Deltares- Advancing Hydrological Forecasting

Study phase

WO Master


Zuid-Holland, Randstad



Required languages



Consultancy, Wetenschap




6, 6+

About us

We are Deltares. A not-for-profit, world-leading, and mission-driven Dutch knowledge institute for water and the subsurface. We work throughout the world and we are guided by the major societal issues, for which Deltares' knowledge is indispensable. This is what drives our highly qualified workforce of 800 colleagues, which is comprised of over forty different nationalities.

Using applied research, we develop in-depth knowledge that is necessary and useful for decisions. By ensuring this knowledge is accessible to everyone, we help with innovative solutions.

Where do we make a difference? By building on the continuity of our knowledge base. As an important knowledge partner, we help the government, companies, and society. Together, we achieve our mission: Enabling Delta Life.

For more than a century, we have been working passionately to find answers to the burning question that drives our research: how can we keep our deltas, and coastal and river areas, safe, sustainable, and habitable - both now and in the future?

This question is more relevant and urgent than ever. That is also the case for policy- and decision-makers working for the Dutch government, water authorities, provincial authorities, commercial companies, universities, research institutes, NGOs, and our other international, partners.

Big challenges, such as climate change, sea level rise, land subsidence, salinisation, drought, and limited space, may require them to make far-reaching decisions; what should we tackle first and how should we go about it? Transitions in energy and agriculture, the circular economy, and sustainability can - and should - no longer be viewed separately in terms of their impact on ecosystems, biodiversity and human health. They require robust, innovative and integrated solutions.

Job description

Advancing Hydrological Forecasting and Flash Flood Early Warning: Establishing an Operational Testbed for Innovation in North America.

The study aims to establish an operational forecasting testbed for advanced hydrological forecasting and flash flood

early warning in North America. The testbed will likely be set up in the Squamish Nation near Vancouver, Canada, which

is a traditional territory vulnerable to snowmelt, rainfall, and coastal flood risk. The proposed work aligns with Deltares’

Mission Safe Deltas and involves collaboration with North American partners.

The two main areas of innovation in this project are Earth Observation snow data assimilation in hydrological

forecasting models and radar-based precipitation nowcasting for flash flood early warning in mountainous basins.

By operationalizing novel data sources and methodologies, this project represents a significant step forward in

operationalizing innovative techniques for flood forecasting, with the potential to improve early warning systems and

mitigate the impacts of snowmelt, rainfall, and coastal floods in vulnerable mountainous catchments.

We are looking for a highly motivated student who will work on an important research step in this work: improving

rainfall nowcasting techniques for mountainous river basins using AI techniques, such as the recent deep generative

model of Google’s DeepMind. Mountainous areas are still challenging when it comes to rainfall and flash flood

forecasting, due to the rapid development of localized, intense rainfall cells. Being able to better forecasts

rainfall on the short term, with so-called nowcasting techniques, will assist in enabling early warning in

these types of basins. At the end of the research project, the tested techniques can become part of

the operational testbed.


Enrolled in a relevant MSc program software development, data science, earth observation,

or innovative technologies for modeling or monitoring.

To facilitate collaboration with Dutch universities for our internship program, we encourage students who are currently enrolled in a Dutch university and residing in the Netherlands to apply.

Working conditions

Program duration is 6 – 9 months starting September 2023.

Interning with Deltares means a monthly student allowance of €550 (depending on your

study points), flexible working hours, and the chance to work alongside top researchers from a Triple A institute.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to make a difference!