Dr Nico Booij
Nico Booij has played a major role in the development of spectral models for the coastal
He completed his PhD thesis in 1981 about parabolic refraction-diffraction models;
the main topic of the thesis is the extension of these models
with the influence of currents.
Together with Leo Holthuijsen he developed HISWA in the 1980's, a partially
spectral, partially parametric model which can be considered as the first
computational model that was able to provide realistic results for wave fields
in the coastal zone.
Later when computers became more powerful the two authors of HISWA
started the development of SWAN which was the first operational
fully spectral wave model for coastal areas.
Booij has retirerd from Delft University but he has remained active in the development
of wave modelling. He is now using his expertise to improve wave modelling
capabilities in consulting firms all over the world.
His main hobbies are collecting picture postcards of the Netherlands,
trains and trams
the history of water management in Holland.
He can be reached via e-mail address: