Uwe Sachelle Ntame Best

PhD fellow

Biography

Uwe, an avid coastal engineering researcher, is currently specializing in bio-geomorphological modelling with special application to Mangrove-Mudflat coastlines. Her research aims to investigate the dynamics of mangrove coasts under scenarios of storms and sea level rise; and to scale with NbS strategies with the inclusion of hard structures.  This marco view of the system is aimed to maintain coastal resilience and limit vulnerability.

She is an experienced Civil Engineer with in excess of four years of a demonstrated history of working in the civil engineering industry. Uwe has further specialized in Coastal Engineering and Port Development and worked on research projects through collaborations with Deltares, Delft University of Technology, Utrecht University  and the Twente University. During her doctoral studies, Uwe will be assisting in provision of lectures and mentorship to students at the Master’s Level as this will provide initial training in her passion to strengthen STEM related disciplines. Uwe is skilled in Conference presentations, Delft 3D, Delft3D-Flexible Mesh, MATLAB, AutoCAD and XBeach among others. Throughout her years in the civil engineering industry, she has worked on a wide range of projects spanning roads (both primary and secondary) and bridge (local and capital projects) construction, and sea and river defence projects ( local and foreign funded). This gave her a strong footing with regards to managing projects to their timely completion as she maintained a high level of professionalism and integrity in her work. Currently her interests extends to the following:

  • • Integrated Coastal Zone Management: Hybrid Designs and Restoration Techniques
  • • Sea Level Rise Impact on low lying coasts
  • • Waves and Storm Impacts on vegetated-mudflat systems

Research Summary

Coastal vulnerability is amplified by the effects of climate change such as sea level rise and the increase of unpredictable extreme events such as storm surges and tsunamis. The increasing coastal vulnerability is expected to continue throughout the 21st century and could incur high economic costs if the traditional approach to coastal protection measures are maintained. To adequately cope with these hazards, flexible and adaptive solutions are needed to ensure the resilience of mangrove mudflat systems. This is crucial as studies project that by 2080, more than 500 million people living within the coastal zone will be exposed to the threats of coastal flooding as the sea level rises. Therefore, the main objective of this research is “to enhance the behavioural knowledge and to strengthen the adaptation framework governing the vulnerability reduction measures for fringing mangrove-mudflat systems under the impact of sea level rise and storms”.

The goal of this project is however twofold. The first being to understand the collective scope of existing projects and to address gaps in literature on the ecosystem services provided by mangroves within mudflat systems. While the second seeks to advance vulnerability assessment tools by developing and validating a biophysical vulnerability indicator for to asses to resilience of hybrid protection measures against storm surges and sea level rise.

Publications

Best, U. S., van der Wegen, D., Borsje, D., Willemsen, I., & Dijkstra, D. (2017). Modelling sea level rise impact on salt marsh/mangrove-mudflat morphodynamics
DOI number: 10.18174 410129. Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research (NCK) Days 2017 (p. 36). Den Helder, Netherlands: NCK Organisation.
Best US, van der Wegen M, Dijkstra J, Willemsen P, Borsje B, Roelvink D (2018) Do salt marshes survive sea level rise? Modelling wave action, morphodynamics and vegetation dynamics. Environmental Modelling & Software 
 

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