I graduated from the University of Ghent (Belgium) in Agricultural Engineering (1985), and obtained an MSc in Control Systems Engineering (1989). Meanwhile I worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Management and the Seminar for Applied Mathematics. From January to August 1992 I visited the Water Resources Program of Princeton University and assisted Dr. E.F. Wood developing remote sensing applications in hydrological modeling. In 1993 I got my PhD in Hydrology entitled "Conceptual Basinscale Runoff Process Models for Humid Catchments: Analysis, Synthesis and Applications". I was appointed assistant-professor (1993) and associate-professor (1996) at the Department of Forest and Water Management of the University of Ghent. In 1999 I moved to the Netherlands to become full professor in Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management of Wageningen University. In November 2005 I joined the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources of the UA. I was associate-editor for Water Resources Research from 1999 to 2005 and I am member of the editorial board of Advances in Water Resources.
My research aims at a better understanding of catchment scale hydrological processes through advanced measurement, modeling and synthesis methods. My objectives are:
The motivation is to contribute to improved water resources management in the light of climate change and other human influences on the hydrological cycle.
- Developing, testing and applying advanced observation methods for hydrological fluxes and states at a range of spatial and temporal scales
- Developing hillslope to catchment scale hydrological models for water and solute transport
- Hydrological synthesis at the catchment scale with special attention to hydrological extremes