Offshore Activities & Seabed Evolution

Theme days
Tuesday, 06 November 12:30

The summary of this NCK theme day is available pdfhere. Click on the links below in the programme to view the presentations of the four speakers. 


Shallow coastal seabeds are subject to an increasing pressure by offshore operations, like sand mining and the construction and operation of offshore infrastructure. The seabed topography, seabed life, sediment dynamics and hydrodynamics form a coupled system. When disturbed, this coupled system needs time to recover. Anthropogenic disturbances will affect the (local) ecosystem. Moreover, these changes will affect the seabed topography and the potential of the seabed to store fine sediments. The OASE (Offshore Activities & Seabed Evolution) NCK theme day aims to:

  1. summarize the state-of-the-art knowledge and tools on sea bed evolution and offshore operations in four short presentations,
  2. integrate knowledge from ecology, geomorphology, fine sediment dynamics and governance in interactive group sessions and
  3. provide a platform to transfer open research questions from offshore engineering practice to science and vice versa during the discussion and drinks.



12.30 - 13.00 Welcome with lunch
13.00 - 14.00

Opening and 4 pitches 

pdfThe North Sea Foundation by Christiaan van der Sluijs (Stichting de Noordzee)

pdfOpportunities & Challenges by Luitze Perk (Waterproof)

pdfModeling storm effects on sand wave dynamics by Geert Campmans (University of Twente)

pdfQuirijn Lodder (Rijkswaterstaat)

14.00 - 15.00 Discussion in small groups
15.00 - 16.00 Plenary wrap-up and drinks


Practical Information

This NCK theme afternoon will be held in Utrecht, Buys Ballot Building University of Utrecht; room BBG 6.07 (6th floor). Registration is free of charge, but required to organise the venue and catering. Please be so kind to cancel you registration if you won't show up. This afternoon is organised by Bas Borsje and Pieter Roos. 


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