Prof Okke Batelaan

Prof Okke Batelaan
Position/s:Strategic Professor Hydro(geo)logy
School of the Environment
Phone: +61 8 82012288
Email:
Location: Earth Sciences (315)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Biography

Okke Batelaan joined Flinders University, School of the Environment as Strategic Professor in 2012. He worked for 23 years in Belgium for the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and KU Leuven and still holds partial positions in both universities. He had a strong involvement in teaching and research with students and institutions from Africa, Asia and South America. His main research interest focuses on the interaction between shallow groundwater and land surface processes, as e.g. landuse, vegetation and climate change. He co-developed models for distributed hydrological modelling of shallow subsurface and surface hydrological processes with integration of GIS and remote sensing. Okke has a broad experience in teaching groundwater hydrology, groundwater modelling, GIS and remote sensing for hydrological applications. He published extensively in international and national journals and is a regular keynote lecturer. He is editor-in-chief of Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies; Hydrology-(MDPI); and associate-editor for Journal of Hydrology.

Qualifications

PhD in Engineering (Free University Brussels); MSc Hydrogeology (Free University Amsterdam)

Honours, awards and grants

Teaching

Teaching interests

I am coordinator of the Master of Science Water Resources Management, see for details: http://www.flinders.edu.au/courses/postgrad/wrm/wrm_home.cfm

Research and supervision

Research expertise

  • Environmental science and management
  • Other earth sciences

Research interests

Hydrogeology; Regional groundwater modelling; Recharge-discharge estimation; Groundwater-surface water interaction; Distributed hydrological modelling; GIS and remote sensing for hydrological modelling; ecohydrology; scientific and educational cooperation.

Supervisory interests

  • Catchment hydrology
  • GIS
  • Groundwater dependent ecosystems
  • Groundwater hydrology
  • Groundwater modelling
  • Groundwater rechange
  • Groundwater/surface water interaction
  • Hydrology
  • Remote sensing

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor: Groundwater/hydrology (PhD) (15);

Completion

Principal supervisor: Groundwater/hydrology (MSc) (143); Groundwater/hydrology (PhD) (11);

Associate supervisor: Groundwater/hydrology (PhD) (2);

Publications

Refereed journal articles
  • Ampe, E., Hestir, E., Bresciani, M., Salvadore, E., Brando, V., Dekker, A., et al. (2014). A Wavelet Approach for Estimating Chlorophyll-A From Inland Waters With Reflectance Spectroscopy. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE, 11(1) pp. 89-93. [10.1109/LGRS.2013.2247021]
  • Vansteenkiste, T., Tavakoli, M., Van Steenbergen, N., De Smedt, F., Batelaan, O., Pereira, F., et al. (2014). Intercomparison of five lumped and distributed models for catchment runoff and extreme flow simulation. Journal of Hydrology, 511 pp. 335-349. [Link]
  • Vandecasteele, I., Bianchi, A., Batista e Silva, F., Lavalle, C. and Batelaan, O. (2014). Mapping current and future European public water withdrawals and consumption. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18(2) pp. 407-416. [Link]
  • Elsawwaf, M., Feyen, J., Batelaan, O. and Bakr, M. (2014). Groundwater-surface water interaction in Lake Nasser, Southern Egypt. Hydrological Processes, 28(3) pp. 414-430. [10.1002/hyp.9563]
  • Tsakiris, G., Nalbantis, I., Vangelis, H., Verbeiren, B., Huysmans, M., Tychon, B., et al. (2013). A System-based Paradigm of Drought Analysis for Operational Management. Water Resources Management, 27(15) pp. 5281-5297. [10.1007/s11269-013-0471-4]
  • Rogiers, B., Beerten, K., Smeekens, T., Mallants, D., Gedeon, M., Huysmans, M., et al. (2013). The usefulness of outcrop-analogue air-permeameter measurements for analysing aquifer heterogeneity: testing outcrop hydrogeological parameters with independent borehole data. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17 pp. 5155-5166. [doi:10.5194/hess-17-5155-2013]
  • Rogiers, B., Beerten, K., Smeekens, T., Mallants, D., Gedeon, M., Huysmans, M., et al. (2013). Derivation of flow and transport parameters from outcropping sediments of the Neogene aquifer, Belgium. Geologica Belgica, 16(3) pp. 129-147. [Link]
  • Gokmen, M., Vekerdy, Z., Timmermans, J., Batelaan, O., Verhoef, W. and Lubczynski, M. (2013). Assessing Groundwater Storage Changes Using Remote Sensing-Based Evapotranspiration and Precipitation at a Large Semiarid Basin Scale. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 14(6) pp. 1733-1753. [Link]
  • Vansteenkiste, T., Tavakoli, M., Ntegeka, V., Willems, P., De Smedt, F. and Batelaan, O. (2013). Climate change impact on river flows and catchment hydrology: a comparison of two spatially distributed models. Hydrological Processes, 27(25) pp. 3649-3662. [10.1002/hyp.9480]
  • Albhaisi, M., Brendonck, L. and Batelaan, O. (2013). Predicted impacts of land use change on groundwater recharge of the upper Berg catchment, South Africa. Water SA, 39(2) pp. 211-220. [10.4314/wsa.v39i2.4]

