Associate Professor Willem Vervoort

Associate Professor in Hydrology and Catchment Management, Department of Environmental Sciences

C81 - ATP - The Biomedical Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 8627 1054
Fax +61 2 8627 1099

Biographical details

Willem Vervoort has an undergraduate degree from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and a PhD in field hydrology from the University of Georgia. He has been working at the University of Sydney since 1999.

Research interests

I am interested in a variety projects related to water, agriculture and the environment. The aim of our research lab is to understand the natural variability of Australian landscapes to improve the management of human variability (impacts). Water is a major factor limiting global development, my work aims to improve water management through better models and better data analysis.

I use simplified and complex models to characterise key landscape, climate and water relationships and to support experimental work. As an example, current projects include: groundwater interactions in stochastic ecohydrological models to predict vegetation distributions, measuring transmission losses from semi-arid rivers, probabilistic forecasting of rainfall, droughts and river flows, managing uncertainty in hydrological modeling, identifying spatial and temporal variability in groundwater levels and quality.

Internationally, I collaborate with colleagues in Mexico, the UK and the Netherlands, and in India. This includes capacity building projects as well as research projects.

Themes

Food Security and Supply

Selected grants

2014

  • Extending the value of data: a national workshop on novel analysis for soil and water resources; Singh K, Minasny B, Van Ogtrop F, Vervoort R; Australia India Council/Research Support.

2013

  • Optimization of catchment management: stable isotope studies of water storage and yield.; Adams M, Vervoort R, Buckley T, Simonin K, Keitel C, Hepplewhite C; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2012

  • Water management under climate change: integrating science and economics; Vervoort R, Ancev T, Holden J; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2010

  • Improved seasonal rainfall prediction for grain growers using farm level data and novel modelling; Clarke B, Taylor E, Vervoort R, Minasny B, McBratney A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
  • Managing carbon and water for food security and agricultural exports; Vervoort R, Crawford J, Etchevers J, Ojeda-Bustamante W, Velasco I; Council on Australia Latin America Relations/Research Support.

2009

  • Impact of rainwater harvesting on the regional hydrological balance in the Arawali foothills region of India: Combining catchment modelling with RS-GIS; Vervoort R; Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Federal)/Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF).
  • Testing climatic, physiological and hydrological assumptions underpinning water yield from montane forests; Adams M, Ferguson C, Hepplewhite C, Tissue D, Phillips N, Buckley T, Turnbull T, Buckly T, Phillips N, Tissue D, Vervoort R, Hepplewhite C; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
  • Probabilistic forecasting future water in Mexico and Australia; Vervoort R; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2008

  • Dr James Constantz to visit Australia between 1 March and 30 April 2008; Vervoort R; Cotton Catchment Communities CRC/Research Support.

2007

  • Transmission losses in semi-arid rivers, a loss or a gain?; Vervoort R; Cotton Catchment Communities CRC/Research Grants Program.

2003

  • Professor David Radcliffe - Visit Australia from US Environmental Protection Authority; Vervoort R; Australian Cotton CRC/Cooperative Research Centres.
  • FIA 5000 Automatic flow analyser for anions; Vervoort R; Cotton R&D Corporation (CRCD)/Cooperative Research Centres.

2002

  • Modelling water flow through palaeochannels in irrigated cotton fields; Vervoort R; Australian Cotton CRC/Cooperative Research Centres.
  • Hydrologic and geophysical characterisation of paleo-channels in northern NSW; Vervoort R; Australian Cotton CRC/Cooperative Research Centres.
  • Purchase of a FIA 5000 automatic flowanalyser for anions; Vervoort R; Australian Cotton CRC/Cooperative Research Centres.

