Okke Batelaan

Brief Introduction

Name: Okke Batelaan
Highest qualification and awarding university PhD in Engineering. Free University Brussels.
Designation Strategic Professor
Employer Flinders University 
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Key areas of interest Shallow groundwater hydrology and modelling; recharge-discharge estimation and modelling; urban hydrology and distributed modelling; ecohydrology and impacts of landuse and climate change on groundwater systems. 
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Okke Batelaan is Strategic Professor in Hydrogeology at Flinders University since 2012. Formerly he was faculty member at the Free University Brussels and the KU Leuven, Belgium. He has a broad experience in teaching integrated water resources management, groundwater hydrology, groundwater modelling, GIS and remote sensing for hydrological applications. He (co-)supervised to completion more than 200 Master and PhD students. He is an active researcher and participated in many projects in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and Australia; a board member of the Goyder Institute for Water Research;; editor-in-chief of Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies and associate editor for Journal of Hydrology.

Research Project

  1. Support to the development of a Groundwater Profile for Lao PDR and a Sustainable Groundwater Management Plan for the Sekong Basin. Australia-Mekong Water Facility, Australian Water Partnership
  2. Optimising the management of plantation, water and environmental assets. Collaborative Agreement (NIF084-1819), Funding: National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI)
  3. Exploring opportunities to expand groundwater use for livelihood enhancement and climate change adaptation in Laos. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research together with International Water Management Institute

Key Publications/Reports

  1. Enemark, T., Peeters, L., Mallants, D., Flinchum, B. and Batelaan, O., 2020, A systematic approach to hydrogeological conceptual model testing, combining remote sensing and geophysical data. Water Resources Research 56(8): e2020WR027578. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020wr027578.
  2. Vu, H.M., Shanafield, M., Nhat, T.T., Partington, D. and Batelaan, O., 2020, Mapping catchment-scale unmonitored groundwater abstractions: Approaches based on soft data. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 30: 100695. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrh.2020.100695.
  3. Esfahani, R.A., Batelaan, O., Hutson, J.L. and Fallowfield, H.J., 2020, Role of biofilm on virus inactivation in limestone aquifers: implications for managed aquifer recharge. Journal of Environmental Health Science and Engineering 18(1): 21-34. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40201-019-00431-5. https://rdcu.be/b30Rm
  4. Enemark, T., Peeters, L.J.M., Mallants, D. and Batelaan, O., 2019, Hydrogeological conceptual model building and testing: A review. Journal of Hydrology 569: 310-329. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.12.007
  5. Bresciani, E., Goderniaux, P. and Batelaan, O., 2016, Hydrogeological controls of water table-land surface interactions. Geophysical Research Letters 43(18): 9653-9661, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2016GL070618.