Show all publications

Refereed journal articles
  • Vansteenkiste, T., Tavakoli, M., Van Steenbergen, N., De Smedt, F., Batelaan, O., Pereira, F., et al. (2014). Intercomparison of five lumped and distributed models for catchment runoff and extreme flow simulation. Journal of Hydrology, 511 pp. 335-349. [Link]
  • Ampe, E., Hestir, E., Bresciani, M., Salvadore, E., Brando, V., Dekker, A., et al. (2014). A Wavelet Approach for Estimating Chlorophyll-A From Inland Waters With Reflectance Spectroscopy. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE, 11(1) pp. 89-93. [10.1109/LGRS.2013.2247021]
  • Elsawwaf, M., Feyen, J., Batelaan, O. and Bakr, M. (2014). Groundwater-surface water interaction in Lake Nasser, Southern Egypt. Hydrological Processes, 28(3) pp. 414-430. [10.1002/hyp.9563]
  • Vandecasteele, I., Bianchi, A., Batista e Silva, F., Lavalle, C. and Batelaan, O. (2014). Mapping current and future European public water withdrawals and consumption. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18(2) pp. 407-416. [Link]
  • Gokmen, M., Vekerdy, Z., Verhoef, W. and Batelaan, O. (2013). Satellite-based analysis of recent trends in the ecohydrology of a semi-arid region. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17(10) pp. 3779-3794. [10.5194/hess-17-3779-2013]
  • Rogiers, B., Beerten, K., Smeekens, T., Mallants, D., Gedeon, M., Huysmans, M., et al. (2013). Derivation of flow and transport parameters from outcropping sediments of the Neogene aquifer, Belgium. Geologica Belgica, 16(3) pp. 129-147. [Link]
  • Rogiers, B., Beerten, K., Smeekens, T., Mallants, D., Gedeon, M., Huysmans, M., et al. (2013). The usefulness of outcrop-analogue air-permeameter measurements for analysing aquifer heterogeneity: testing outcrop hydrogeological parameters with independent borehole data. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17 pp. 5155-5166. [doi:10.5194/hess-17-5155-2013]
  • Ronchi, B., Clymans, W., Barão, A.L.P., Vandevenne, F., Struyf, E., Batelaan, O., et al. (2013). Transport of Dissolved Si from Soil to River: A Conceptual Mechanistic Model. Silicon, 5(1) pp. 115-133. [10.1007/s12633-012-9138-7]
  • Gokmen, M., Vekerdy, Z., Timmermans, J., Batelaan, O., Verhoef, W. and Lubczynski, M. (2013). Assessing Groundwater Storage Changes Using Remote Sensing-Based Evapotranspiration and Precipitation at a Large Semiarid Basin Scale. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 14(6) pp. 1733-1753. [Link]
  • Essa, W., van der Kwast, J., Verbeiren, B. and Batelaan, O. (2013). Downscaling of thermal images over urban areas using the land surface temperature-impervious percentage relationship. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 23 pp. 95-108. [10.1016/j.jag.2012.12.007]
  • Dams, J., Dujardin, J., R, R., Bashir, I., Canters, F. and Batelaan, O. (2013). Mapping impervious surface change from remote sensing for hydrological modeling. Journal of Hydrology, 485 pp. 84-95. [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.09.045]
  • Albhaisi, M., Brendonck, L. and Batelaan, O. (2013). Predicted impacts of land use change on groundwater recharge of the upper Berg catchment, South Africa. Water SA, 39(2) pp. 211-220. [10.4314/wsa.v39i2.4]
  • Tsakiris, G., Nalbantis, I., Vangelis, H., Verbeiren, B., Huysmans, M., Tychon, B., et al. (2013). A System-based Paradigm of Drought Analysis for Operational Management. Water Resources Management, 27(15) pp. 5281-5297. [10.1007/s11269-013-0471-4]
