Dr. Ir. Marie-Claire ten Veldhuis

Marie-claire ten Veldhuis works at the Water Resources Group of the Water management Department at Delft University of Technology. Her main interest is Urban Hydrology: her research focuses on using observational datasets to analyze and predict how cities respond to (extreme) rainfall. She received her PhD degree in 2010 for research on Quantitative urban flood risk analysis based on data analysis of crowdsourced flood observations. She collaborates in various international research projects on developing innovative methods for rainfall estimation, multi-sensor rainfall products, flood early-warning and short-term flood prediction. She teaches Urban Drainage & Water Management (CIE4491) and Urban Climate & Hydrology (CIE5703). Before joining Delft University in 2006, she gained work experience as a water manager for the city of Breda and as a consultant for Royal Haskoning.

My research interests include urban hydrology, urban flood prediction, high resolution rainfall patterns in cities, social sensing for urban hydrology and quantitative urban flood risk analysis.

 From 2011-2015 she coordinated RainGain, an EU-funded project on high resolution rainfall data analysis from dual polarimetric X-band radars and urban flood prediction. Check out this short movie about the Rotterdam weather radar:

Marie-claire also coordinated RainSense, one of the kick-start projects of Amsterdam Advanced Institute for Metropolitan Solutions. The project aims to combine multiple data sources including crowdsourcing, rain gauges and radar to obtain high resolution rainfall and flooding information in cities. 

Before coming to Delft University in 2006, she worked as water manager for the city of Breda and as a consultant for Royal Haskoning. In Breda, she was responsible of integrated urban water management in the city, including surface waters and sewer systems. She supervised a team of advisors, engineers and maintenance personnel that carried out all construction and maintenance projects required to achieve the required water system conditions. In doing so, she cooperated closed with other water authorities and advised politicians on environmental and financial decisions related to urban water.

As a consultant for Royal Haskoning Marie-claire worked for several national and international projects (Nicaragua, Israel) related to urban water management. The focus of projects in the Netherlands was mainly on ecohydrology: water quality conditions in relation to ecological potential. Projects in the Nicaragua and Brasil focused on wastewater treatment and wastewater reuse. Before coming to Royal Haskoning she spent almost a year in Brasil (Belo Horizonte) to study flooding and other water-related problems in favelas.

Marie-claire ten Veldhuis