Transatlantic Solutions to Sea Level Rise Adaptation:
Moving Beyond the Threat

October 30-31, 2013; Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Eelco van Beek
Deltares and Twente University and UNESCO-IHE
The Netherlands

Prof. Eelco van Beek (Netherlands, 1948) is a senior Integrated Water Resources Planning specialist. During the 40 years of his professional career he has been involved in many water resources projects all over the world, integrating the water resources issues ‘too much, too little and too dirty’ into an overall spatial and environmental planning approach. This includes national water resources plans for the Netherlands, Egypt and Trinidad-Tobago, as well as more specific regional water resources projects in Indonesia, Iran, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Ghana, India, Mexico and Bangladesh. In many of the more recent projects climate change adaptation and increasing the resilience of the system to climate variability and change plays a major role.

He combines his advisory specialist role at Deltares (70%) with an academic role as full professor at Twente University and UNESCO-IHE (30%), among others supervising MSc theses and PhD dissertations on strategic issues on water resources. He is project leader of several major national research projects on how to deal in water management with the uncertainties of an unknown future. Since January 2012 he is a member of the Technical Committee (TEC) of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), the leading international organization advocating Integrated Water Resource Management.