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CREST midterm conference

The CREST project Climate Resilient Coast aims to gain insight into coastal processes such as waves, tide, sediment transport, wind ... Also in the role of these processes in ensuring coastal security and resilience of the Flemish coast. Ten partner institutions from the academic world, the Flemish government and the private sector are involved. At the CREST Midterm Conference on 23 November 2017 an overview of the research results so far will be presented. The CREST partners want to consult as many potential end-users as possible to help direct the future research. Do you think that natural changes at the coast or coastal protection measures on the beach may have an impact on your work or the functioning of your organization or company? Be sure to share your ideas in Ostend on 23 November! Book your seat before 18 November.

In addition to a presentation of the interim results by the CREST partners and demos of several monitoring devices, two international experts are invited for a keynote. Themes that will be discussed include the improved insight into coastal sandy transport, how sand volumes move during storms (underwater and on the beach), the effects of overtopping water on dikes and harbor dams, how old data we can help us understand today's coastal processes, how flood emergency planning will look in the future, how measurement campaigns provide more insight into what is happening in the field, the formulation of climate scenarios for our coast. The international experts share their knowledge and experience about the 'Zandmotor project' in the Netherlands, and on the latest developments in understanding coastal processes using calculation models.

CREST wants you to direct the research in the second half of the project and to think about new research after 2019, when the CREST project will end. In addition to the input of engineers, CREST expects to hear the needs and concerns of as many potential end users as possible, e.g. coastal towns (nuisance by sand, beach concessions, beach sports clubs), marine biologists (research on dunes and foreshore), coastal security policy makers and the ‘Complex Project Kustvisie’, industry (consultancies and dredging companies), people concerned in emergency planning and insurance (flooding), coastal guides ...

Do you feel addressed? Then sign up before 18 November via the online registration form.


Free register via the online registration form. Deadline for registration: 17 November 2017


Wandelaarkaai 7, 8400 Ostend, Belgium
Conference room Planet Ocean - entrance warehouse 61
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9:30 Welcome coffee

10:00 Welcome
Jaak Monbaliu (KU Leuven, projectcoördinator CREST-project)

10:10 Keynote: Near shore processes and modelling tools
Catherine Villaret (Coastal Modelling Solution company and researcher at the St Venant Laboratory of Hydraulics in Chatou)

10:50 Improving our knowledge of underwater physical processes
Erik Toorman (KU Leuven)

PhD pitches
Mohamed Ouda (KU Leuven)
Qinghui Zhang (KU Leuven)

11:15 Improving our knowledge of wave impact and overtopping
Peter Troch (Ghent University)

PhD pitches
Vincent Gruwez (Ghent University)
Samuel Van Ackere (Ghent University)
Ine Vandebeek (Ghent University/KU Leuven)

11:45 Innovation in coastal monitoring
Alain Dewulf (Ghent University)

PhD pitches
Glenn Strypsteen (KU Leuven)
Annelies Vandenbulcke (Ghent University)

12:15 Poster exhibition and demo session of monitoring techniques

12:45 Lunch

13:45 Keynote: Working with nature: the Sand Engine experience
Marcel Stive (Professor Emeritus TUDelft)

14:25 Improving our knowledge of sediment transport at the coast
Toon Verwaest (Flanders Hydraulics Research)

PhD pitches
Anne-Lise Montreuil (VUB)
Evelien Brand (VUB)

14:50 Interactive intermezzo on citizen-science

15:10 Data rescue
Simon Claus (VLIZ)

15:30 Towards one set of climate change scenarios for the Belgian coast
Dries Van den Eynde (RBINS)

15:50 Closure

16:00 Network reception

More information

Visit the website for more information. Documents of former meetings can be consulted at (User name: ; login: kdynus3r).