2001

  • Monitoring of the hydrology of a subcatchment to improve predictions of salinity and erosion risk in the Hunter Valley; Vervoort R; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Vervoort, R. (2007). Management of Water Resources under Uncertainty: What does the future hold? In Gavin Birch (Eds.), Water Wind Art and Debate - How environmental concerns impact on disciplinary research, (pp. 181-213). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Journals

  • Gharun, M., Vervoort, R., Turnbull, T., Adams, M. (2014). A test of how coupling of vegetation to the atmosphere and climate spatial variation affects water yield modelling in mountainous catchments. Journal of Hydrology, 514, 202-213. [More Information]
  • Vanags, C., Vervoort, R. (2013). Hydrological and water-use efficiency implications of geomorphological stratification in palaeochannels in the Northern Murray-Darling basin. Crop and Pasture Science, 64(11-12), 1182-1194. [More Information]
  • Bennett, S., Bishop, T., Vervoort, R. (2013). Using SWAP to quantify space and time related uncertainty in deep drainage model estimates: A case study from northern NSW, Australia. Agricultural Water Management, 130, 142-153. [More Information]
  • Glendenning, C., Van Ogtrop, F., Mishra, A., Vervoort, R. (2012). Balancing watershed and local scale impacts of rain water harvesting in India-A review. Agricultural Water Management, 107, 1-13. [More Information]
  • Lee, L., Ancev, T., Vervoort, R. (2012). Evaluation of environmental policies targeting irrigated agriculture: The case of the Mooki catchment, Australia. Agricultural Water Management, 109(June 2012), 107-116. [More Information]
  • Vervoort, R., van der Zee, S. (2012). On stochastic modelling of groundwater uptake in semi-arid water-limited systems: Root density and seasonality effects. Ecohydrology, 5(5), 580-595. [More Information]
  • Glendenning, C., Vervoort, R. (2011). Hydrological impacts of rainwater harvesting (RWH) in a case study catchment: The Arvari River, Rajasthan, India Part 2. Catchment-scale impacts. Agricultural Water Management, 98, 715-730. [More Information]
  • Stoof, C., Vervoort, R., Iwema, J., Van den Elsen, E., Ferreira, A., Ritsema, C. (2011). Hydrological response of a small catchment burned by experimental fire. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 8(2), 4053-4098. [More Information]
  • Van Ogtrop, F., Vervoort, R., Heller, G., Stasinopoulos, D., Rigby, R. (2011). Long-range forecasting of intermittent streamflow. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 15(11), 3343-3354. [More Information]
  • Shah, S., Vervoort, R., Suweis, S., Guswa, A., Rinaldo, A., van der Zee, S. (2011). Stochastic modeling of salt accumulation in the root zone due to capillary flux from brackish groundwater. Water Resources Research, 47(9), W09506-(17pp). [More Information]
  • Cao, H., Vervoort, R., Dabney,, S. (2011). Variation in curve numbers derived from plot runoff data for New South Wales (Australia). Hydrological Processes, 25(24), 3774-3789. [More Information]
  • Glendenning, C., Vervoort, R. (2010). Hydrological impacts of rainwater harvesting (RWH) in a case study catchment: The Arvari River, Rajasthan, India. Part 1: Field-scale impacts. Agricultural Water Management, 98, 331-342. [More Information]
  • Vervoort, R., Torfs, P., Van Ogtrop, F. (2009). Irrigation increases moisture recycling and climate feedback. Australian Journal of Water Resources, 13(2), 121-133.
  • Jones, M., Vervoort, R., Cattle, J. (2009). Nutrient losses under simulated rainfall from pasture plots in the Great Lakes District, New South Wales. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 47(6), 555-564.
  • Vervoort, R., van der Zee, S. (2009). Stochastic soil water dynamics of phreatophyte vegetation with dimorphic root systems. Water Resources Research, 45(10), W10439-1-W10439-13.
  • Vervoort, R., van der Zee, S. (2008). Simulating the effect of capillary flux on the soil water balance in a stochastic ecohydrological framework. Water Resources Research, 44, 1-15. [More Information]
  • Lee, L., Ancev, T., Vervoort, R. (2007). Environmental and economic impacts of water scarcity and market reform on the Mooki catchment. The Environmentalist, 27(1), 39-49. [More Information]
  • Ancev, T., Vervoort, R. (2007). The national plan for water security: Taking over the role of the market? Connections: Farm, Food and Resource Issues, 2007 (Paper 18).
  • Vervoort, R., Annen, Y. (2006). Palaeochannels in Northern New South Wales: Inversion of electromagnetic induction data to infer hydrologicaly relevant stratigraphy. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 44(1), 35-45.
  • Vervoort, R., Minasny, B., Cattle, S. (2006). The hydrology of Vertosols used for cotton production: II. Pedotransfer functions to predict hydraulic properties. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 44(5), 479-486.
  • Vervoort, R., Cattle, S. (2003). Linking hydraulic conductivity and tortuosity parameters to pore space geometry and pore-size distribution. Journal of Hydrology, 272(1-4), 36-49.
  • Vervoort, R., Silburn, M., Kirby, M. (2003). Near surface water balance in the northern Murray-Darling basin. Water Science and Technology, 48(7), 207-214.
  • Vervoort, R., Cattle, S., Minasny, B. (2003). The hydrology of Vertosols used for cotton production : I. Hydraulic, structural and fundamental soil properties. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 41(7), 1255-1272.
  • McBratney, A., Minasny, B., Cattle, S., Vervoort, R. (2002). From Pedotransfer functions to soil inference systems. Geoderma, 109(1-2), 41-73.
  • Vervoort, R., Dabney,, S., Romkens, M. (2001). Tillage and Row Position Effects on Water and Solute Infiltration Characteristics. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 65, 1227-1234.

