Curriculum Vitae

My name is Wout van Dijk and I work as a consultant at Arcadis NL at the department of Rivers, Coasts and Seas.

I have been working for 10 years at the University, were I have done some interesting research within some bigger projects. Within the Vici-project of Maarten Kleinhans, 'Turning the Tide', I was involved in studying the role of shoal margin collapses and their effect on the channel-shoal morphodynamics. Therefore, I first studied the origin of shoal margin collapses in the Western Scheldt, and afterwards I modelled shoal margin collapses in Delft3D to study the difference in development of the system when collapses are included. Afterwards, I studied the role of other disturbances, such as dredging and disposal on the long-term development of the system.

During my postdoc at Durham University, I was involved in the Changing Water Cycle project - Model the architecture of the palaeochannel aquifer system, constrained by data from the northwestern Indo-Gangetic Plains, to develop a regional-scale understanding of aquifer geometry, the degree of connectivity within the system, and its likely evolution over Holocene time scales.

For my PhD-research I studied how meandering rivers can form in a laboratory. Earlier experiments failed to reproduce sustainable meandering. The question is to what extent this is due to scaling problems and to what extent it reflects our limited understanding. We simulates several river patterns by varying discharge regime and adding vegetation or cohesive fines to the experiments. Our experiments represents a gravel-bed river. A very nice example of a gravel-bed meandering river is the river Allier in France (in reserve naturelle Val d'Allier).

June 2019 - present: Consultant at Arcadis NL
May 2016 - April 2019: Post-doctoral Research Associate at the department of Physical Geography, Universiteit Utrecht
Oct 2013 - Feb 2016: Post-doctoral Research Associate at the department of Geography, Durham University
April-August 2013: Post-doc position at the department of Physical Geography, Universiteit Utrecht

5th July 2013: PhD defense Dissertation Title: Meandering rivers - feedbacks between channel dynamics, floodplain and vegetation.
2006-2009: MSc-degree: Physical Geography, MSc-thesis: Effect of bank strength on experimental meandering rivers
2003-2006: BSc-degree, Earth-science, BSc-thesis: River deltas on Earth as analogues for Martian river deltas

During my Masters, I did a internship at Deltares, Delft. Here, I worked at the department of River science and transport on water.

ResearcherID K-9411-2013 citations: 749, h-index: 17
Scopus Author ID 55550583100 citations: 771, h-index: 16
Google Scholar Wout M. van Dijk citations: 1219, h-index: 20
Researchgate Wout M van Dijk citations: 1061, h-index: 20 (without self-citations 17)
ORCID 0000-0002-7276-1824

Awards Union Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) award EGU General Assembly 2012 (Geomorphology)


Dutch journal for ingenieurs (De Ingenieur)

Dutch newspaper, science (NRC-weekend)

Live interview on national radio (Dutch radio 1, Tros)

Dutch television-program shows labs at the Utrecht University (RTV Utrecht, Bij ons in....)

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Our research on Dutch national television told by Maarten Kleinhans (De Wereld Leert Door)