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Mr Wouter Berghuijs

Mr Wouter Berghuijs

Mr Wouter Berghuijs

Civil Engineering (PhD)

Area of research

Catchment classification, similarity and global hydrology


The global diversity of climate, soils, vegetation, topography, as well as human activities results in a myriad of water balance regimes around the world. In many sciences classification is a standard first step in the process of scientific analysis and synthesis. Hydrology does not possess established principles of similarity for catchment behavior to classify the global diversity of water balance regimes. Consequently hydrologists rely on ad-hoc methods for prediction of catchment behavior and testing of new hypotheses. In my PhD study I will use data-sets from catchments located accross different climatic and land-scape regimes to establish principles of similarity that can describe the landscape and climatic diversity in a consise manner. 


Wouter Berghuijs graduated from the Delft University of Technology with degrees in Civil Engineering (BSc) and Hydrology (MSc, Cum Laude). During his MSc Wouter spend three Months at the University of Illinous to work with Murugesu Sivapalan. Additionally, he spend three months at the University of Bristol to work with Ross Woods as part of his MSc thesis. 

Besise his current PhD study Wouter serves as the current Young Scientist Representative for the European Gesciences Union Hydrology Division is co-founder and chairman of the Young Hydrologic Society (



  • Hydrology
  • Water Resources Management
  • Classification
  • Snow

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