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Research Biography

Okke Batelaan is Strategic Professor in Hydro(geo)logy at Flinders University since 2012. He was Dean of the School of the Environment at Flinders from 2015-2017. Formerly he was for more than 20 years faculty member at the Free University Brussels and the KU Leuven, Belgium. Professor Batelaan has a broad experience in teaching groundwater hydrology, groundwater modelling, GIS and remote sensing for hydrological applications. He has extensive research experience and a publication record in shallow groundwater hydrology and modeling, recharge-discharge estimation and modeling, urban hydrology and distributed modelling, ecohydrology and impacts of landuse and climate change on groundwater systems. He coordinated and participated in a large number of projects in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and Australia. He has lead a large project on the groundwater resources of the Adelaide plains and is currently involved in a project in the Northern Adelaide Plains, funded by the Goyder Institute. He is chief investigator in the ARC-Linkage project 'Cross-cultural management of freshwater on resource-constrained islands', which focusses on the water resources of Millingimbi island, NT. He is also partner in the ACIAR funded project 'Integrated water, soil and nutrient management for sustainable farming systems in South Central Coastal Vietnam and Australia'. He is editor-in-chief of Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies and associate editor of Journal of Hydrology.

Research Interests

Hydrogeology; Regional groundwater modelling; Recharge-discharge estimation; Groundwater-surface water interaction, among other involvement in HYPOTRAIN; Distributed hydrological modelling; GIS and remote sensing for hydrological modelling; ecohydrology; scientific and educational cooperation.

Supervised Students Successes

  • Jun 2021 Trine Enemark - Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • Jun 2021 Amirhosein Ramazanpour Esfahani - Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • Jun 2015 Yuting Yang - Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Early Career Researchers

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • MSc theses in Hydrology-Hydrogeology (170)
  • PhD theses in Hydrology-Hydrogeology (30)
  • Honours theses in Hydrology-Hydrogeology (4)
Associate Supervisions:
  • PhD theses in Hydrology-Hydrogeology (11)
  • MSc theses in Hydrogeology (2)


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Hydrology

Supervisory Interests

  • Groundwater/surface water interaction
  • Groundwater modelling
  • Groundwater dependent ecosystems
  • Groundwater rechange
  • Groundwater hydrology
  • Catchment hydrology
  • GIS
  • Remote sensing
  • Hydrology
  • History, science


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