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CREST final conference: Climate Resilient Coast

How can we give our coast the resilience to withstand a changing climate? This research question was central to the CREST project –standing for Climate Resilient Coast – that bundled the Flemish expertise with regard to near-shore processes. Field measurements, laboratory tests and numerical modelling were conducted for four years. Are you curious about what their findings are? And how these can be useful for the future of the Flemish coast? Those were some of the questions raised at the CREST final conference on Thursday 26 September 2019 in Greenbridge in Ostend.


09:30-10:00   Registration | Welcome coffee

10:00-10:10   Welcome
Noémie Wouters, CEO GreenBridge  

10:10-11:00   CREST - General overview [presentation] [video]
Jaak Monbaliu, Project Coordinator

11:00-12:45    Pitch presentations: CREST take home messages

  • THEME 1: climate change including morphological evolution on long time scale (decades) for the Belgian coast as a whole [presentation]
  • THEME 2: morphodynamics on time scale of days (storms) to years (lifetime of nourishments) for the two pilot areas [presentation]
  • THEME 3: physical processes and innovation in modelling [presentation]
  • THEME 4: prediction of wave impact (overtopping and loads) on the dike during storms [presentation]

12:45-14:15    Lunch with poster exhibition & demo session of monitoring techniques

14:15-14:45    Keynote presentation - Wave-driven and Aeolian sand transport: Dutch experiences [presentation]
Gerben Ruessink, Utrecht University (NL)

14:45-15:45    Panel discussion: evaluation & foresight exercise

The panel members are Annelies Bolle (IMDC), Krien Hansen (Natuurpunt), Bernard Malherbe (Jan De Nul Group), Gerben Ruessink (Utrecht University, The Netherlands), Tomas Sterckx (Dredging International nv), Peter Van Besien (Flemish Government, Coastal Division)

15:45-16:00    Closing speech [presentation]
Jaak Monbaliu, Project Coordinator

16:00-17:00    Visit to the Coastal & Ocean wave Basin (COB) and Towing Tank

17:00-18:30    Network reception with the support of DEME

Practical information

GreenBridge, Wetenschapspark 1, 8400 Oostende, Belgium

Thursday, September 26th, from 9:30 until 18:30