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Estuaries shaped by biomorphodynamics, inherited landscape conditions and human interference

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 ESTUARIES project word cloud

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postcode: 3584 CS

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙000˙000 €
 EC max contribution 2˙000˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-12-01   to  2020-11-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT NL (UTRECHT) coordinator 2˙000˙000.00


 Project objective

ESTUARIES are shallow coastal water bodies with river inflow shaped by biomorphological processes, with patterns of channels and shoals, sand/mud flats, tidal marshes, vegetated banks and peat. Development was influenced by early Holocene landscape that drowned under sealevel rise, and by human interference. Estuaries harbour highly productive natural habitats and are of pivotal economic importance for food production, access to harbours and urban safety. Accelerating sealevel rise, changing river discharge and interference threaten these functions, but we lack fundamental understanding and models to predict combined effects of biomorphological interactions, inherited landscape and changing drivers. We do not understand to what extent present estuary planform shape and shoal patterns resulted from biomorphological processes interacting with inherited conditions and interference. Ecology suggests dominant effects of flow-resisting and sediment de/stabilising eco-engineering species. Yet abiotic physics-based models reproduce channel-shoal patterns surprisingly well, but must assume a fixed planform estuary shape. Holocene reconstructions emphasise inherited landscape- and agricultural effects on this planform shape, yet fossil shells and peat also imply eco-engineering effects. My aims are to develop models for large-scale planform shape and size of sandy estuaries and predict past and future, large-scale effects of biomorphological interactions and inherited conditions. We will significantly advance our understanding by our state-of-the-art eco-morphological model, my unique analogue landscape models with eco-engineers and a new, automated paleogeographic reconstruction of 10 data-rich Holocene estuaries on the south-east North Sea coast. We will systematically compare these to modelled scenarios with biomorphological processes, historic interference and inherited valley geometry and substrate. Outcomes will benefit ecology, archeology, oceanography and engineering


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Maarten G. Kleinhans, Bente de Vries, Lisanne Braat, Mijke van Oorschot
Living landscapes: Muddy and vegetated floodplain effects on fluvial pattern in an incised river
published pages: , ISSN: 0197-9337, DOI: 10.1002/esp.4437
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 2019-06-06
2018 T. de Haas, H.J. Pierik, A.J.F. van der Spek, K.M. Cohen, B. van Maanen, M.G. Kleinhans
Holocene evolution of tidal systems in The Netherlands: Effects of rivers, coastal boundary conditions, eco-engineering species, inherited relief and human interference
published pages: 139-163, ISSN: 0012-8252, DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.10.006
Earth-Science Reviews 177 2019-06-06

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