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Coasts & Seas

Coastal related studies are among the core competencies of WaterProof B.V. The interaction between land and water creates a complex environment. Our staff has over 10 years of combined experience in all kind of hydrodynamic-, morphological and coastal studies in many countries throughout the world. We provide advice based on our expert knowledge of the coastal and marine system.

Tools

To support our advice, specialized numerical models are often applied. Our expertise covers the full spectrum of numerical models that can be applied to assist in advising on all kinds of shore-related studies. Highly advanced numerical modelling tools are not avoided and often applied in various coastal studies. It should be noted that models are always a representation of reality and the model results should be interpreted with a specialist view, while always considering the objective of the applied tool. The model results are guiding (never leading) and will always be placed in perspective with the range of application of the applied tools.

The globally frequently applied numerical hydro-morphodynamic model Delft3D and the shallow water spectral wave model SWAN are our most important tools. Apart from these, we invest in innovation and actively monitor developments in potential models for the near future like SWASH, XBeach, 3Di and OpenFOAM.

Integrated approach

Often the research questions consist of a combination of expertises. Our approach is to use, where possible, as much as possible an integrated approach. This way, the different aspects of the research questions, the different stakeholders and different interests on both the long- and short term are implemented in the most comprehensive manner possible. A project is only a success if it is supported by its environment.

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Expertise

 Our services consist of studies in the field of:

- Hydrodynamics => i.e. modelling tidal propagation, salt intrusion, meteorological effects, etc.
- Extreme conditions => i.e. modelling tsunami generation-, propagation and inundation, storm surges and hurricanes, etc.
- Coastlines and coastal defense => i.e. modelling sediment transport, coastal rehabilitation, overwash, etc.
- Morphodynamics of estuaries and tidal inlets => i.e. modelling morphodynamic behavior of the seabed, turbidity, etc.