Conferences

  • Vervoort, R., Glendenning, C., Odeh, I. (2004). Developing A Deep Drainage Risk Map For The Border Rivers Area. Supersoil 2004, the 3rd Joint Conference of Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Societies, Sydney, Australia: The Regional Institute Ltd.

2014

  • Gharun, M., Vervoort, R., Turnbull, T., Adams, M. (2014). A test of how coupling of vegetation to the atmosphere and climate spatial variation affects water yield modelling in mountainous catchments. Journal of Hydrology, 514, 202-213. [More Information]

2013

  • Vanags, C., Vervoort, R. (2013). Hydrological and water-use efficiency implications of geomorphological stratification in palaeochannels in the Northern Murray-Darling basin. Crop and Pasture Science, 64(11-12), 1182-1194. [More Information]
  • Bennett, S., Bishop, T., Vervoort, R. (2013). Using SWAP to quantify space and time related uncertainty in deep drainage model estimates: A case study from northern NSW, Australia. Agricultural Water Management, 130, 142-153. [More Information]

2012

  • Glendenning, C., Van Ogtrop, F., Mishra, A., Vervoort, R. (2012). Balancing watershed and local scale impacts of rain water harvesting in India-A review. Agricultural Water Management, 107, 1-13. [More Information]
  • Lee, L., Ancev, T., Vervoort, R. (2012). Evaluation of environmental policies targeting irrigated agriculture: The case of the Mooki catchment, Australia. Agricultural Water Management, 109(June 2012), 107-116. [More Information]
  • Vervoort, R., van der Zee, S. (2012). On stochastic modelling of groundwater uptake in semi-arid water-limited systems: Root density and seasonality effects. Ecohydrology, 5(5), 580-595. [More Information]

2011

  • Glendenning, C., Vervoort, R. (2011). Hydrological impacts of rainwater harvesting (RWH) in a case study catchment: The Arvari River, Rajasthan, India Part 2. Catchment-scale impacts. Agricultural Water Management, 98, 715-730. [More Information]
  • Stoof, C., Vervoort, R., Iwema, J., Van den Elsen, E., Ferreira, A., Ritsema, C. (2011). Hydrological response of a small catchment burned by experimental fire. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 8(2), 4053-4098. [More Information]
  • Van Ogtrop, F., Vervoort, R., Heller, G., Stasinopoulos, D., Rigby, R. (2011). Long-range forecasting of intermittent streamflow. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 15(11), 3343-3354. [More Information]
  • Shah, S., Vervoort, R., Suweis, S., Guswa, A., Rinaldo, A., van der Zee, S. (2011). Stochastic modeling of salt accumulation in the root zone due to capillary flux from brackish groundwater. Water Resources Research, 47(9), W09506-(17pp). [More Information]
  • Cao, H., Vervoort, R., Dabney,, S. (2011). Variation in curve numbers derived from plot runoff data for New South Wales (Australia). Hydrological Processes, 25(24), 3774-3789. [More Information]

