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Students already contribute a number of years to our projects on fresh and salt groundwater in the coastal area. Sometimes with nice reports, sometimes with great results, article worthy! As such, this made that we are a strong supporter of guiding students through internships or thesis (both MSc and PhD)! We have already had students from Dutch universities (WUR, UU, VU), Universities of Applied Sciences (Zeeland, Larensteijn) and institutions like UNESCO-IHE. Foreign (PhD) students were welcome (Universities of Aachen, Ghent, Firenze, Bologna, Roma (La Sapienza). Tehran).

We have quite a few new topics, from numerical modeling to water system analysis using monitoring techniques. Just contact us, or the students below via e.g. LinkedIn!


New topics:

  1. Simulating the effect of different scenarios on climate change/sea-level rise and anthropogenic stresses on fresh groundwater in the Mekong delta, using the existing 3D model 
  2. On the water - food nexus in the Nile delta: communicating, understanding and monitoring groundwater availability, collaboration with the universities Kafr El Sheikh and Sadat City; also a visit to Egypt is planned.
  3. Comparison of 2D and 3D groundwater flow and salinity model estimations in deltaic regions
  4. Assessing the economic and technic feasibility of offshore groundwater pumping, based on the article Zamrsky, D., Oude Essink, G.H.P., Sutanudjaja, E.H., Van Beek, L.P.H., Bierkens, M.F.P., 2022. Offshore fresh groundwater in coastal unconsolidated sediment systems as a potential fresh water source in the 21st century. Environ. Res. Lett. 17, 1–22.
  5. Assessing the effect of model parameters (e.g. solute solvers, grid convergence) on variable-density groundwater and salt transport benchmark cases using iMOD-SEAWAT and/or MODFLOW6
  6. Fresh groundwater resources management at a farmers level in the province of Zeeland, The Netherlands: setting up robust web-based clipping tools; a modelling study
  7. Assessing submarine groundwater discharge along coastal stretches: a global analysis
  8. Setting up a 3D variable-density groundwater flow model simulating salt water intrusion in a deltaic area: possible cases: the Bengal, Indus, Po, Yangtze, Pearl river deltas
  9. On writing a draft article on the work that have been executed in the project FAME (just finished): Fresh water availability in the Mekong delta, Vietnam (

info: gualbert dot oudeessink at deltares dot nl

Examples past studies since 2005:






Wayangi Lakshani Weerasekera, IHE-Delft, 3D Variable-density Groundwater Modelling of the Red River Delta, Vietnam








  • Tommaso Letterio, Uni of Firenze, Italy


  • Bas de Veen en Sjors Stevens, VU Amsterdam, Monitoring campaign rainwater lenses in the province of Zeeland (in Dutch)
  • Corne Prevo, HZ University of Applied Sciences, Aquatische Ecotechnologie: Rainwater lenses in the province of Zeeland (in Dutch)
  • Francesco Sergi, La Sapienza, Roma, Italy, Salinisation processes in the Province of Zeeland, the Netherlands, contribution to Near Surface Geophysics, 401-412, 2007
  • Marian Koskamp, Wageningen UR, Model study of chloride concentration in soil moisture and shallow groundwater in a saline seepage system (in Dutch)
  • Valentina Marconi, Uni of Bologna, Italy, Characterization of shallow fresh groundwater lenses in the Province of Zeeland with 2D geo-electrical surveys
  • Vesna Tripkovics, UNESCO-IHE, Salt water intrusion in The Province of Zeeland, the Netherlands - water system analysis and numerical modeling



  • Beatrice Giambastiani, Uni of Bolgona, Italy, Saltwater intrusion and water management in the unconfined coastal aquifer of Ravenna (Italy): a numerical model J. Hydrol. 340, 1-2, 91-104, 2007
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