Stuijfzand, P.J.


Pieter Stuijfzand studied hydrogeology at VU University Amsterdam (cum laude 1978) and obtained his PhD with work on the hydrogeochemistry and hydrology of the Dutch coastal dune area. Pieter is professor with a chair in (chemical) hydrogeology, first (2004-2015) at VU University Amsterdam, and since September 2015 at TU Delft (1d/week). He is 4d/week employed at KWR Watercycle Research Institute in Nieuwegein, where connecting scientific work at TU Delft to applied research at KWR.


The focus is on MAR, coastal aquifer systems, hydrogeochemical aspects of water supply (well clogging, use of brackish groundwater, natural attenuation, vulnerability), and forensic hydrology. Current MAR topics include the effects of intake stops, the behavior of emerging pollutants such as arsenic, pharmaca and radionuclides during aquifer passage, and ASR application in difficult, reactive or brackish aquifers (SW-Netherlands, Abu Dabhi and S.Korea). Topics of forensic hydrology encompass detection of the origin, age distribution and hydrogeochemical processes in groundwater.

Educational activities

  • Compact courses (0.5-3 days) on managed aquifer recharge, fresh and salt water intrusion, and hydrogeochemistry (mainly on invitation, often abroad).
  • Compulsory course on ‘Hydrological systems and artificial recharge’ for MSc students (3-6 ects) at VU University (2004-2015).

Key publications

  • Stuyfzand, P.J. 2015. Trace element patterns in Dutch coastal dunes after 50 years of artificial recharge with Rhine River water. Environmental Earth Sciences 73(12), 7833-7849, DOI 10.1007/s12665-014-3770-z.
  • Stuyfzand, P.J. & K.J. Raat 2010. Benefits and hurdles of using brackish groundwater as a drinking water source in the Netherlands. Hydrogeol. J. 18, 117-130.
  • Prommer, H. & P.J. Stuyfzand 2005. Identification of temperature-dependent water quality changes during a deep well injection experiment in a pyritic aquifer. Environ. Sci. & Technol. 39, 2200-2209.
  • Stuyfzand, P.J. & J. Kappelhof 2005. Floating, high-capacity desalting islands on renewable multi-energy supply. Desalination 177 (2005), 259-266.
  • Stuyfzand, P.J. 1999. Patterns in groundwater chemistry reflecting groundwater flow. Hydrogeol. J. 7, Theme issue 'Groundwater as a geologic agent', J. TĂłth (ed), Hydrogeology J. (7), 15-27.
  • Stuyfzand, P.J. 1995. The impact of land reclamation on groundwater quality and future drinking water supply in The Netherlands. Water Sci & Technol. 31 (1995), 47-57.
  • Stuyfzand, P.J. 1993. Hydrochemistry and hydrology of the coastal dune area of the Western Netherlands. Ph.D Thesis Vrije Univ. Amsterdam, published by KIWA, ISBN 90-74741-01-0,, 366 p.
    Stuyfzand, P.J. 1989. Hydrology and water quality aspects of Rhine bank ground water in The Netherlands. J. Hydrol. 106, 341-363.

Other activities

  • Member of scientific committee of KWR
  • Member of scientific committee of the dedicated symposium series on Managed Aquifer Recharge (ISMAR, each 2-3 years) since 1998
  • Member of scientific committee of the dedicated symposium series ‘Salt Water Intrusion Meeting’ (SWIM, each 2 years) since 1996.
  • Member of the Dutch Water Federation (KVWN), the Dutch Hydrological society (NHV), IHA, IWA, the European Lysimeter Research Group, and the OBN expert team ‘Landscape of Dunes and Coasts’
  • Guest editor of Journal  Water (MDPI): Water Quality Considerations for Managed Aquifer Recharge Systems. Deadline October 2016.

Pieter Stuijfzand

Emeritus Professor of Chemical Hydrogeology

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