  • Verbeiren, B., Van de Voorde, T., Canters, F., Binard, M., Cornet, Y. and Batelaan, O. (2013). Assessing urbanisation effects on rainfall-runoff using a remote sensing supported modelling strategy. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 21 pp. 92-102. [10.1016/j.jag.2012.08.011]
  • Vansteenkiste, T., Tavakoli, M., Ntegeka, V., Willems, P., De Smedt, F. and Batelaan, O. (2013). Climate change impact on river flows and catchment hydrology: a comparison of two spatially distributed models. Hydrological Processes, 27(25) pp. 3649-3662. [10.1002/hyp.9480]
  • Tâm, V.T., Batelaan, O. and Lê, T.T. (2013). Application of downscalling method based on the LARS-WG weather generator toassess extreme rainfall features: a case study in the coastal plain of Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province. Journal of Sciences of the Earth, 35(1) pp. 217-222. [Link]
  • Ampe, E., Hamel, I., Salvadore, E., Dams, J., Bashir, I., Demarchi, L., et al. (2012). Impact of urban land-cover classification on groundwater recharge uncertainty. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 5(6) pp. 1859-1867. [10.1109/JSTARS.2012.2206573]
  • Anibas, C., Verbeiren, B., Buis, K., Chormanski, J., De Doncker, L., Okruszko, T., et al. (2012). A hierarchical approach on groundwater-surface water interaction in wetlands along the upper Biebrza River, Poland. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16(7) pp. 2329-2346. [10.5194/hess-16-2329-2012]
  • Berezowski, T., Chormanski, J., Batelaan, O., Canters, F. and Van de Voorde, T. (2012). Impact of remotely sensed land-cover proportions on urban runoff prediction. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 16 pp. 54-65. [10.1016/j.jag.2011.11.007]
  • Dams, J., Salvadore, E., Van Dael, T., Ntegeka, V., Willems, P. and Batelaan, O. (2012). Spatio-temporal impact of climate change on the groundwater system. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16(5) pp. 1517-1531. [10.5194/hess-16-1517-2012]
  • Witte, J., Runhaar, J., van Ek, R., van der Hoek, D., Bartholomeus, R., Batelaan, O., et al. (2012). An ecohydrological sketch of climate change impacts on water and natural ecosystems for the Netherlands: bridging the gap between science and society. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16(11) pp. 3945-3957. [10.5194/hess-16-3945-2012]
  • Ghilain, N., Arboleda, A., Sepulcre-Canto, G., Batelaan, O., Ardo, J. and Gellens-Meulenberghs, F. (2012). Improving evapotranspiration in a land surface model using biophysical variables derived from MSG/SEVIRI satellite. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16(8) pp. 2567-2583. [10.5194/hess-16-2567-2012]
  • Rogiers, B., Mallants, D., Batelaan, O., Gedeon, M., Huysmans, M. and Dassargues, A. (2012). Estimation of Hydraulic Conductivity and Its Uncertainty from Grain-Size Data Using GLUE and Artificial Neural Networks. Mathematical Geosciences, 44(6) pp. 739-763. [10.1007/s11004-012-9409-2]
  • Possemiers, M., Huysmans, M., Peeters, L., Batelaan, O. and Dassargues, A. (2012). Relationship between sedimentary features and permeability at different scales in the Brussels Sands. Geologica Belgica, 15(3) pp. 156-164. [Link]
