Ap van Dongeren

Associate Professor in Coastal Hazards


Ap van Dongeren is an Associate Professor of Coastal Hazards at IHE Delft and a Senior Specialist at Deltares. He holds a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from TU Delft and a Ph.D of Civil Engineering (Coastal) from U. of Delaware (USA). He has been project leader on a number of national and international projects for the Dutch government, Dutch water boards, the Office of Naval Research and the World Bank. He was Coordinator on an EU-FP7 project called RISC-KIT on coastal resilience and extreme coastal events. He is the program manager on the strategic research program on "Quantifying Flood Hazards and Impacts", and member of the Deltares Scientific Board. He has led the development from the Deltares side of the open-source XBeach model from a dune erosion model to wider applicability on coral, gravel and vegetated coasts. He has led the development of Delft3D as an open-source model for the Navy and the development of a tool to quickly set up models and the development of a method to derive nearshore bathymetries from remote sensing. He served on the U.S. National Academies’ Committee on Coastal Risk Reduction for the U.S. Corps of Engineers. He has led a project team to improve the performance of SWAN (a wave action model) in a tidal inlet sea in order to derive more reliable Dutch wave boundary conditions. He has been Work Package Leader for the MICORE project, which has developed online dune erosion models for the European Union. 

Research Summary

Research Interests

- wave dynamics and flooding on small islands and coral-reef lined coasts

- morphological change on barrier islands

- numerical morphodynamical methods


2019    Klaver S, CM Nederhoff, A Giardino, MFS Tissier, AR van Dongeren, A van der Spek ,Impact of coral reef mining pits on nearshore hydrodynamics and wave runup during extreme wave events.,Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 124 (4), 2824-2841, 2019

  doi.org/10.1029/2018JC014165  2824-2841 

2019    Masselink G, M Tuck, R McCall, A van Dongeren, M Ford, P Kench,Physical and numerical modelling of infragravity wave generation and transformation on coral reef platforms. ,Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans  DOI: 10.1029/2018JC014411 2019

2019    Rueda A, L Cagigal, S Pearson, JAA Antolinez, C Storlazzi, A van Dongeren, P Camus, FJ Mendez,HyCReWW: A Hybrid Coral Reef Wave and Water level metamodel.,Computers & Geosciences  DOI: 10.1016/j.cageo.2019.03.004, 2019

2018    Lashley, C.H. , Dano Roelvink, Ap van Dongeren, Mark L. Buckley, Ryan J. Lowe,Nonhydrostatic and surfbeat model predictions of extreme wave run-up in fringing reef environments,Coastal Engineering, Vol. 137  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2018.03.007.  11-27

2018    Ferreira, O., C. Viavattene, J.A. Jimenez, A. Bolle, L. das Neves, T.A. Plomaritis, R. McCall, A.R. van Dongeren,Storm-induced risk assessment: Evaluation of two tools at the regional and hotspot scale,Coastal Engineering - RISC-KIT Special Issue  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2017.10.005

2018    Buckley, M.L., R.J. Lowe, J.E. Hansen, A.R. van Dongeren and C.D. Storlazzi,Mechanisms of Wave-Driven Water Level Variability on Reef-Fringed Coastlines,Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2017.10.007

2018    Wesselman, D., de Winter, R., Engelstad, A., McCall, R., van Dongeren, A., Hoekstra, P., Oost, A., and van der Vegt, M. ,The effect of tides and storms on the sediment transport across a Dutch barrier island. ,Earth Surf. Process. Landforms, 43  https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4235  579–592.

