Dr. Bart van Osnabrugge


PhD, 2020: Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management, Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands.

MSc, 2015: Water Management, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands.

BSc, 2011: Civil Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands.


2020-present: Researcher / Advisor, Deltares, Delft, Netherlands.

Short Bio

Bart is a Postdoctoral Fellow with Global Water Futures, based at the University of Saskatchewan in Canmore. His post-doc has two themes: 1) computational intelligence and 2) bringing research to practice.

Bart currently works on benchmarking SUMMA based models and to integrate benchmarking workflows as a model agnostic component. A particular interest here, is to find out how benchmarking can increase the uptake of new developments. His supervisors are Martyn Clark (Usask, computational intelligence theme) and Alain Pietroniro (University of Calgary, research to practice theme).

Bart’s long term research interest is hydrological forecasting from start to finish, including end-user engagement and decision making. In this regard, Bart also maintains a one-day-a-week position with Deltares, a research institute from the Netherlands known for their widely used Delft-FEWS forecasting platform. This combination promotes applying academic research in practice.


van Osnabrugge, B., A. H. Weerts, and R. Uijlenhoet. “genRE: A method to extend gridded precipitation climatology data sets in near real‐time for hydrological forecasting purposes.” Water Resources Research 53.11 (2017): 9284-9303.

van Osnabrugge, Bart, Remko Uijlenhoet, and Albrecht Weerts. “Contribution of potential evaporation forecasts to 10-day streamflow forecast skill for the Rhine River.” Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 23.3 (2019): 1453-1467.

Imhoff, R. O., Van Verseveld, W. J., Van Osnabrugge, B., & Weerts, A. H. (2020). Scaling Point‐Scale (Pedo) transfer Functions to Seamless Large‐Domain Parameter Estimates for High‐Resolution Distributed Hydrologic Modeling: An Example for the Rhine River. Water Resources Research, 56(4).

van Osnabrugge, Bart. Interpolate, simulate, assimilate: operational aspects of improving hydrological forecasts in the Rhine basin. Diss. Wageningen University, 2020.

Dr. Bart van Osnabrugge

Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Hydrology, Coldwater Laboratory


We seek to improve understanding and predictions of hydrological processes at scales from hillslopes to continents

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