  • Gokmen, M., Vekerdy, Z., Verhoef, A., Verhoef, W., Batelaan, O. and van der Tol, C. (2012). Integration of soil moisture in SEBS for improving evapotranspiration estimation under water stress conditions. Remote Sensing of Environment, 121 pp. 261-274. [10.1016/j.rse.2012.02.003]
  • Essa, W., Verbeiren, B., van der Kwast, J., Van de Voorde, T. and Batelaan, O. (2012). Evaluation of the DisTrad thermal sharpening methodology for urban areas. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 19 pp. 163-172. [10.1016/j.jag.2012.05.010]
  • Chormanski, J., Okruszko, T., Ignar, S., Batelaan, O., Rebel, K. and Wassen, M. (2011). Flood mapping with remote sensing and hydrochemistry: a new method to distinguish the origin of flood water during floods. Ecological Engineering, 37(9) pp. 1334-1349. [10.1016/j.ecoleng.2011.03.016]
  • Chormanski, J. and Batelaan, O. (2011). Application of the WetSpa distributed hydrological model for catchment with signifi cant contribution of organic soil. Upper Biebrza case study. Annals of Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW Land Reclamation, 43(1) pp. 25-35. [10.2478/v10060-008-0090-6]
  • Anibas, C., Buis, K., Verhoeven, R., Meire, P. and Batelaan, O. (2011). A simple thermal mapping method for seasonal spatial patterns of groundwater-surface water interaction. Journal of Hydrology, 397(1-2) pp. 93-104. [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.11.036]
  • Djuradin, J., Batelaan, O., Canters, F., Boel, S., Anibas, C. and Bronders, J. (2011). Improving surface-subsurface water budgeting using high resolution satellite imagery applied on a brownfield. Science of The Total Environment, 409(4) pp. 800-809. [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2010.10.055]
  • Tam, V. and Batelaan, O. (2011). A multi-analysis remote sensing supported approach for mapping groundwater resources in the karstic Meo Vac Valley, Vietnam. Hydrogeology Journal, 19(2) pp. 275-287. [10.1007/s10040-010-0684-z]
  • Rogiers, B., Lermytte, J., De Bie, E. and Batelaan, O. (2011). Evaluating the impact of river restoration on the local groundwater and ecological system: a case study in NE Flanders. Geologica Belgica, 14(3-4) pp. 265-276. [Link]
  • Grygoruk, M., Miroslaw-Swiatek, D., Okruszko, T., Batelaan, O. and Szatylowicz, J. (2011). Szacowanie Ewapotranspiracji Rzeczywistej Zakrzaczen Brzozowych Na Torfowisku Niskim Na Podstawie Dobowych Zmian Stanów Wód Podziemnych. Woda-Srodowisko-Obszary Wiejskie, 11(4) pp. 121-136. [Link]
  • Aish, A.M., Batelaan, O. and De Smedt, F. (2010). Distributed Recharge Estimation for Groundwater Modeling Using Wetspass Model, Case Study - Gaza Strip, Palestine. Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, 35(1B) pp. 155-163. [Link]
  • Peeters, L., Fasbender, D., Batelaan, O. and Dassargues, A. (2010). Bayesian data fusion for water table interpolation: Incorporating a hydrogeological conceptual model in kriging. Water Resources Research, 46(8) pp. W08520. [10.1029/2009WR008822]
  • Poelmans, L., Van Rompaey, A. and Batelaan, O. (2010). Coupling urban expansion models and hydrological models: How important are spatial patterns? LAND USE POLICY, 27(3) pp. 965-975. [10.1016/j.landusepol.2009.12.010]
  • Rojas, R., Batelaan, O., Feyen, L. and Dassargues, A. (2010). Assessment of conceptual model uncertainty for the regional aquifer Pampa del Tamarugal - North Chile. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 14 pp. 171-192. [10.5194/hess-14-171-2010]
