WOODY - Full scale hydraulic and ecological optimisation of a dike-forest combination

Vegetation along dikes can help to reduce flood risk. In the Netherlands, the forests on river flood plains reduce wave forces on dikes. In the tropics mangrove forests fulfil a similar function. With the foresight of higher water levels due to climate-change, the Netherlands needs to upgrade their dikes in the coming decades. Using woody wetland vegetation as integral part of our flood defence may significantly reduce the investments needed. However, at this moment we lack the tools to reliably predict the flood-defence value of woody wetlands. Moreover, we do not yet know if the nature-quality goals are compatible with flood-defence goals. In this project we aim to resolve these questions, by developing tools to: quantify the flood-defence contribution of woody wetlands, provide fundamental insight on the trade-off between nature-quality and flood-defence, and translate this knowledge into guidelines. We will use techniques ranging from experiments with real-scale super-storm waves on willow trees, to ecological fieldwork.

  • Projectnummer / Project number: 17194
  • Deelnemende kennisinstellingen / Participating institutes: Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee (NIOZ) en Technische Universiteit Delft
  • Gebruikers / Users: 3 bedrijven, 1 instelling en 1 stichting / 3 companies ,1 institution and 1 foundation
  • Projectleider / Project leader: Dr. ir. B. Hofland, Technische Universiteit Delft
  • Type project / Type project: Lopend
  • Startdatum / Start date: 1-09-2019
  • Einddatum / End date: 31-08-2023
  • Programma / Programme: Open Technologieprogramma
  • Vakgebied / Discipline: Technische Wetenschappen, biologie


Drs. Maartje van Dijk (Programmamedewerker) Drs. Maartje van Dijk (Programmamedewerker) +31 (0)30 6001378 m.vandijk@nwo.nl