MSc project

Combination of Humanitarian Impact Data & Operational Hazard Forecast

Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface with several areas of expertise. In the fields of numerical simulation applications are pushed forward to operationally forecast water scarcity, impurifications or floodings (e.g. GLOSSIS). To further develop these applications, Deltares collaborates with innovative institutions to actively steer these systems. One direction points towards the support of humanitarian aid work and civil protection.

Is an initiative of the Netherlands Red Cross, which aims to shape the future of humanitarian aid by converting data into understanding and put it in the hands of humanitarian relief workers, decision makers and people affected, so that they can better prepare for and cope with disasters and crises.

MSc Project Description
Deltares capacity to build-up model based forecast information and 510’s knowledge on coping capacities for affected people add up a strong potential for interaction. In the surrounding of a MSc Thesis it is intended to link the data of the 510 team and an operational system of Deltares. The outcome of this collaboration shall be a system which interprets the danger due to cyclone tracks considering the coping capacity of affected people.

For the collaboration the following conditions are agreed upon by Deltares and 510:

  • Area of application will be the region of Manila Bay, Philippines
  • Addition of vulnerability data to the impact dimension of the existing configuration
  • Functional early warning system (automated cyclone import)
  • (Optional) using the output from the 510 dashboard as input for the EWS
  • Several options of how to display the output according to user needs
  • (Optional) investigate relation of direct wind impact to people and wind for the purpose of operationalisation

For the student
The student is expected to work at Deltares in Delft and at 510 in The Hague, depending on the own individual needs during the process. In each of the institutions one supervisor will be available to collaborate and guide the student. The working environment is very open and student friendly. You will have the chance to very quickly ask for feedback and thus have the chance to move close to exciting areas of application whilst investigating a new topic.

From the student
The student should be able to work with different data sources and have a good understanding of the involved parties’ needs and values. The student will also come into the position of bridging Deltares, 510 and the involved university’s needs. Thus, a highly communicative and outgoing student can benefit this collaboration. Additionally, it is intended to publish the findings in a journal paper.

Expected output

  • MSc Thesis
  • Peer-reviewed publication

 Desired skills

  • Master student in civil/offshore engineering, geography or equal field.
  • Software: GIS, Delft FIAT, Matlab/Python, Delft FEWS


For more information contact:
Roman Schotten:
Dennis Wagenaar:
Aklilu Teklesadik:

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