Jentsje van der Meer Prof., PhD

Professor of Coastal Structures and Ports

Biography

Prof. Van der Meer is a world famous expert in appraisal, design and testing of breakwaters and coastal structures, including levees, dikes, embankments, seawalls, breakwaters, groins, revetments, shingle beaches and river dikes. His work on rubble mound structures has been included in all manuals all over the world. He has worked sixteen years at Delft Hydraulics (now Deltares) and ten years at Infram International, a private consultant for infrastructure appraisal and management. In 2007 he started his own company Van der Meer Consulting B.V. on Coastal Engineering Consultancy & Research. In 2014 he became professor Coastal Structures and Ports at IHE Delft for one day per week.

In addition to the applied research in the first part of his career he has been project manager or advisor in many projects on design of all kinds of coastal structures all around the world. Many of them have since then been constructed. He developed a Dutch guideline on wave run-up and overtopping at dikes. The EU-project CLASH was initiated by him and led to the European Manual on Wave Overtopping (EurOtop), which became an international standard on wave overtopping. Flood risk assessment studies became a part of his work, in the Netherlands and abroad (France, USA, Guyana, Canada, Belgium). He has published more than 170 papers in international journals, proceedings and books (most of them available from www.vdm-c.nl).

The latest developments are the hydraulic simulators. The Wave Overtopping Simulator, with copy rights to Van der Meer, was developed in 2006 and is a unique instrument to test the strength of real dikes for overtopping waves. It has been used to test the strength of various existing levees in the Netherlands and Belgium from 2007 till present for overtopping waves. A further development was the Wave Impact Generator, a machine which enables real testing of river dikes against wave impacts. The latest development was the Wave Run-up Simulator to test the strength of grassed slopes of sea dikes in the wave run-up zone.

Publications

2014

Van der Meer, J.W. and T. Bruce. New Physical Insights and Design Formulas on Wave Overtopping at Sloping and Vertical Structures. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, ASCE, ISSN 0733-950X/04014025(18).

Van der Meer, J.W. Simulators as Hydraulic Test Facilities at Dikes and other Coastal Structures. Chapter 1 in Series of Coastal and Ocean Engineering Practice, Vol.2. Design of Coastal Structures and Sea Defences. Ed. Y.C. Kim.

Van der Meer, J.W. and S. Sigurdarson. Geometrical design of berm breakwaters. ASCE, proc. ICCE 2014, Seoul, South Korea.

Steendam, G.J., A. van Hoven, J.W. van der Meer and G. Hoffmans. Wave Overtopping Simulator tests on transitions and obstacles at grass covered slopes of dikes. ASCE, proc. ICCE 2014, Seoul, South Korea.

Le H.T., J.W. van der Meer and H.J. Verhagen. Wave overtopping simulator tests on Vietnamese seadikes. Coastal Engineering Journal, Vol. 56, No. 3 (2014) 1450017.

Sigurdarson, S., J.W. van der Meer, E. Bijl, Yang Sihan, Tang Qiaoliang, Zhang Xiaoqiang, James KS Goh and D. Heijboer. Icelandic-type berm breakwater for the Hambantota artificial island revetment, application of geometrical design rules. ASCE, proc. ICCE 2014, Seoul, South Korea.

Thomsen, J.B., M.S. Roge, N.F. Christensen, T. Lykke Andersen and J.W. van der Meer. Stability of hardly reshaping berm breakwaters exposed to long waves. ASCE, proc. ICCE 2014, Seoul, South Korea.

Van der Meer, J.W. and T. Bruce. New Physical Insights and Design Formulas on Wave Overtopping at Sloping and Vertical Structures. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, ASCE, ISSN 0733-950X/04014025(18).

Zanuttigh, B, S.M. Formentin and J.W. van der Meer. Advances in modelling wave-structure interaction through artificial neural networks. ASCE, Proc. ICCE 2014, Seoul, South Korea.

Troch, P., J. Mollaert, S. Peelman, L. Victor, J.W. van der Meer, D. Gallach-Sanchez and A. Kortenhaus. Experimental study of overtopping performance for the cases of very steep slopes and vertical walls with very small freeboards. ASCE, Proc. ICCE 2014, Seoul, South Korea.

Bornschein, A, R. Pohl, V. Wolf, H. Schuttrumpf, B. Scheres, P. Troch, J. Riha, J.W. van der Meer. Wave run-up and wave overtopping under very oblique wave attack (CornerDike-project). Proc. of the HYDRALAB IV Joint User Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal.

Formentin, S.M., B. Zanuttigh, J.W. van der Meer and J. Lopez Lara. Overtopping flow characteristics at emerged and over-washed dikes. ASCE, Proc. ICCE 2014, Seoul, South Korea.

 

2013                    

Van der Meer, J.W. and T. Bruce. New physical insights and design formulae on wave overtopping at sloping and vertical structures. Paper in print. ASCE Journal of WPC&OE.

Van der Meer, J.W., T. Bruce, N.W.H. Allsop, L. Franco, A. Kortenhaus, T. Pullen and H. Schuttrumpf. EurOtop revisited. Part 1: Sloping structures. Proc. ICE, Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2013, Edinburgh, UK.

Steendam, G.J., J.W. van der Meer, P. van Steeg and G. van der Meer. Hydraulic test facilities at dikes in situ. Proc. ICE, Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2013, Edinburgh, UK.

Hughes, S., C. Thornton, B. Scholl, N. Youngblood, J. Beasley, R. Tucker and J.W. van der Meer. Wave overtopping resiliency of grass and turf reinforcement mats on sandy soils. Proc. ICE, Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2013, Edinburgh, UK.

Sigurdarson, S. and J. W. van der Meer. Design of berm breakwaters, recession, overtopping and reflection. Proc. ICE, Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2013, Edinburgh, UK.

Bruce, T., J.W. van der Meer, N.W.H. Allsop, L. Franco, A. Kortenhaus, T. Pullen and H. Schuttrumpf. EurOtop revisited. Part 2: Vertical structures. Proc. ICE, Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2013, Edinburgh, UK.

Zanuttigh, B., J.W. van der Meer, T. Bruce and S. Hughes. Statistical characterisation of extreme overtopping wave volumes. Proc ICE, Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2013, Edinburgh, UK.