Short CV

Gerbrant van Vledder is involved in the research, development and application of wind wave models, wind and wave climatology, assessment of renewable energy resource, metocean conditions, wave measurements, tsunami risk assessment, oceanography and hydraulic boundary conditions for harbours, offshore and coastal structures.




Gerbrant van Vledder studied Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology and obtained his Master thesis (cum laude) in 1983 on the subject of the statistics of wave groups in wind generated waves under supervision of prof. J.A. Battjes. Hereafter he studied methods of wave prediction, focusing on the role of non-linear four-wave interactions. He obtained his Ph.D in 1990 entitled “The directional response of wind waves to turning winds” under the supervision of prof. J.A. Battjes and Dr. L.H. Holthuijsen. From 1988 to1996 he worked as a research engineer at WL | Delft Hydraulics (now part of Deltares) in the field of coastal engineering with a focus on the development and application of numerical wave models. From 1996-2011 he worked at Alkyon Hydraulic Consultancy & Research as a research engineer in the field of coastal engineering and wave modelling. From 2011 to 2013 he worked at BMT ARGOSS as a senior advisor on Oceanography and Wave Modelling. From 2007 till 2014 he was also  part-time  assocate professor in the Section Environmental Fluid Mechanics, in the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Since 2014 he is a visiting scientist in this group.  He is also a member of the SWAN and SWASH development teams. In this group he provides guidance to bachelor, master and Ph.D students. He is member of various STW (Technology Foundation the Netherlands) user committees and participates in Ph.D. defense committees. For many years he is peer reviewer of e.g. Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Physical Oceanography, Coastal Engineering, Ocean Modelling, Continental Shelf Research, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Physical Oceanography, Nonlinear Processes in GeoSciences, Ocean Energy, Ocean Engineering, and Renewable Energy. In October 2013 he started as an independent advisor in the fields of wave modeling and hydraulic research.


2013- present


Owner, Van Vledder Consulting, Wave Modelling & Hydraulic Research, The Netherlands.




Visiting Scientist, Section of Environmental Fluid mechanics. Civil Engineeringand GeoSciences, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. 



Senior Advisor Oceanography and Wave Modelling at BMT ARGOSS, The Netherlands. 




Associate Professor at Section of Environmental Fluid mechanics. Civil Engineeringand GeoSciences, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.  



Research Engineer, Marine infrastructure group Alkyon Hydraulic Consultancy & Research / Arcadis, The Netherlands. 



Project Engineer, Hydro-dynamics group at Delft Hydraulics, Harbours, Coasts and Offshore Technology Division, The Netherlands.  



Visiting fellow (one month) Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Australia. Cooperation with Ian Young regarding non-linear four-wave interactions.  



Scientific Assistant, Dep. Civil Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.  



Assistant computer applications in civil engineering. Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.