Petra Hulsman specializes in hydrology, hydrological modelling and the use of satellite observations for this purpose.


Currently, I am a post-doctoral researcher at Ghent University where I work with satellite observations and the Global Land Evaporation Amsterdam Model (GLEAM). During my master, I started specializing in hydrology. As part of my MSc thesis, I developed a rainfall-runoff model for a Kenyan river basin to estimate among others the water availability. Afterwards, during my PhD research, I continued with hydrological modelling in a poorly gauged, semi-arid river basin focusing on the added value of satellite observations for process understanding, model structure development and model calibration.


Address: Coupure links 653 - Room A2.010

               9000 Ghent, Belgium

Phone: +32 9 264 61 40



2021 – now: Post-doctoral research fellow - Ghent University, Hydro-Climate Extremes Lab

2017 – 2021: Doctoral research fellow - TUDelft, Civil Engineering, Watermanagement

2016 – 2016: Junior Researcher - TUDelft, Civil Engineering, Watermanagement

2012 – 2015: Double degree master (Hydraulic Engineering & Water Resources Management) – TUDelft, Netherlands & NUS, Singapore

Recent and ongoing projects

4DMED–Hydrology: High-resolution satellite-based hydrology in the Mediterranean (2021-2023)

ET–Sense: High resolution terrestrial evaporation from Sentinels (2019–2021)

ZAMSECUR: Enhancing Water, Food and Energy Security in the Lower Zambezi (2018 – 2022)

MaMaSe: Mau Mara Serengeti Sustainable Water Initiative (2014 – 2017)

Selected publications