NCKdays2024Dear Coastal Researcher!

We are happy to formally announce that the NCK Days 2024 will be held from March 13-15 in Amersfoort. The theme is "Innovative science for a resilient coast".

The venue will be at the Oude Magazijn which is on walking distance from Amersfoort Central station. We are happy to confirm that Bart van der Hurk, recently appointed as IPCC WG2 co-chair, will provide a keynote address on the latest sea level rise developments and IPCC dynamics on March 14th.

On Wednesday March 13th we offer a full day fieldtrip to the Marker Wadden with the Willem Barentsz leaving from Lelystad main harbour. There is a limited number of 75 places available for this fieldtrip, so register early (first come first served)!

Hotels and Airbnbs are available in and around Amersfoort. 

Coastal engineering changed over the last decades from shortening our coastlines and building barriers to engineering solutions with sand nourishments, rebuilding seagrass meadows and diversifying foreshores. The coastal management toolbox is getting bigger. However, is it already big and diverse enough? Are all tools sufficiently tested? Are new tools needed? Is our knowledge sufficient for applying available models?

We welcome contributions covering field work, numerical modelling, conceptualization, lab experiments, best-practices, etc. for the full coastal system with its estuaries, beaches, mangroves and coastal seas. In addition to case studies in the Netherlands, we also welcome contributions from areas outside the Netherlands. We aim to touch on the question whether our approaches are already diverse enough and whether our knowledge and future research plans contribute to making our coasts ready for upcoming climate change.

To contribute to NCK2024, you can submit your abstract here. The deadline for abstract submission is February 10, 2024. The registration is open until March 6, 2024. We look forward to your contribution!

Looking forward meeting you in Amersfoort!

The NCK Days 2024 organising committee: Khin Nawarat (IHE Delft), Natascia Pannozzo (TU Delft), Trang Duong (IHE Delft), Johan Reyns (IHE Delft), Mick van der Wegen (IHE Delft), Dano Roelvink (IHE Delft) and Niamh McKenna (IHE Delft)

The Dutch Coastal Research Community is very sad to have been informed that Professor Bill Kamphuis is deceased on October 30, 2023 at the age of 85 years in his homestead in Kingston, Canada. Shortly after the end of WW2 Bill’s parents decided to leave Vollenhove, the Netherlands, and emigrate to Canada. During his academic education Bill and his beloved wife Nelly came to Delft for Bill to follow the IHE Master Course on Hydraulic Engineering. Meanwhile his academic career flourished in Canada. He became Professor of Coastal Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston and he built a world reputation in the field.

While his academic career flourished in Canada, Bill kept in close touch with his Dutch roots both personally and academically. He dropped in occasionally in the De Voorst branch of Delft Hydraulics during his family visits in nearby Vollenhove to check what was going on in coastal engineering there and to give his well-received advice. In the years to follow he could create some sabbatical freedom to spend time at Delft University of Technology and at Delft Hydraulics, where he, amongst others, worked on his lasting contribution to the field “Introduction to Coastal Engineering and Management”, a handbook one will find on many desks of universities and consultancies.

Many of us have been deeply influenced by his exceptional physical intuition, broad vision and warm and supporting personality. Bill leaves a great legacy in coastal engineering through his scientific work, through his undergraduate and graduate students, and through his leadership in numerous national and international scientific organisations and academic research assessments and advisory committees.

As he matured into a perfect teacher he aided Dutch researchers in their pursuit of reaching success in the field of coastal engineering. Delft University of Technology, Delft Hydraulics, Deltares and the Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research are national organizations that owe him for his great support. He will be sadly and greatly missed.

Sincerely reminded,
Stefan Aarninkhof, Kees d’Angremond, Jurjen Battjes, Han Ligteringen, Jan van de Graaff, Marcel Stive, Huib de Vriend, Dirk-Jan Walstra

Dear NCK community, The end of the year is already approaching, and the new year is on its way. That also means that IHE Delft started with the organization of the NCK Days 2024 ‘Innovative science for a resilient coast’. We are aiming for presentations and discussions on state-of-the-art Dutch coastal research and beyond. In January, we will provide more details about subscription, venue etc. For now, we would like you to put the following dates in the agenda: NCK Days 2024: 14-15 March! We are looking forward to seeing you all.

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