Nicolette Volp

Profile

Nicolette Volp works part-time as a post-doc at the Technical University of Delft and as a consultant/developer at Nelen & Schuurmans. The combination of jobs offers a perfect balance between research and application. She focusses in both jobs at improving and optimizing numerical methods for the computation of hydrodynamics and morphodynamics.

After several years of experience we believe that the possibilities of introducing high resolution information about the bed and the roughness improves, the accuracy and the efficiency of these type of simulation. However, we think we can take this to a next level. This is what we would like to see in the near future. Nicolette works with several research hydrodynamic codes, to experiment at a small scale and with the subgrid-based hydrodyanamic model 3Di.

Research

Deltas are generally, throughout the world, areas that are highly populated and are the sole habitats for various flora and fauna. Moreover, they play a significant role in our food production and navigational routes.  However, these areas are under the influence of climate change and the impact of human intervention. When we want to protect and preserve these areas we need to understand the processes within such areas. Therefore, we work in this project together with a range of experts, ranging from ecologist, biologists, engineers, and physicists, to investigate the small scale and the large scale processes and the relation between the scales within deltas. It allows us to investigate the wide of range of processes and their importance to the dynamics within the delta.

In this context , Nicolette is working on improving the hydrodynamic and morphodynamic computations to support long term simulations for forcasting the evolution of such a delta system. We believe, we need to take small scale processes into account for accurate computations on the large scale. Therefore, we are investigating the further possibilities of the subgrid method

Key Publications

Volp, N. D., Prooijen, B. C., and Stelling, G. S. ( 2013), A finite volume approach for shallow water flow accounting for high‐resolution bathymetry and roughness data, Water Resour. Res., 49, 4126– 4135, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20324.

Volp, N. D., Prooijen, B. C., and Stelling, G. S. ( 2013), A finite volume approach for shallow water flow accounting for high‐resolution bathymetry and roughness data, Water Resour. Res., 49, 4126– 4135, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20324.

Dr. Nicolette Volp

Postdoc