Martin Hendriks

Dr Martin R. Hendriks – Associate Professor

  • Associate Professor of Physical Hydrology at Utrecht University
  • Programme coordinator, BSc Earth Sciences at Utrecht University
  • Coordinator of the BSc Earth Sciences fieldwork in the Hautes Alpes, France
  • UU staff page link


Textbook ‘Introduction to Physical Hydrology’:
Online Resource Centre accompanying the book:

Postal address and coordinates
Department of Physical Geography
Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University
P.O. Box 80115
3508 TC Utrecht
Tel. +31 (0) 30 253 2054/2749
Fax: +31 (0) 30 253 1145
Email: m.r.hendriks at

Visiting address
De Uithof
Willem C. van Unnik Building
Heidelberglaan 2
3584 CS Utrecht
Room 203 of Zonneveldvleugel

Short CV
Dr Martin R. Hendriks is Associate Professor of Physical Hydrology at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, where he has lectured for more than two decades. He studied Physical Geography at the University of Amsterdam and obtained a Doctorate in Hydrology from the VU University Amsterdam. He is interested in world water problems, and in educating young people to become true academics. He has written in a number of international, peer-reviewed scientific journals, and is author of the textbook ‘Introduction to Physical Hydrology’ (Oxford University Press; January 2010).

GEO1-2141   Processes in Environmental Compartments: Hydrology
GEO2-4117   BSc Fieldwork in the Hautes Alpes, France
GEO2-4203   Physical Hydrology
GEO4-4417   Unsaturated Zone Hydrology
SCI 342         Hydrology (guest lectures at Roosevelt Academy, Middelburg)

My five favourite publications

  • Hendriks, M.R. (2010). Introduction to Physical Hydrology. Oxford University Press; 331 pages; 180 colour line drawings; 246x189mm; 978-0-19-929684-2; Paperback; 21 January 2010 (
  • Lohr, A.J., T.A. Bogaard, A. Heikens, M.R. Hendriks, S. Sumarti, M.J. van Bergen, C.A.M. van Gestel, N.M. van Straalen, P.Z. Vroon & B. Widianarko (2004). Natural pollution caused by the extremely acid crater lake Kawah Ijen, East Java, Indonesia. ESPR – Environmental Science and Pollution Research, OnlineFirst, 7 pp (DOI:
  • Asch, Th.W.J. van, M.R. Hendriks, R. Hessel & F.E. Rappange (1996). Hydrological triggering conditions of landslides in varved clays in the French Alps. Engineering Geology 42, pp. 239-251. Calculations using a calibrated two-linear-reservoirs model with precipitation data over a 30-year time period show that deeper landslide movements in varved clay areas near Corps in the French Alps are mainly triggered by a maximum rise of water in vertical fissures in the clays and that complete saturation of the clays is not necessary; as a very practical spin-off the calculations also show that drainage of the shallow, more permeable colluvial cover overlying the varved clays is a very effective measure to stabilize these deeper landslides.
  • Hendriks, M.R. (1993). Effects of lithology and land use on storm runoff in east Luxembourg. Hydrological Processes 7, pp. 213-226. This paper summarizes my PhD work in Luxembourg. The opening of shrinkage cracks in spring and the widespread occurrence of natural pipes (by the activity of moles) leads to large subsurface water flows and stream discharges during storms in forested catchments in the Keuper formation of east Luxembourg.
  • Bonell, M., M.R. Hendriks, A.C. Imeson & L. Hazelhoff (1984). The generation of storm runoff in a forested clayey drainage basin in Luxembourg. Journal of Hydrology 71, pp. 53-77.