Han Winterwerp

Morphodynamics and sediment transport

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Prof. Winterwerp is expert on morphodynamics and sediment transport and Senior Specialist on cohesive sediment transport at Deltares. He is participating in and responsible for basic research and consultancy on sediment transport and morphological development in estuarine and coastal environments. He has executed many hydrodynamic, hydro-thermal and hydro-morphological studies all over the world as project leader and as expert in multi-disciplinary project teams, using the various mathematical models developed by Deltares. Amongst these are sediment transport studies for the ports of Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and Antwerp in the Scheldt estuary, Belgium/Netherlands; of Cochin, India; for Neva Bay, St. Petersburg, Russia; for the Segara Anakan Lagoon, Java, Indonesia; for the Yangtze estuary and the Yellow River, China; for the Humber estuary, UK; for the Loire estuary, France; for the Amazon River and Patos Lagoon, Brazil; and for the Atchafalaya estuary and Passaic River, USA. Furthermore, he has worked on the mud-mangrove coasts of Thailand, Guyana and Suriname.

For many years, a major part of the work of Prof. Winterwerp is dedicated to basic research into the behavior and properties of cohesive sediments and the application of the results to estuarine studies. A part of this research is carried out during his part-time affiliation as associate professor with Delft University of Technology. He is the author / co-author of more than 120 publications in Scientific Journals and Reference Books and contributed to many International Conferences – these publications have been cited many hundred times, and two publications have received international awards. Prof. Winterwerp is editor of two international journals and reviewer for 10 other journals. Prof. Winterwerp supervised 15 PhD-projects and numerous MSc-projects.

Working experience

2011 - Present Delft University of Technology Professor Sediment Dynamics, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Section of Environmental Fluid Mechanics
1999 - 2011 Delft University of Technology Associate Professor, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Section of Environmental Fluid Mechanics
2008 - Present Deltares Senior Expert Morphology and Sediment Transport
1997 - 2007 Delft Hydraulics Expert Morphology and Sediment Transport
1997 - Present WL | Delft Hydraulics / Deltares Product Manager Cohesive Sediment Transport
1991 - 1997 WL | Delft Hydraulics Head Morphology and Sediment Transport Section; Marine, Coastal and Estuarine Management
1992 - 1997 Delft University of Technology, Department of Civil Engineering Part time affiliation
1987 - 1990 WL | Delft Hydraulics Project Manager Basic Research in Estuaries, Estuaries and Seas Division
1978 - 1987 WL | Delft Hydraulics Project Engineer, Estuaries and Seas Division
1976 - 1978 Fokker Ltd. Aeronautical Engineering Department