vastgelopen kleinOn the 29th of October, a NCK theme day will be organised on the 'Hydro-morphodynamic research in the Scheldt estuary' at the Art Centre in Delft. The aim of this NCK theme day is to share and deepen our knowledge on the hydrodynamics and morphodynamics of the channels and intertidal areas, especially in the Western Scheldt. We discuss recent findings of applied and fundamental research, with the aim to give recommendations on the way forward in estuarine research and management. This includes the importance of the channel-shoal interaction on the long term evolution of the estuary. The set-up of the day will be energetic, with multiple sessions consisting of a variety of short presentations. There is plenty of room for discussion. Visit the event page for the programme of the day and to register directly. 

Before the summer holiday season officially starts, we would like to announce some interesting upcoming events that will take place after the holiday. Please save the date and/or register, and join our NCK activities with a refreshed, post-holiday brain! 

Great mosque mali 560x373After the holiday, on the 4th of September, we will kick off the academic year with an interesting NCK symposium on Building with Mud. Building with mud requires practical knowhow, but also development of the necessary scientific knowledge. The NCK symposium on Building with Mud, organised in collaboration with Ecoshape, aims to bring together people active in science and practice, and identify the main challenges – scientifically and practical – in Building with Mud. Identifying such challenges is important input for the upcoming NWO call on ‘Living Labs in the Dutch Delta’, which will also be addressed during this day. Read more (preliminary programme available) and register here.

On the 20th of September, NCR will organise a theme day on low-land hydropower. Renewable energy from water is often considered infeasible in flat, low-land regions. However, there are plenty of opportunities to tap into the power produced by rivers, waves and tides. On this day we bring together the practical and the academic world. Join NCR on this day-long seminar including site visit. For more information, visit the NCR website.

On the 29th of October, we will organise a NCK symposium on Hydro-morphodynamic research in the Scheldt estuary in Delft. The aim of the day is to share applied and fundamental academic research and discuss on recent findings, which is crucial to move forward in estuarine research. The set-up of the day will be energetic, with a variety of short presentations, and plenty of room for discussion. Join us and share your view! Register here.

On the 15th of January, the 4th Brunings Lecture will be held at Utrecht University, focussing on 'sea level rise and LAND level rise?'. Save the date! View presenters at https://www.nck-web.org/upcoming-events/other-events/72-4th-christiaan-brunings-lecture?date=2019-01-15-13-00

noordzeebodemThe summary and photos of the NCK symposium on 'Mud dynamics in the Southern North Sea and its interaction with ecological processes' held on Tuesday the 3rd of July are now avaiable online! Check it out here.

Mud plays an important role in the ecological functioning of the Southern North Sea. The reason for this important role is twofold: in the water column, suspended mud particles have a crucial influence on the light climate, thereby influencing primary production and the base of the food web. In the seabed, mud acts as cohesive sediment, which is often relatively rich in nutrients and provides an essential stable matrix for organisms to construct their burrows. Therefore, understanding the behaviour and transport of mud in the marine environment, and its interaction with ecological processes, bears great societal relevance for human activities taking place in the North Sea. These human activities include, but are not limited to, sand mining, nourishments and land reclamations. Considering that the magnitude and amount of human activities is likely to increase in the near future, it is essential to share our knowledge on mud dynamics in the North Sea.  Therefore, TUDelft and Deltares (in cooperation with NIOZ) were organising this theme day.