Mick van der Wegen

Associate Professor of Estuarine Dynamics


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).

Major research focus comprises climate change and sea level rise impact on estuarine dynamics. Special expertise includes modeling of estuarine morphodynamics at various spatial scales, including entire tidal basins, channel-shoal interactions, dredging strategies, mudflats, salt marshes and mangroves belts. Broader expertise relates to hydrodynamic processes like density currents, salt intrusion and sediment pathways. For me, research implies always seeking for opportunities to explore new paths beyond the state-of-the-art.

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.


Key Publications:


Thanh, V. Q., Roelvink, D., Wegen, M. v.d., Reyns, J., Kernkamp, H., Vinh, G. V., & Linh, V. T. P. (2020). Flooding in the Mekong Delta: the impact of dyke systems on downstream hydrodynamics. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences24(1), 189-212


Van der Wegen, M., Roelvink, J. A., & Jaffe, B. E. (2019). Morphodynamic Resilience of Intertidal Mudflats on a Seasonal Time Scale. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans124(11), 8290-8308.


Elmilady, H. M. S. M. A., van der Wegen, M., Roelvink, D., & Jaffe, B. E. (2019). Intertidal Area Disappears Under Sea Level Rise: 250 Years of Morphodynamic Modeling in San Pablo Bay, California. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface124(1), 38-59


Best, U. S., Van der Wegen, M., Dijkstra, J., Willemsen, P. W. J. M., Borsje, B. W., & Roelvink, D. J. (2018). Do salt marshes survive sea level rise? Modelling wave action, morphodynamics and vegetation dynamics. Environmental modelling & software109, 152-166.


              Vermeersen, B. L., Slangen, A. B., Gerkema, T., Baart, F., Cohen, K.M., Dangendorf, S., ... & Jevrejeva, S. (2018). Sea-level change in the Dutch Wadden                      Sea. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences97(3), 79-127


Achete, F., Van der Wegen, M., Roelvink, J. A., & Jaffe, B. (2017). How can climate change and engineered water conveyance affect sediment dynamics in the San Francisco Bay-Delta system?. Climatic change142(3-4), 375-389


Martyr-Koller, R. C., Kernkamp, H. W. J., van Dam, A., van der Wegen, M., Lucas, L. V., Knowles, N., ... & Fregoso, T. A. (2017). Application of an unstructured 3D finite volume numerical model to flows and salinity dynamics in the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science192, 86-107


G. Dam, M. van der Wegen, R. J. Labeur, D. Roelvink, Modeling centuries of estuarine morphodynamics in the Western Scheldt estuary, 43:8, 3839–3847, doi 10.1002/2015GL066725


Guo, L., M van der Wegen, JA Roelvink, ZB Wang, Q He, Long-term, process-based morphodynamic modeling of a fluvio-deltaic system, part I: The role of river discharge, CSR 109, 95-111, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2015.09.002


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., 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.






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