2018    Storlazzi, C.D., S.B. Gingerich., A.R. van Dongeren, et al.,Most atolls will be uninhabitable by the mid-21st century because of sea-level rise exacerbating wave-driven flooding,Science Advances  http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aap9741

2018    Bertin, X., A. de Bakker, A.R. van Dongeren et al.,Infragravity waves: From driving mechanisms to impacts,Earth-Science Reviews  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2018.01.002

2018    Van Dongeren, A.R., Paolo Ciavola, Grit Martinez, Christophe Viavattene, Tom Bogaard, Oscar Ferreira, Ruth Higgins, Robert McCall ,Introduction to RISC-KIT: Resilience-increasing strategies for coasts.,Coastal Engineering, Volume 134,

  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2017.10.007  Pages 2-9 

2017    Groeneweg, J. and van Dongeren, A. ,Finite-Depth and Shallow Water Waves. ,Encyclopedia of Maritime and Offshore Engineering. 1–10.   10.1002/9781118476406.emoe083

2017    Winter, G., Lowe, R.J., Symonds, G., Hansen, J.E. and van Dongeren, A.R. ,Standing infragravity waves over an alongshore irregular rocky bathymetry. ,J. Geophys. Res. Oceans.   doi:10.1002/2016JC012242

2017    Van Dongeren, A., Roelvink, D., McCall, R., Nederhoff, K. and van Rooijen, A.,Modeling the Morphological Impacts of Coastal Storms Coastal Storms: Processes and Impacts (eds P. Ciavola and G. Coco),Coastal Storms: Processes and Impacts (eds P. Ciavola and G. Coco), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK   doi: 10.1002/9781118937099.ch10

2017    Pearson, S.G., Storlazzi, C.D., van Dongeren, A.R., Tissier, M.F.S. and Reniers, A.J.H.M. ,A Bayesian-Based System to Assess Wave-Driven Flooding Hazards on Coral Reef-Lined Coasts. ,J. Geophys. Res. Oceans.   doi:10.1002/2017JC013204

2017    Smallegan, S.M., J.L. Irish and A.R. van Dongeren ,Developed barrier island adaptation strategies to hurricane forcing under rising sea levels. ,Climatic Change   10.1007/s10584-017-1988-y

2016    Gawehn, M., A. van Dongeren, A. van Rooijen, C. D. Storlazzi, O. M. Cheriton, and A. Reniers,Identification and classification of very low frequency waves on a coral reef flat,J. Geophys. Res. Oceans  121, doi:10.1002/2016JC011834.

2016    Buckley, M.L., R. J. Lowe, J. E. Hansen,  and A. R .Van Dongeren,Wave setup over a fringing reef with large bottom roughness. ,Journal of Physical Oceanography   doi:10.1175/JPO-D-15-0148.1

2016    Smallegan, S.M., J.L. Irish, A.R. van Dongeren, J.P. den Bieman,Morphological response of a sandy barrier island with a buried seawall during Hurricane Sandy,Coastal Engineering  110,  doi:10.1016/j.coastaleng.2016.01.005  102–110

2016    Van Rooijen, A. A., R. T. McCall, J. S. M. van Thiel de Vries, A. R. van Dongeren, A. J. H. M. Reniers, and J. A. Roelvink  ,Modeling the effect of wave-vegetation interaction on wave setup,J. Geophys. Res. Oceans  121, doi:10.1002/2015JC011392

2016    Van Dongeren, A.R., M.J de Jong, C. van der Lem and  A.J. van Deyzen.  ,Review of Long Wave Dynamics over Reefs and into Ports with Implication for Port Operations.,J. of  Marine Science and Engineering  4(1), 12; doi:10.3390/jmse4010012

2016    Poelhekke, L., W.S. Jager, T.A. Plomaritis, A.R. Van Dongeren, R.T. McCall, O. Ferreira ,Estimating Coastal Hazards for Sandy Coastlines with a Bayesian Network ,Coastal Engineering  Volume 118, December 2016, Pages 21-34, ISSN 0378-3839, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2016.

2015    Quataert, E., C. Storlazzi, A. van Rooijen, O. Cheriton, and A. van Dongeren,The influence of coral reefs and climate change on wave-driven flooding of tropical coastlines,Geophys. Res.Lett., 42  doi:10.1002/2015GL064861.

2015    Buckley, M.L., R. J. Lowe, J. E. Hansen,  and A. R .Van Dongeren,Dynamics of wave setup over a steeply-sloping fringing reef ,Journal of Physical Oceanography  45 (12), DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-15-0067.1  45 (12), p. 3005-3023

2015    Pomeroy, A.W.M., Lowe, R.J., Van Dongeren, A.R., Ghisalberti, M., Bodde, W., Roelvink, D.,Spectral wave-driven sediment transport across a fringing reef,Coastal Engineering, 98  DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2015.01.005  pp. 78-94.

