geophysical Abstracts GC44C-05 (pp. oral). San Fransisco, USA, American Geophysical Union 2013.
Wada, Y., van Beek, L.P.H., Wanders, N. & Bierkens, M.F.P. (2013). Human water consumption intensifies hydrological drought worldwide. Environmental Research Letters, 8(3) (034036), (pp. 1-14) (14 p.).
Wanders, N., Karssenberg, D., de Roo, A., de Jong, S. M. & Bierkens, M. F. P. (01.11.2013). The suitability of remotely sensed soil moisture for improving operational flood forecasting. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 10 (11), (pp. 13783-13816).
Wanders, N., Karssenberg, D.J., de Roo, A.P.J., de Jong, S.M. & Bierkens, M.F.P. (09.12.2013). The benefits of using remotely sensed soil moisture in parameter identification of large-scale hydrological models. Geophysical Abstracts H24E-04 San Fransisco, USA, American Geophysical Union 2013.
Wanders, N., Karssenberg, D.J., de Roo, A.P.J., de Jong, S.M. & Bierkens, M.F.P. (09.12.2013). The PCR-GLOBWB global hydrological reanalysis product. Geophysical Abstracts H33B-1352 San Fransisco, USA, American Geophysical Union 2013.
Wanders, N., Karssenberg, D.J., de Roo, A.P.J., de Jong, S.M. & Bierkens, M.F.P. (09.12.2013). The potential of remotely sensed soil moisture for operational flood forecasting. Geophysical Abstracts H44E-08 San Fransisco, USA, American Geophysical Union 2013, Oral Session.
  2013 - Professional publications
de Jong, S.M., Sutanudjaja, E.H., Wanders, N. & Addink, E.A. (2013). Annual Report Remote Sensing Activities Utrecht University. EARSeL News Letter, 94, (pp. 29-32) (4 p.).
Tijdeman, E., van Loon, A.F., Wanders, N. & Lanen, H.A.J. (2013). The effect of climate on droughts and their propagation in different parts of the hydrological cycle. (70 p.). EU Drought R&SPI.
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Wada, Y., van Beek, L.P.H., Wanders, N. & Bierkens, M.F.P. (05.12.2012). Human water consumption intensifies hydrological drought worldwide. AGU Fall Meeting 2012 abstracts (pp. H43H-08-oral). San Francisco, USA, AGU Fall Meeting 2012.
Wanders, N., Karssenberg, D.J., Bierkens, M.F.P., Parinussa, R.M., de Jeu, R.A.M., van Dam, J.C. & de Jong, S.M. (2012). Observation uncertainty of satellite soil moisture products determined with physically-based modelling. Remote Sensing of Environment, 127, (pp. 341-356) (16 p.).
  2012 - Popularising publications
de Jong, S.M., Wanders, N. & de Roo, A.P.J. (2012). Satellieten helpen overstromingen te voorspellen. Geografie, 21 (9), (pp. 10-13) (4 p.).
  2011 - Professional publications
Lanen, H.A.J. & Wanders, N. (2011). High flows in the 21st Century: analysis with a simple conceptual hydrological models using the input of 3 GCMs (A2 scenario). (22 p.). WATCH.
Melsen, L.A., Lanen, H.A.J., Wanders, N., van Huijgevoort, M.H.J. & Weedon, G.P. (2011). Reference evapotranspiration with radiation-based and temperature-based method - impact on hydrological drought using WATCH Forcing Data. (67 p.). WATCH.
Wanders, N., Hendriks, D.M.D. & van der Velde, Y. (2011). Combined groundwater - surface water modeling with a lumped hydrological model. Utrecht: Deltares.
  0 - Other output
N. Wanders () Satellieten helpen overstromingen te voorspellen
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Completed projects

Project:
FORESEED – FOrecasting to Reduce Socio-Economic Effects of Droughts 01.06.2015 to 31.05.2017
General project description

NWO – Rubicon fellowship


Two year fully funded fellowship from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research to gain international experience at a university outside the Netherlands, awarded to early career scientists that have just graduated or are about to graduate.


The objective of this project is to develop an innovative drought forecasting system that integrates hydrological observations, models and seasonal weather predictions to provide seasonal (up to 6 months) drought forecasts for Africa. The project consists of four steps, in which (1) the potential of satellite observations to monitor drought conditions will be evaluated, (2) the skill of current seasonal weather forecasts for drought forecasting over Africa is determined, (3) satellite observations and a multi-model approach are used to improve the seasonal predication skill, (4) information is provided on the potential socio-economic impact of forecasted drought events. The final outcome will be the first integrated seasonal drought forecasting system that provides information on forecast quality, uncertainty and reliability, potential socio-economic impact, and alerts and warnings for drought events.

 
Role Project Leader Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
Project:
Improving near real-time flood forecasting using multi-sensor soil moisture assessment (NWO-SRON/GO) 01.03.2011 to 01.03.2015
General project description
 
Role PhD Candidate Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
External project members:
  • EC - Joint Research Centre Ispra
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Willem C. van Unnikgebouw

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The Netherlands


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