  • Rojas, R., Feyen, L., Batelaan, O. and Dassargues, A. (2010). On the value of conditioning data to reduce conceptual model uncertainty in groundwater modeling. Water Resources Research, 46(8) pp. W08520. [10.1029/2009WR008822]
  • Rojas, R., Kahunde, S., Peeters, L., Batelaan, O., Feyen, L. and Dassargues, A. (2010). Application of a multimodel approach to account for conceptual model and scenario uncertainties in groundwater modelling. Journal of Hydrology, 394(3-4) pp. 416-435. [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.09.016]
  • Struyf, E., Smis, A., Van Damme, S., Garnier, J., Govers, G., Van Wesemael, B., et al. (2010). Historical land use change has lowered terrestrial silica mobilization. Nature Communications, 1(8) pp. 129. [10.1038/ncomms1128]
  • Anibas, C., Fleckenstein, J.H., Volze, N., Buis, K., Verhoeven, R., Meire, P., et al. (2009). Transient or steady-state? Using vertical temperature profiles to quantify groundwater-surface water exchange. Hydrological Processes, 23(15) pp. 2165-2177. [10.1002/hyp.7289]
  • Mohammed, G.A., Zijl, W., Batelaan, O. and De Smedt, F. (2009). Comparison of Two Mathematical Models for 3D Groundwater Flow: Block-Centered Heads and Edge-Based Stream Functions. Transport in Porous Media, 79(3) pp. 469-485. [10.1007/s11242-009-9336-y]
  • Nel, J., Xu, Y., Batelaan, O. and Brendonck, L. (2009). Benefit and Implementation of Groundwater Protection Zoning in South Africa. Water Resources Management, 23(14) pp. 2895-2911. [10.1007/s11269-009-9415-4]
  • Nyenje, P.M. and Batelaan, O. (2009). Estimating the effects of climate change on groundwater recharge and baseflow in the upper Ssezibwa catchment, Uganda. HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCES JOURNAL-JOURNAL DES SCIENCES HYDROLOGIQUES, 54(4) pp. 713-726. [10.1623/hysj.54.4.713]
  • van Loon, A.H., Schot, P.P., Griffioen, J., Bierkens, M.F.P., Batelaan, O. and Wassen, M.J. (2009). Throughflow as a determining factor for habitat contiguity in a near-natural fen. Journal of Hydrology, 379(1-2) pp. 30-40. [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.09.041]
  • Chormanski, J., Van de Voorde, T., De Roeck, T., Batelaan, O. and Canters, F. (2008). Improving Distributed Runoff Prediction in Urbanized Catchments with Remote Sensing based Estimates of Impervious Surface Cover. Sensors, 8(2) pp. 910-932. [10.3390/s8020910]
  • Dams, J., Woldeamlak, S.T. and Batelaan, O. (2008). Predicting land-use change and its impact on the groundwater system of the Kleine Nete catchment, Belgium. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 12 pp. 1369-1385. [10.5194/hess-12-1369-2008]
  • Roets, W., Xu, Y., Raitt, L., El-Kahloun, M., Meire, P., Calitz, F., et al. (2008). Determining discharges from the Table Mountain Group (TMG) aquifer to wetlands in the Southern Cape, South Africa. Hydrobiologia, 607(1) pp. 175-186. [10.1007/s10750-008-9389-x]
  • Kooistra, L., Wamelink, W., Schaepman-Strub, G., Schaepman, M., van Dobben, H., Aduaka, U., et al. (2008). Assessing and predicting biodiversity in a floodplain ecosystem: Assimilation of net primary production derived from imaging spectrometer data into a dynamic vegetation model. Remote Sensing of Environment, 112(5) pp. 2118-2130. [10.1016/j.rse.2007.10.010]
