Gerard Dam

PhD candidate


After graduating from the University of Twente (Civil Engineering & Management) Gerard has worked for 13 years in a private held engineering company called Svasek Hydraulics. Now he works part-time on his PhD and his normal work.


Long-term process-based modelling of the morphology of estuaries


  • Dam, G., Bliek, A.J., Bruens, A.W., 2005, “Band width analysis morphological predictions Haringvliet Estuary”, Proceedings of the 4th River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics conference, Illinois, USA, p171-179
  • Dam, G., Bliek, A.J., Labeur, R.J., Ides, S. Plancke, Y., 2007, “Long term process based morphological model of the Western Scheldt Estuary”, Proceedings of the 5th River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics conference, Enschede, the Netherlands, p1077-1084.
  • Dam, G., Bliek, A.J., Nederbragt, G.J., 2009, “High resolution long term morphological model of the northern part of the Holland Coast and Texel Inlet”, Proceedings of the 6th River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics conference, Santa Fe, Argentina.
  • Dam, G., Bliek, A.J., 2011, “Hindcasting the morphological impact of 2 dams in the Western Scheldt using a sand-mud model”, Proceedings of the 7th River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics conference, Beijing, China. Submitted for special issue of Martitime Engineering.

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Research Summary

The research topic is the long-term modeling of the morphology of estuaries using process-based models. In scientific and engineering practice these kinds of models are commonly used nowadays since they are powerful tools to assess impacts, strategies or to gain knowledge. However the ability of these models to reproduce reality has had varying success.

In this research such a model is tested for a real morphological hindcast of the Western Scheldt estuary for decades and tested if such a model can be used at these long timescales. Further the sediment composition of these models has been limited to sand only, while in reality these systems are a mix of both sand and mud. Long-term runs using both fractions and their interaction have not been carried out yet and are part of this research.


Funding source: Deltares and Svasek Hydraulics

Employer: Svasek Hydraulics



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