2015    Sembiring, L., A.R. van Dongeren, G. Winter, J.A. Roelvink,Dynamic Modelling of Rip Currents for Swimmer Safety on a Wind Sea Dominated Meso-tidal Beach,Journal of Coastal Research 08/2015   DOI:10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-14-00260.1

2015    Sembiring, L., M. van Ormondt, A. van Dongeren, and J.A. Roelvink. ,A validation of an operational wave and surge prediction system for the Dutch Coast.,Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15  doi:10.5194/nhess-15-1231-2015  1231-1242

2015    Van Verseveld, H.C.W, A.R. van Dongeren, N.G. Plant, W.S. Jager, C. den Heijer,Modelling Multi-hazard Hurricane Damages on an Urbanized Coast with a Bayesian Network Approach,Coastal Engineering  DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2015.05.006  pp. 1-14

2014    Van Dongeren, A., Ciavola, P., Viavattene, C., De Kleermaeker, S., Martinez, G., Ferreira, O., Costa, C.,RISC-KIT: Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts – toolkit. ,In: Green, A.N. and Cooper, J.A.G. (eds.), Proceedings 13th International Coastal Symposium (Durban, South Africa), Journal of Coastal Research  Special Issue No. 66, ISSN 0749-0208.

2014    Ciavola, P., Ferreira, O., Dongeren, A. V., Vries, J. V. T. D., Armaroli, C., and Harley, M. ,Prediction of Storm Impacts on Beach and Dune Systems,Hydrometeorological Hazards: Interfacing Science and Policy. Edited by Philippe Quevauviller.  10.1002/9781118629567.ch3d  pp. 227-252.

2014    G. Winter, A.R. van Dongeren, M.A. de Schipper, J.S.M. van Thiel de Vries ,Rip currents under obliquely incident wind waves and tidal longshore currents.,Coastal Engineering, Volume 89, July 2014, Pages 106-119, ISSN 0378-3839  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2014.04.001

2013    Van Dongeren, A.R., R. Lowe, A. Pomeroy, M.T. Duong, J.A. Roelvink, G. Symonds and R. Ranasinghe,Numerical modeling of low-frequency wave dynamics over a fringing coral reef. ,Coastal Engineering,  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2012.11.004

2012    Pomeroy, A., R. Lowe, G. Symonds, A. van Dongeren and C. Moore ,The dynamics of infragravity wave transformation over a fringing reef.  ,J. Geophys. Res., 117, C11  http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2012JC008310

2012    Daly, C., J.A. Roelvink, A.R. van Dongeren, J.S.M van Thiel de Vries and R.T. McCall,Validation of an advective-deterministic approach to short wave breaking in a surf-beat model. ,Coastal Engineering, Volume 60, February 2012, Pages 69-83, ISSN 0378-3839,   10.1016/j.coastaleng.2011.08.001.

2012    Williams Jon J., A. Ruiz de Alegria-Arzaburu, R. T. McCall, A.R. van Dongeren,Modelling gravel barrier profile response to combined waves and tides using XBeach: Laboratory and field results. ,Coastal Engineering, ISSN 0378-3839, 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2011.12.010.

2012    Van der Westhuysen, A.J., A.R. van Dongeren, J. Groeneweg, G.Ph. van Vledder, H. Peters, C. Gautier,Improvements in spectral wave modeling in tidal inlet seas. ,Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 117, C00J28, .  http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2011JC007837

2011    Baart, F.,  M.A.J. Bakker, A.R. van Dongeren, C. den Heijer, S. van Heteren, M.W.J. Smit, M. van Koningsveld,Using 18th-century storm-surge data from the Dutch Coast to improve the confidence in flood risk estimates. ,Natural. Hazards Earth System Sciences, 11, 2791-2801,   http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/nhess-11-2791-2011

2011    Wenneker, I., A.R. van Dongeren, J. Lescinski, J.A. Roelvink, M.J.A. Borsboom,A Boussinesq-type wave driver for a morphodynamical model to predict short-term morphology. ,Coastal Engineering    Vol 58, Issue 1, January 2011, Pages 66-84

