Hubert Savenije

Prof. Savenije was born in the Netherlands and studied at the Delft University of Technology, where he obtained his MSc in Hydrology in 1977. As a young graduate hydrologist, he worked for six years in Mozambique, where he developed a theory on salt intrusion in estuaries and studied the hydrology of international rivers.

From 1985-1990 he worked as an international consultant, mostly in Asia and Africa. He joined academia in 1990 to complete his PhD in 1992. In 1994, he was appointed Professor of Water Resources Management at the IHE (now UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education) in Delft, the Netherlands. Since 1999, he has been Professor of Hydrology at the Delft University of Technology, where he is the head of the Water Resources Section.

He is President of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences and Executive Editor of the journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.


Full Professor of Hydrology at the Department of Water Management, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology


PhD, Delft University of Technology

MSc in Hydrology, Delft University of Technology

Recent publications

  • Edixhoven, JD, Gupta, J & Savenije, HHG (2014). Recent revisions of phosphate rock reserves and resources: a critique. Earth System Dynamics, 5(2), 491-207.
  • Gisen, JIA, Savenije, HHG, Nijzink, RC & Abd. Wahab, AK (2015). Testing a 1-D analytical salt intrusion model and its predictive equations in Malaysian estuaries. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 60(1), 156-172.
  • Berghuijs, WR, Sivapalan, M, Woods, RA & Savenije, HHG (2014). Patterns of similarity of seasonal water balances: A window into streamflow variability over a range of time scales. Water Resources Research, 50(7), 5638-5661.
  • Bloschl, G, Bardossy, A, Koutsoyiannis, D, Kundzewicz, ZW, Littlewood, I, Montanari, A & Savenije, HHG (2014). Joint Editorial “On the future of journal publications in hydrology”. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18(6), 2433-2435.
  • Cai, H, Savenije, HHG & Jiang, C (2014). Analytical approach for predicting fresh water discharge in an estuary based on tidal water level observations. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18(10), 4153-4168.

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