2010

  • Glendenning, C., Vervoort, R. (2010). Hydrological impacts of rainwater harvesting (RWH) in a case study catchment: The Arvari River, Rajasthan, India. Part 1: Field-scale impacts. Agricultural Water Management, 98, 331-342. [More Information]

2009

  • Vervoort, R., Torfs, P., Van Ogtrop, F. (2009). Irrigation increases moisture recycling and climate feedback. Australian Journal of Water Resources, 13(2), 121-133.
  • Jones, M., Vervoort, R., Cattle, J. (2009). Nutrient losses under simulated rainfall from pasture plots in the Great Lakes District, New South Wales. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 47(6), 555-564.
  • Vervoort, R., van der Zee, S. (2009). Stochastic soil water dynamics of phreatophyte vegetation with dimorphic root systems. Water Resources Research, 45(10), W10439-1-W10439-13.

2008

  • Vervoort, R., van der Zee, S. (2008). Simulating the effect of capillary flux on the soil water balance in a stochastic ecohydrological framework. Water Resources Research, 44, 1-15. [More Information]

2007

  • Lee, L., Ancev, T., Vervoort, R. (2007). Environmental and economic impacts of water scarcity and market reform on the Mooki catchment. The Environmentalist, 27(1), 39-49. [More Information]
  • Vervoort, R. (2007). Management of Water Resources under Uncertainty: What does the future hold? In Gavin Birch (Eds.), Water Wind Art and Debate - How environmental concerns impact on disciplinary research, (pp. 181-213). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Ancev, T., Vervoort, R. (2007). The national plan for water security: Taking over the role of the market? Connections: Farm, Food and Resource Issues, 2007 (Paper 18).

2006

  • Vervoort, R., Annen, Y. (2006). Palaeochannels in Northern New South Wales: Inversion of electromagnetic induction data to infer hydrologicaly relevant stratigraphy. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 44(1), 35-45.
  • Vervoort, R., Minasny, B., Cattle, S. (2006). The hydrology of Vertosols used for cotton production: II. Pedotransfer functions to predict hydraulic properties. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 44(5), 479-486.

2004

  • Vervoort, R., Glendenning, C., Odeh, I. (2004). Developing A Deep Drainage Risk Map For The Border Rivers Area. Supersoil 2004, the 3rd Joint Conference of Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Societies, Sydney, Australia: The Regional Institute Ltd.

2003

  • Vervoort, R., Cattle, S. (2003). Linking hydraulic conductivity and tortuosity parameters to pore space geometry and pore-size distribution. Journal of Hydrology, 272(1-4), 36-49.
  • Vervoort, R., Silburn, M., Kirby, M. (2003). Near surface water balance in the northern Murray-Darling basin. Water Science and Technology, 48(7), 207-214.
  • Vervoort, R., Cattle, S., Minasny, B. (2003). The hydrology of Vertosols used for cotton production : I. Hydraulic, structural and fundamental soil properties. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 41(7), 1255-1272.

2002

  • McBratney, A., Minasny, B., Cattle, S., Vervoort, R. (2002). From Pedotransfer functions to soil inference systems. Geoderma, 109(1-2), 41-73.

2001

  • Vervoort, R., Dabney,, S., Romkens, M. (2001). Tillage and Row Position Effects on Water and Solute Infiltration Characteristics. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 65, 1227-1234.

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