Zoltán Vekerdy

dr. habil.

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1985 …2022

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MSc in cartography and hydrology at the Loránd Eötvös University of Sciences (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary.

Doctor's degree: fellowship at the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), The Netherlands, GIS-based hydrological modelling of alluvial regions (Abstract), defended at ELTE (Summa Cum Laude).

Habilitation: Dr. Habil. degree at the Szent István University, Hungary in environmental sciences.


Key qualifications:

  • hydrology
  • remote sensing
  • geographical information systems
  • cartography


In the last few years, I have been involved in teaching on and the management of the core modules in the WREM programme, which gives the basics in remote sensing and GIS as well as their application in water management. In my view, this module is the key to the success of the students, since the core module provides the fundament for the more advanced studies in the further modules. My involvement in the further modules was more on an irregular basis. Additionally, the supervision of PM final assignments and MSc theses work provided me with almost daily contacts with the students. Some examples of their topics: snowmelt-runoff modelling; modelling of contaminant leaching in soils; imaging spectrometry of water quality; water balance of irrigated regions; etc.

Research interests

My research interest is focusing on the application of geo-information for the monitoring and management of very dynamic riverine wetlands in arid and semi-arid regions (www.itc.nl/wcc). This includes the modelling of the hydrological system of wetlands, coupling these models to ecological models, and using remote sensing and GIS for the monitoring of the processes.


Activities in capacity development

Period:2003 - 2004
Description of mission:Integrated water resources management of the Uromiyeh Basin.Short project descriptionContractor: Partners for Water programme of the Dutch government. Duties: Project coordination, hydrological modelling, water balance calculation, training.
Period:2000 – 2003
Description of mission:Strengthening the regional training capacity of the Hydraulics Institute, establishing a Nile Basin capacity building network for river engineering. Short project descriptionContractor: SAIL, subcontract from IHE. Duties: Project co-ordination, teaching on training courses (GIS in river engineering; hydrographic surveys), supervision of 'training of trainers' programme.
Period:2000 – 2001
Description of mission:Development of an Environment and Land Resources Information System (ELRIS) in Iran. Short project descriptionContractor: FAO.Duties: Project co-ordination, computer software design, hydrological modelling.
Period:1996 – 1999
Description of mission:Development of a coal fire monitoring and management system (CoalMan). Contractor: DGIS, subcontract from EARS Bv. Duties: Team leader. Computer software (CoalMan) design and programming, manual writing, training in GIS, field measurements.
Description of mission:Short course on GIS applications in hydrology. Bilateral co-operation with the University of Mexico City. Duties: Lecturing.
Period:1997 – 1998
Description of mission:Development of a Transboundary Animal Disease Information System (TADInfo). Contractor: FAO.Duties: Project co-ordination, including sub-contractors. System design, manual writing, training.
Period:1997 – 1998
Country:The Netherlands and Spain
Description of mission:Development of a multimedia tutorial on 'Remote sensing image and data fusion', versions I & II. Contractor: WEU Satellite Centre. Duties: Project co-ordination, including sub-contractors. System design, content development, image processing, animation development.
Period:1997 – 1998
Country:The Netherlands (Angola)
Description of mission:Development of a demonstration for the capabilities of GIS for a humanitarian de-mining database. Contractor: European Union, DG VIII. Duties: Project co-ordination. Demonstration software development for humanitarian de-mining activities. Definition of technical system specifications of a GIS to support the humanitarian de-mining activities of the European Union

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Scientific Advisor, Szent Istvan University

1 Aug 2014 → …


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