Canceled: NCK-WA Wadden Day 'Interaction between biotic and abiotic factors in the Wadden sea'

Theme days
Friday, 15 May

Due to Corona measures, this theme day has been canceled. When a new date has been chosen, we will inform you and reopen registration.


On 15 May 2020 the NCK, the Waddenacademie and Rijkswaterstaat will organize the second NCK-WA Waddenday. Central theme is the interaction between biotic and abiotic factors in the Wadden sea.

The theme day will take place at Fort Kijkduin in Den Helder (open in Google Maps). As this location is hard to reach by Public Transport and the number of 'OV-fietsen' at the station of Den Helder is limited, we might arrange a NCK bus, depending on the need of the participants. We will communite this to the participants at a later stage.

The aim of this theme day is to deepen the knowledge of the interaction between some key biotic and abiotic factors in the Dutch Wadden Sea. The target audience for this theme day are scientists and specialists.

The program contains three sessions with of a general introduction of 15 minutes followed by three short presentations of 8 minutes each and ending with a discussion. 

09:30 - 10:00 Registration, coffee and tea
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and introduction by Katja Philippart
10:15 - 11:15 Session 1: Ecological feedback mechanisms
  Tjisse van der Heide (RuG/NIOZ): Why do we need knowledge about ecological feedback mechanisms for an adaptive management of the Wadden Sea?
t.b.a.: Why did sediment dynamics of a mature backbarrier saltmarsh change in response to sealevel rise and storm events?
  Valerie Reijers (NIOZ/UU): Why are plant-mediated feedbacks relevant for landscape formation?
  Muriel Bruckner (UU): Why do we have to consider various phases of the life-cycle?
11:15 - 11:45 Coffee/tea break
11:45 - 12:45 Session 2: Ecosystem engineering
  Tjeerd Bouma (UU/NIOZ): Why do we need knowledge about ecosystem engineering for an adaptive management of the Wadden Sea?
  Martin Baptist (WMR) Why are we doing a large-scale experiment on salt marsh construction in the Marconi project?
  Jacob Capelle (WMR) Why do we need to create a window of opportunity for the establishment of mussel beds?
  Bas Borsje (UT) Why can ecological engineering serve in coastal protection?
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 14:30 Session 3: Role of modelling in exploring impacts of environmental change
  Peter Herman (Deltares/TUD): Why do we need models for exploring future impacts of environmental change on the interaction between biotic and abiotic factors in the Wadden Sea?
  Paolo Stocchi (NIOZ): Why do we need to increase spatiotemporal resolution of shear stress models including biota to model impacts of wave action in the Wadden Sea?
  Jasper Dijkstra (Deltares): Why do hydrodynamic models have to include the characteristics of seagrass meadows?
  Cor Schipper (RWS): Why should governmental organisations be aware of interactions between abiotic and biotic factors in their coastal shallow waters?
14:30 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 15:30 Discussion
15:30 - 15:45 Wrap-up by Martin Baptist
15:45 - 16:30 Drinks


There is a maximum capacity of 100 participants. Moderator is Katja Philippart, board member Ecology of the Waddenacademie.

We kindly request you to register at the Waddenacademie website (via the green botton on top of this page) because there is a limit to the number of participants. Registration is free of charge. In case you cannot join any more, please cancel your registration via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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