Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

NCK theme afternoon Offshore Activities and Seabed Evolution

Date: 06 November 2018
Location: Utrecht

Shallow coastal seabeds are subject to an increasing pressure by offshore operations, like sand mining and the construction and operation of offshore infrastructure. The seabed topography, seabed life, sediment dynamics and hydrodynamics form a coupled system. When disturbed, this coupled system needs time to recover. Anthropogenic disturbances will affect the (local) ecosystem. Moreover, these changes will affect the seabed topography and the potential of the seabed to store fine sediments. The OASE (Offshore Activities & Seabed Evolution) NCK theme day aims to:

  1. summarize the state-of-the-art knowledge and tools on sea bed evolution and offshore operations in four short presentations,
  2. integrate knowledge from ecology, geomorphology, fine sediment dynamics and governance in interactive group sessions and
  3. provide a platform to transfer open research questions from offshore engineering practice to science and vice versa during the discussion and drinks.

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