Mick van der Wegen's major field of expertise is related to estuarine morphodynamics and integrated coastal zone management. After he obtained his TU Delft MSc degree in 1996 in Civil EngIneering (fluid mechanics), he has worked at IHE Delft. He obtained his PhD degree (TU Delft) on estuarine morphodynamics in 2010. He is appointed 0.6 FTE at IHE Delft (since 1997) and 0.3 FTE at Deltares (since 2013).
Research interests include (long-term) estuarine morphodynamics, density currents and salt intrusion, numerical (hydrodynamic and morphodynamic) modeling (Delft3D). Key research efforts focus on decadal to millennial timescale morphodynamic predictions, conditions for morphodynamic equilibrium, channel-shoal interactions and nourishment strategies, always seeking for opportunities to explore new paths beyond the limit of state-of-the-art knowledge.
Education efforts include teaching, guidance of MSc students and PhD candidates as well as programme coordination including accreditation and quality assurance programs. Activities include (acquisition of) research projects, advisory work and capacity building projects within an international context and often in close co-operation with institutes like TU Delft, Deltares and USGS. Beside he carries out regular review work for international, peer-reviewed journals.
Stewart, Luoma, Elrick, Carter and Van der Wegen, Influence of estuarine processes on spatiotemporal variation of bioavailable selenium, Mar. Ec. Progress Series, Vol. 492: 41–56, 2013, doi: 10.3354/meps10503
Van der Wegen, M., and B. E. Jaffe, Towards a probabilistic assessment of process-based, morphodynamic models, Coastal Engineering 75, 52–63, doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.01.009
Van der Wegen, M., and B. E. Jaffe, Does centennial morphodynamic evolution lead to higher channel efficiency in San Pablo Bay, California?, Special issue of Marine Geology, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2013.06.020
Van der Wegen, M., Numerical modeling of the impact of sea level rise on tidal basin morphodynamics, J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf., 118, doi:10.1002/jgrf.20034.
Van der Wegen, M., Roelvink, J.A., Reproduction of estuarine bathymetry by means of a process-based model: Western Scheldt case study, the Netherlands, Geomorphology, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.08.007
Cloern, J., Knowles, N., Brown, L., Cayan, D., Dettinger, M., Morgan, T., Schoellhamer, D., Stacey, M., Van der Wegen, M., Wagner, R.W., Jassby, A., Projected Evolution of California's San Francisco Bay-Delta-River System in a Century of Climate Change, PLoS ONE 6(9): e24465., doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024465
Van der Wegen, M., B. E. Jaffe, and J. A. Roelvink, Process-based, morphodynamic hindcast of decadal deposition patterns in San Pablo Bay, California, 1856–1887, J. Geophys. Res., 116, F02008, doi:10.1029/2009JF001614.
Van der Wegen, M., A. Dastgheib, B.E. Jaffe and J. A. Roelvink, Bed composition generation for morphodynamic modeling: case study of San Pablo Bay in California, USA. Ocean Dynamics, InterCoh 2009 Special issue, doi: 10.1007/s10236-010-0314-2
Van der Wegen, M., A. Dastgheib and J. A. Roelvink, Morphodynamic modeling of tidal channel evolution in comparison to empirical PA relationship, Coastal Eng. 57 (2010) 827–837, doi:10.1016/j.coastaleng.2010.04.003
Dissanayake, M. van der Wegen and J.A. Roelvink (2009), Modelled channel patterns in a schematized tidal inlet, Coastal Engineering, doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2009.08.008.
Van der Wegen, M., Z. B. Wang, H. H. G. Savenije, and J. A. Roelvink (2008), Long-term morphodynamic evolution and energy dissipation in a coastal plain, tidal embayment, J. Geophys. Res., 113, F03001, doi:10.1029/2007JF000898.
Nguyen Anh Duc, Mick van der Wegen, Dano Roelvink and Huub Savenije, New analytical equation determining the dispersion coefficient in estuaries with a distinct ebb-flood channel system, Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science, doi 10.1016/j.ecss.2008.03.002.
Van der Wegen, M., and J. A. Roelvink (2008), Long-term morphodynamic evolution of a tidal embayment using a two-dimensional, process-based model, J. Geophys. Res., 113, C03016, doi:10.1029/2006JC003983.