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Increasing the effectiveness of Early Warning Early Action systems to reduce the impacts of droughts and floods

  • 1 March, 2020
  • VU University Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)
  • Prof. Jeroen Aerts & Prof. Bart van den Hurk
  • Dr Toon Haer & Dr Hans de Moel

Tim Busker is a PhD Researcher at the department of Water and Climate Risk of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Tim has a background in drought and flood risk management, remote sensing and hydrological forecasting. Tim graduated from the MSc Earth Surface and Water in 2017, with a specialization in Natural Hazards and Earth Observation. His previous scientific work experience includes work at the Water Resources Unit of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. After that, he worked as a project coordinator and lecturer in the Flood Resilience group of IHE-Delft.
Tim’s PhD research focusses on anticipatory water management to reduce flood and drought risk in the Netherlands and Africa, using meteorological forecasting techniques. As part of the RESILIO project, he investigates the potential of blue-green roofs to reduce pluvial flood risk in Amsterdam. With an assessment it will be determined if and how the value of these green infrastructures increase if they anticipate on precipitation forecasts. As part of the DOWN2EARTH project, Tim’s research will continue with the goal to improve drought adaptation measures based on seasonal ECMWF forecasts in the Horn of Africa.


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