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Themeday: Sediment management in deltas

9 March 2018 - 09:00


Implications and challenges of disturbed sediment continua for society

River to the coastal sea sediment continua are disturbed, globally. Several river-sea-systems are short of sediment mostly due to damming. This causes dramatic impacts such as drowning deltas. Scientists and stakeholders should team-up urgently in research and innovation to find solutions. This symposium addresses the status in the Rhine/Meuse – North Sea system. Furthermore, the DANUBIUS-RI research infrastructure (RI) is presented as disturbed sediment continua may become a key research topic in this RI. The symposium also aims to gain support and ingredients for drafting of a sediment continuum call text to promote as topic under EC FP9, i.e. the follow-up of Horizon 2020.


Full program

09.00 – 09.30   Registration, coffee and tea
09.30 – 09.45   Welcome and introduction central theme of the day (Esther Stouthamer, Ad van der Spek)
09.45 – 10.05   Late Holocene sediment budget of the Rhine-Meuse delta (Kim Cohen, UU/Deltares)
10.05 – 10.25   Modern changes in bed elevation and texture in the Upper Rhine delta (Astrid Blom, TUD)
10.25 – 10.45   Sediment balance of the downstream river branches in the Rhine-Meuse delta (Ton Hoitink, WUR & Ymkje Huismans, Deltares)

10.45 – 11.15   Coffee/tea break

11.15 – 11.35   Sediment balance of the Dutch coastal area (Ad van der Spek, Deltares/UU)
11.35 – 11.55   Governance of estuaries in practice (Jill Slinger, TUD)
11.55 – 12.15   Challenges in implementing EU policies in the river-sea transition zone (Marleen van Rijswick, UU)

12.15 – 13.15   Lunch

13.15 – 13.45   Future sediment fluxes in deltas worldwide (Frances Dunn, SU)
13.45 – 14.05   Research Infrastructures (RIs): what is in for scientists and how to engage (Marc de Jonge, NWO)
14.05 – 14.35   DANUBIUS-RI: the new, pan-European RI for river-sea systems (Jos Brils, Deltares)
14.35 – 14.45   Instructions parallel workshops
14.45 – 15.30   Workshops
Workshop 1: How to involve Dutch universities and research institutes in DANUBIUS-RI?
Workshop 2: How to realize a FP9 sediment continuum call?
15.30 – 16.00   Presentation workshop results and wrap up

16.00 – 17.15   Drinks


This themeday is jointly organised by NCR, NCK, Danubius-RI, Deltares and Utrecht University Future Deltas. The organisational committee is formed by:

Esther Stouthamer (UU)
Ad van der Spek (Deltares/UU)
Jos Brils (Deltares/DANUBIUS-RI)


This day will be free to attend, but registration is necessary. After registration, you will receive confirmation via email.

Bookings no longer allowed on this date.