Hydro-morphodynamic research in the Western Scheldt estuary

Theme days
Monday, 29 October 09:00
Rotterdamseweg 205
2629 HD Delft, Netherlands


The Scheldt estuary is a well-studied area. Both in Flanders and the Netherlands national institutes, universities and consultants contribute. 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.



09.00 – 09.30 Registration, coffee and tea
09.30 – 10.00 Welcome and introduction
10.00 – 11.00 Session A: Tidal channels (30 min. presentations, 30 min. discussion). Chair: Jebbe van der Werf
  Marco Schrijver (Rijkswaterstaat): (Current) measurements in the Western Scheldt
  Thijs Lanckriet (IMDC): Morphological development at Put van Hansweert
  Bas Huisman (Deltares): Modelling sediment disposal in deep pits
  Gerard Dam (Dam Engineering/IHE-Delft): Sediment import and export processes in estuaries using a simplified model
  Anne Baar (Utrecht University): Critical dependence of morphodynamic models of fluvial and tidal systems on downslope sediment transport
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 12.30 Session B: Intertidal areas (30 min. presentations, 30 min. discussion). Chair: Bram van Prooijen
  Lodewijk de Vet (Delft University of Technology): Intertidal field measurements: (long-term) implications of wind events
  Jelmer Cleveringa (Arcadis): Historical long term development of shoals
  Hesham Emilady (IHE-Delft): Sandy shoal evolution under SLR
  Uwe Best (IHE-Delft): Mudflat marsh dynamics under SLR
  Lisanne Braat (Utrecht University): Modelling of mud sedimentation/vegetation development at Walsoorden
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.50 Session C: Long term evolution and human interventions (42 min presentations + 38 min discussion). Chair: Gert-Jan Liek
  Stefaan Ides (Port of Antwerp): Navigation and channel development
  Jana Cox (Utrecht University): Results metronome with and without dredging and dumping
  Wout van Dijk (Utrecht University): Long term modeling of the Western Scheldt/Plaatvallen
  Bram van Prooijen (Delft University of Technology): Long term models of fringing flats
  Bart de Maerschalck (WLB): Idealised morphological model for the Western Scheldt mouth area
  Pim Willemsen (University of Twente): Dynamics of vegetated foreshores and long term morphodynamics
  Oliver Gourgue (University of Antwerp): How plants shape landscapes: predicting bio-geomorphic development after tidal re-introduction in a former polder area
14.50 – 15.15 Refreshing break
15.15 – 15.45 Wrap-up and overall discussion lead by Marcel Taal
15.45 – 16.30 Drinks


Practical information

This theme day will be held on Monday, the 29th of October at the Art Centre in Delft. Registration is free of charge, but required to organise the venue and catering. Please be so kind to cancel your registration in case you won't show up. Register before the 25th of October. If you'd like to register after this date, contact Reinier Schrijvershof for the possibilities. 
The day is organised by Marcel Taal and Reinier Schrijvershof (both Deltares). For questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


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