Modeling the morphodynamics of the mouth of the Scheldt estuary

Jebbe van der Werf, Tomas van Oyen, Bart de Maerschalck, Abdel Nnafie, Arnold van Rooijen, Marcel Taal, Toon Verwaest, Lodewijk de Vet, Julia Vroom, Mick van der Wegen

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Recent research on the Scheldt estuary mainly focused on the Western Scheldt. There is now a renewed interest in the
mouth of the estuary as the Flemish government explores the feasibility of large-scale morphological interventions in
that area. This paper describes the ongoing development of a process-based numerical model (Delft3D) of the Scheldt
estuary. The so-called Delft3D-NeVla model computes morphodynamics forced by waves, tide, wind and river discharge,
and affected by sediment dredging and dumping to maintain navigation channels at the desired depth. After further
calibration and validation, the Delft3D-NeVla model will become an important tool to understand and predict the
morphodynamics of the mouth of the estuary due to natural processes and large-scale morphological interventions such
as relocation of navigation channels.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIAHR 2015
Subtitle of host publication36th IAHR World Congress: Deltas of the Future (and what happens upstream)
EditorsArthur Mynett
Place of PublicationMadrid
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-824846-0-1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event36th IAHR World Congress 2015 : Delta's of the future (and what hapens upstream) - World Forum, The Hague, Netherlands
Duration: 28 Jun 20153 Jul 2015
Conference number: 36


Conference36th IAHR World Congress 2015
CityThe Hague


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