  • De Roeck, E.R., Verhoest, N.E.C., Miya, M.H., Lievens, H., Batelaan, O., Thomas, A., et al. (2008). Remote Sensing and Wetland Ecology: a South African Case Study. Sensors, 8(5) pp. 3542-3556. [10.3390/s8053542]
  • Batelaan, O., Triest, L. and De Smedt, F. (2003). Regional Groundwater Discharge: phreatophyte mapping, groundwater modelling and impact analysis of land-use change. Journal of Hydrology, 275(1-2) pp. 86-108. [Link]
  • Tam, V.T., Vu, T.M.N. and Batelaan, O. (2001). Hydrogeological characteristics of a karst mountainous catchment in the Northwest of Vietnam. ACTA GEOLOGICA SINICA-ENGLISH EDITION, 75(3) pp. 260-268. [10.1111/j.1755-6724.2001.tb00529.x]
  • Wang, Z., Batelaan, O. and De Smedt, F. (1996). A distributed model for water and energy transfer between soils, plants and atmosphere (WetSpa) Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 21(3) pp. 189-193. [Link]
Refereed conference papers
  • Gokman, M., van der Tol, C., Vekerdy, Z., Verhoef, W., Batelaan, O. and Sarikaya, H.Z. (2012). Towards an improved mapping of evapotranspiration in semi-arid regions. In CMU Neale & MH Cosh, ed. Proceedings of a Symposium organized by the International Commission on Remote Sensing of IAHS. Jackson Hole, USA: International Association of Hydrological Sciences. Remote Sensing and Hydrology Symposium. Jackson Hole, USA. Sep 2010, pp. 149-153.
  • Rogiers, B., Mallants, D., Batelaan, O., Gedeon, M., Huysmans, M. and Dassargues, A. (2012). The usefulness of CPTs for deterministic, spatially heterogeneous, large-scale aquitard parameterisation. In SE Oswald, O Kolditz & S Attinger, ed. Models - Repositories of Knowledge. Leipzig, Germany: International Association of Hydrological Sciences. ModelCARE2011. Leipzig, Germany. Sep 2011, pp. 41-47.
  • Anibas, C., Buis, K., Getatchew, A., Batelaan, O., Verhoeven, R. and Meire, P. (2008). Determination of groundwater fluxes in the Belgian Aa River by sensing and simulation of streambed temperatures. In C Abesser, T Wagener & G Nuetzmann, ed. Groundwater-surface water interaction: Process understanding, conceptualization and modelling. Wallington, UK: International Association of Hydrological Sciences. International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics XXIV General Assembly. Perugia, Italy. Jul 2007, pp. 46-53.
  • Batelaan, O., Asefa, T., Van Rossum, P. and De Smedt, F.H. (2003). Groundwater flow modelling of three wetland ecosystems in river valleys in Flanders, Belgium. In N Verhoest, J Hudson, R Hoeben & F De Troch, ed. Monitoring and modelling catchment water quantity and quality. Paris, France: UNESCO. 8th Conference of the European Network of Experimental and Representative Basins (ERB) Ghent, Belgium. Sep 2000, pp. 1-7. [Link]
  • Batelaan, O., De Smedt, F.H., Valle, M.N.O. and Huybrechts, W. (1993). Development and application of a groundwater model integrated in the GIS GRASS. In HP Nachtnebel & K Kovar, ed. Application of Geographic Information Systems in Hydrology and Water Resources Management. Oxfordshire, UK: IAHS. HydroGIS 93. Vienna, Austria. Apr 1993, pp. 581-589. [Link]
Journal articles
  • Batelaan, O., Hughes, D., Swarzenski, P. and Willems, P. (2013). Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies. Journal of Hydrology, 507 pp. A1-A2. [Link]

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Professional and community engagement

Subject/s

  • Groundwater

Further information

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