Dano Roelvink PhD, MSc

Professor of Coastal Engineering and Port Development


Prof. Roelvink has 33 years of experience in coastal engineering and research. He has participated as team member and as project manager in a number of major consultancy projects related to coastal morphology. He has managed the development of the Delft3D model system for two- and three-dimensional simulation of waves, currents, water quality, ecology and morphodynamics, and has heavily contributed to development of the morphological part of this system. He has been actively involved in the EU-sponsored MaST-G6M and MaST-G8M, SASME, COAST3D, DELOS and MICORE research projects on coastal morphodynamics and currently participates in Risc-KIT. His field of expertise is in coastal hydrodynamics and morphodynamics modelling, in one, two or three dimensions. In 1993 he obtained a PhD-degree at Delft University of Technology, based on a thesis on the effect of surf beats on coastal profiles.

He has published over 100 articles on coastal hydraulics and morphodynamics in international journals and conference proceedings (Scopus h-index 28), and he has been a part-time Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology from 1990-2005 and presently holds an honorary Professorship there. Since 2005 he has been Head of the Chairgroup Coastal Systems & Engineering and Port Development at UNESCO-IHE, now IHE Delft; since then this group has grown quickly in staff, students, research and societal impact. He is a strong proponent of international scientific cooperation with various parties in order to further the state-of-the-art in morphodynamic modelling and has set up collaborative projects with the US Geological Survey, the US Office of Naval Research, the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as with numerous institutes in France, China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Brazil and West-Africa.

Dano Roelvink has initiated and currently leads the development of XBeach, an open-source model for storm impacts on beaches, dunes, barriers and reef coasts. In 2011 he published a bestselling 'Guide to modeling coastal morphology' with World Scientific. In 2017 he received the International Coastal Engineering Award from the Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI) of the American Society of Civil Egineers for ''his tremendous contributions in leadership and development of the theory and modeling of coastal morphodynamics, and for his role as an international educator in the field of coastal dynamics.


2018 AR Carrasco, T Plomaritis, J Reyns, O Ferreira, D Roelvink. Tide circulation patterns in a coastal lagoon under sea-level rise. Ocean Dynamics, pp. 1-19.

2018 L. Zuo, D. Roelvink, Y. Lu, H. Wang. Modelling and analysis on high sediment concentration layer of fine sediments under wave-dominated conditions. Coastal Engineering, 2018, accepted article in press.

2018 CH Lashley, D Roelvink, A van Dongeren, ML Buckley, RJ Lowe. Nonhydrostatic and surfbeat model predictions of extreme wave run-up in fringing reef environments. Coastal Engineering 137, 11-27

2018 X Bertin, A de Bakker, A van Dongeren, G Coco, G Andre, F Ardhuin, P Bonneton, F Bouchette, B Castelle, WC Crawford, M Davidson, M Deen, G Dodet, T Guerin, K Inch, F Leckler, R McCall, H Muller, M Olabarrieta, D Roelvink, G Ruessink, D Sous, E Stutzmann, M Tissier. Infragravity waves: from driving mechanisms to impacts.  Earth-Science Reviews Vol 177, Pages 774-799

2018 TM Duong, R Ranasinghe, M Thatcher, S Mahanama, ZB Wang, ...Assessing climate change impacts on the stability of small tidal inlets: Part 2-Data rich environments. Marine Geology 395, 65-81

2017 Bodde, W., McCall, R., Jansen, M., Roelvink, D., Aagaard, T., Deigaard, R., Fuhrman, D., 2017. Long-term morphological modelling: combining storm impact and daily conditions in an integrated modeling framework. Coastal Dynamics 2017, 1809-1820.

2017 Duong, T.M., Ranasinghe, R., Luijendijk, A., Walstra, D., Roelvink, D., 2017. Assessing climate change impacts on the stability of small tidal inlets: Part 1-Data poor environments. Marine Geology, 390, 331-346.

2017 Hoonhout, B., Luijendijk, A., Velhorst, R., de Vries, S., Roelvink, D., 2017. How tides and waves enhance aeolian sediment transport at the sand motor mega-nourishment. Coastal Dynamics 2017, 513-521.

2017 Meselhe, E., Roelvink, D., Wackerman, C., Xing, F., Thanh, V.Q., 2017. Modeling the Process Response of Coastal and Deltaic Systems to Human and Global Changes. Focus on The Mekong System. Oceanography, 30, 84-97.

2017 Minikowski Achete, F., van der Wegen, M., Roelvink, D., Jaffe, B.E., 2017. How can climate change and engineered water conveyance affect sediment dynamics in the San Francisco Bay-Delta system? Climatic Change, 142: 375.

2017 Pomeroy, A.W., Lowe, R.J., Ghisalberti, M., Storlazzi, C., Symonds, G., Roelvink, D., 2017. Sediment transport in the presence of large reef bottom roughness. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 122, 1347-1368.

2017 Roelvink, D., McCall, R., Mehvar, S., Nederhoff, K., Dastgheib, A., 2017. Improving predictions of swash dynamics in XBeach: The role of groupiness and incident-band runup. Coastal Engineering Volume 134, April 2018, Pages 103-123

2017 Roelvink, D., Costas, S., 2017. Beach berms as an essential link between subaqueous and subaerial beach/dune profiles. Geo-Temas, vol. 17, pp. 79-82. ISSN: 1576-5172

2017 Thanh, V.Q., Reyns, J., Wackerman, C., Eidam, E.F., Roelvink, D., 2017. Modelling suspended sediment dynamics on the subaqueous delta of the Mekong River. Continental Shelf Research, 147, 213-230.

2017 Van der Wegen, M., Jaffe, B., Foxgrover, A., Roelvink, D., 2017. Mudflat Morphodynamics and the Impact of Sea Level Rise in South San Francisco Bay. Estuaries and Coasts, 40, 37-49.

2017 Zuo, L., Roelvink, D., Lu, Y., Li, S., 2017. On incipient motion of silt-sand under combined action of waves and currents. Applied Ocean Research, 69, 116-125.

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