Symposium: Sea level rise in the Flemish-Dutch delta region | Compendium Coast and Sea

Symposium: Sea level rise in the Flemish-Dutch delta region

In the framework of their collaboration agreement, Ghent University (UGent) and Campus Zeeland would like to invite you to the symposium 'Sea Level Rise in the Flemish-Dutch Delta', together with their partners Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). The event will take place on Tuesday 25 June 2019 from 9:30 onwards at Greenbridge (UGent Campus Oostende).


09:15 - 10:00     Reception & registration
10:00 - 10:15     Opening of the conference  -  Representatives of UGent and Campus Zeeland
10:15 - 10:30     Setting the scene - Context of sea level rise in the Flemish-Dutch Delta-region: overview of scenarios, impacts and outstanding questions  -  tbc (UGent)

State of the art, impact and opportunities: part I
10:30 - 10:45     Flood risk calculation  -  Philippe De Maeyer (UGent)
10:45 - 11:00     Bringing sea level change to the coast  -  Aimée Slangen (NIOZ-Yerseke)

State of the art, impact and opportunities: part II
11:00 - 11:15     Ecosystem-based coastal defense in the Scheldt Estuary  -  Tom Maris (UAntwerpen)
11:15 - 11:30     Dutch nature-based flood defense initiatives  -  Tjeerd Bouma (NIOZ-Yerseke HZ Vlissingen & U.Utrecht)
11:30 - 11:45     Questions and interaction

11:45 - 13:30     Lunch & networking - Posters & demos

State of the art, impact and opportunities: part III
13:30 - 13:45     Modelling of coastal processes - State of the art of  the CREST-project  -  Dries Van den Eynde (KBIN)
13:45 - 14:00     Land-level rise in the Flemish-Dutch waterscape  -  Maarten Kleinhans (U.Utrecht)

State of the art, impact and opportunities: part IV
14:00 - 14:15     Ecological functioning of dunes and their role in coastal defense  -  Dries Bonte (UGent)
14:15 - 14:30     Automated mapping of intertidal area for ecotope classification  -  Elisabeth Addink (U.Utrecht)
14:30 - 14:45     Questions and interaction

14:45 - 15:15     Coffee break & networking - Posters & demos

Policy and way forward
15:15 - 15:30     A policy perspective on coastal protection in the Flemish-Duch Delta-region  -  Peter Van Besien (Afdeling Kust, Flemish Government)
15:30 - 15:45     How a shared problem may unite us: delta governance and sea-level rise  -  Bert van den Brink (UCR)
15:45 - 16:15     Panel discussion: industry, government and academia
                        Panel: Peter Van Besien (Afdeling Kust, Flemish Government), Bert van den Brink (UCR), Frank Verschraegen (DEME),
                        Bernard Malherbe (Jan De Nul), Mark Dierikx (ABDTOPConsult)  -  Moderator: tbc

                             - Opportunities for the Blue Economy in relation to coastal protection
                             - The way forward in the Flemish-Dutch Delta-region
16:15 - 16:30     Closing remarks & farewell to Gedeputeerde Ben de Reu  -  Jan Mees (VLIZ) & tbc

16:30                Networking reception


Participation to the symposium is free. However, registration is mandatory. You can register until 18 June on

Poster presentation

If you wish to bring a poster for the poster exhibition, please register on before 18 June.

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