About the author




Name: Miriam Coenders
Address: see contact information


2005-2010 PhD Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Thesis entitled ‘The role of interception in the hydrological cycle’

1998 – 2005 Masters Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Civil Engineering (CiTG): Watermanagement – Hydrology. Graduation project: ‘Hydrological modelling of the Zambezi catchment for gravity measurements’

1992 – 1998 High school (VWO): Jac. P. Thijsse College in Castricum, the Netherlands. Dutch, English, Math A, Math B, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Economy

Aug 2021 – present Associate professor at Delft University of Technology.

Oct 2011 – Aug 2021 Assistant professor at Delft University of Technology.

Jan 2010 – Oct 2011 Researcher/Lecturer at Delft University of Technology.

Jun 2005 – Sep 2010 PhD-student, Delft University of Technology / CRP-Gabriel Lippmann. Topic ‘the role of interception in the hydrological cycle

Feb 2005 – Jun 2005 Researcher, Delft University of Technology. Hydrology. Editorial work for the book “Salinity and Tides in Alluvial estuaries” from prof.dr.ir. H.H.G. Savenije, programming CD-ROM, maintaining website, 3D-modelling, etc.

Sep 2004 – Feb 2005 Student assistant of prof.dr.ir. N.C. van de Giesen, DUT. Water Resources Management. Building section website, guiding Sobek tutorial (5th year course ‘operational watermanagement’), editing lecture notes, etc.

Sep 2003 – Oct 2003 Traineeship by engineering company ‘Wareco Amsterdam’, the Netherlands. Department ‘Water resources management’. Doing geo-hydrological fieldwork, analysing measuring results, reporting, assisting with several projects on urban water problems, etc.

Oct 2002 – Sep 2004 Student assistant of prof.dr.ir. H.H.G. Savenije, DUT. Hydrology. Editing lecture notes, organizing and guiding several field trips to Luxembourg and Belgium, maintaining website, doing hydrological research, building measuring equipment, creating lecture sheets, (academic) posters, etc.

Feb 2002 – Oct 2002 Student assistant of prof.ir. L.A.G. Wagemans, DUT. ‘Structural Engineering’. Creating new lecture notes and lecture sheets for 3rd year course ‘Structural engineering 3’.

2001 – 2002 Tutor first year students, DUT. Guiding first year students on the university

Qualification: University Teaching Qualification Dutch Universities (UTQ/BKO) in 2011

:: Courses _______

  • Module manager ENVM1400 – Quality, Quantity and Design, Information and Design; 4th year MSc course (15 ECTS)
  • Responsible for CIE4440 – Hydrological Measurements; 4th year MSc course on hydrological measuring techniques
  • Responsible for CT3412 – Metingen aan Water; 3rd year minor course on measuring techniques in water engineering
  • Lecturer for CTB2420 – Hydrologie; 2nd year BSc-course on the basics of hydrology

:: Supervision _______

See Students projects



  • NWO ASPASIA [2021] Related to VIDI-proposal: Spider webbing the land-atmosphere
  • Outstanding Editor Award 2019 of Hydrology and Earth System Sciences journal
  • NWO-ALW Veni 2015 “Detecting the invisible water drain: evaporation” (863.15.022): 250.000 euro
  • Best poster award 2006 of Water Research Centre Delft
  • Grant ‘Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg’ BFR05/089 (2005-2009)


  • Editorships
    • Editorial board Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Copernicus journal (2016-current) *Outstanding Editor Award 2019*
    • Associate editor Ecohydrology, Wiley journal (2016-current)
    • Associate editor Water Resources Research, AGU (2013-current)
    • Guest editor of special issue “Advances in Rainfall and Evaporation partitioning” by MDPI-Geosciences (Miriam Coenders-Gerrits and John van Stan) [2018-2019]
    • Guest editor of special issue “Water, isotope and solute fluxes in the soil–plant–atmosphere interface: investigations from the canopy to the root zone” in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (Natalie Orlowski, Matthias Sprenger, Josie Geris, Pilar Llorens, Lixin Wang, and Miriam Coenders-Gerrits) [2019-2020]
  • Conference organisation
    • Organisation NKWK-conference 17-05-2016 (Nationaal Kennis- en innovatieplatform Water en Klimaat) 2016 (400 participants)
    • Organisation Boussinesq Summer Event (26-08-2015, Delft). Towards long-term hydrological sites? (40 participants)
    • Member of the organisation committee of the yearly Water Research Centre Delft symposium 2007 (16-01-2007, Delft congress centre). Theme of the symposium “Water management in fast developing urban areas in Asia”; about 120 participants
  • Activities within Boussinesq Center
    • Secretary of board Boussinesq Center (2017-2023)
    • Webmaster of the Boussinesq Center (2008-2023). Dutch umbrella organisation for hydrological sciences.
  • Activities within EGU:
    • Convener of sessions during the EGU General Assembly:
      • Innovative sensing techniques and data analysis approaches to increase hydrological process understanding [2016- 2018]
      • Redistribution of water and solutes by vegetation: Patterns, processes, and interactions at the soil-atmosphere interface [2012-2020]
      • Recent advances and future perspectives of the Budyko water balance framework [2015-2018]
      • Environmental and anthropogenic change: adaptation and co-evolution in ecohydrological systems [2014]
      • Precipitation and urban hydrology [2014]
      • Environmental and anthropogenic change effects on interlinked ecohydrological systems – physical constraints, ecological adaptation and societal decisions [2013]
    • Organizer of young scientists activities during the EGU General Assembly:
      • How to write (and publish) a scientific paper in hydrology [2013, 2014]
      • Meet the expert [2013, 2014]
    • Webmaster of Hydrological Sciences-division (HS) of European Geosciences Union (2011-current)
  • Education
    • Design team of new Master curriculum ‘Environmental Engineering’, TU Delft. (2019-current)
    • Member of Board of Studies Civil Engineering and Geosciences, TU Delft (2011-2015)
    • Board member of the student association of Civil Engineering (1200 members): Het Gezelschap “Practische Studie”, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands (Sep. 2000 – Sep. 2001). Field of expertise: education Advising and deciding about educational affairs, guiding several committees (workshop, association magazine ‘ExtraCT’, 2nd year response group, educational discussions)
    • Member of the student counsel of the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands (Sep. 2000 – Sep. 2002). Approving of Education and Examination Regulations and Students’ Statute, advising about students’ matters, etc.
  • Others
    • Participant in several committees and activities of the student association Excursions, company visits, educational discussion, parent day, 1st year response group, etc.
    • Group leader of ‘Scouting Rurik Heiloo’, the Netherlands (1998-2003). Organizing weekly meetings, weekend camps and summer camps for children from 11 to 14 years old.

Dutch: native language
English: good
German: fair
French: fair

All regular office tools, such as Windows, iOS, e-mail, MS Office, OpenOffice, etc. Also experience with Linux (Ubuntu).

  • GIS: Idrisi, ArcGIS, PCRaster, WinDisp, IDL
  • Model environments: HYDRUS-3D, JBuilder, Sobek, STREAM
  • Programming & scripting languages:  Matlab, Python, Maple, LaTeX, HTML, Java, JavaScript, Turbo Pascal, Blaise, UML
  • Other: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Quark Express, Blender3D, The Gimp, AutoCAD

Member of the “American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Member of the “International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
Member of the “European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Member of the “Koninklijk Instituut Voor Ingenieurs (KIVI)“, the Dutch Royal Institute for Engineers
Member of the “Nederlandse Hydrologische Vereniging (NHV)“, the Dutch hydrological society