2010    McCall, R.T., J.S.M. Van Thiel de Vries, N.G. Plant, A.R. Van Dongeren, J.A. Roelvink, D.M. Thompson,Two-dimensional time dependent hurricane overwash and erosion modelling at Santa Rosa Island.  ,Coastal Engineering, Vol. 57, 7, pp. 668-683,   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2010.02.006

2009    Baart, F., T. van der Kaaij, M. van Ormondt, A.R. van Dongeren, M. van Koningsveld and J.A. Roelvink,Real-time forecasting of morphological storm impacts: a case study in the Netherlands.,Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56 (Proceedings of the 10th International Coastal Symposium), Lisbon, Portugal Special Issue 56:1617–1621

2009    Roelvink, J.A., A. Reniers, A.R. van Dongeren, J. Van Thiel de Vries, R. McCall, J. Lescinski ,Modeling storm impacts on beaches, dunes and barrier islands.  ,Coastal Engineering,  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2009.08.006

2009    Ferreira, O., Ciavola, P., Armaroli, C., Balouin, Y., Benavente, J., Del Rio, L., Deserti, M., Esteves, L.S., Furmanczyk, K., Haerens, P., Matias, A., Perini, L., Taborda, R., Terefenko, P., Trifonova, E., Trouw, K., Valchev, N., Van Dongeren, A., Van Koningsveld, M. and Williams, J.J. ,Coastal Storm Risk Assessment in Europe: Examples from 9 study sites. ,Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56 (Proceedings of the 10th International Coastal Symposium), Lisbon, Portugal

2008    Van Dongeren, A.R., N.G. Plant, A.B. Cohen, J.A. Roelvink, M. C. Haller, P. Catalan,Beach Wizard: Nearshore bathymetry estimation through assimilation of model computations and remote observations. ,Coastal Engineering, Volume 55, Issue 12, December 2008, Pages 1016-1027

2007    Van Dongeren, A., J. Battjes, T. Janssen, J van Noorloos, K. Steenhauer, G. Steenbergen, and A. Reniers,Shoaling and shoreline dissipation of low-frequency waves.,Journal of Geophysical Research, 112, C02011,   http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2006JC003701

2006    Van der Molen, W., P. Monardez Santander and A.R. Van Dongeren ,Numerical Simulation of Long-period waves and ship motions in Tomakomai Port, Japan. ,Coastal Engineering Journal, Vol. 48, No. 1 (2006) 59-79.

2004    Battjes, J.A., H.J. Bakkenes, T.T. Janssen and A.R. Van Dongeren,Shoaling of subharmonic gravity waves. ,Journal of Geophysical Research,  109, C2, C02009, 10.1029/2003JC001863.

2003    Janssen, T.T,  J. A. Battjes and A. R. Van Dongeren,Long waves induced by short- wave groups over a sloping bottom. ,Journal of Geophysical Research, 108,  (C8) , 3252,   http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2002JC001515

2003    Van Dongeren, A.R., A.J.H.M. Reniers, J.A. Battjes and I.A. Svendsen,Numerical modeling of infragravity wave response during Delilah. ,Journal of Geophysical Research, 108,  (C9) , 3288,   http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2002JC001332

2002    Reniers, A.J.H.M, A.R. Van Dongeren, J.A. Battjes and E.B. Thornton,Linear modelling of infragravity wave response during Delilah. ,Journal of Geophysical Research, 107 (C10), 3137,  http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2001JC001083

2000    Van Dongeren, A.R. and I.A. Svendsen ,Nonlinear and Quasi 3-D Effects in Leaky Infragravity Waves. ,Coastal Engineering, vol. 41, issue 4, pp. 467-496.

1997    Van Dongeren, A.R. and I.A. Svendsen,An Absorbing-Generating Boundary Condition for Shallow Water Models. ,J. of Waterways, Ports, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, vol. 123, no. 6, pp. 303-313.

1994    Van Dongeren, A.R. and H.J. de Vriend ,A model of morphological behaviour of tidal basins. ,Coastal Engineering, 22, pp. 287-310.


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