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September 2014

Graduation talk by Isaac Williams

Tomorrow morning (Friday 26 September 2014) Isaac Williams will present the results of his MSc Research on the Alongshore variability of swash on a low sloping barred beach. Swash is the uprush and backwash of wave motion on the beach and is a critical part of the hydrodynamics to determine whether a beach accretes or erodes. Accordingly, many parameterizations have been proposed to link swash motions to environmental parameters, such as beach slope and offshore wave height. Using video imagery from Egmond, Isaac has explored alongshore variability in swash characteristics during a low- and high-energy wave event and related the observed variability to factors such as beach slope and the amount of wave dissipation seaward of the swash zone. Please come and join his MSc presentation tomorrow at 09:15 in room Zonneveld 027!

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Field campaign Sand Motor 2014

From 15 september until the end of October, the Coastal Research Group of Utrecht University is participating in the MegaPEX2014 field campaign at the Sand Motor. The Sand Motor is a mega-nourishment constructed in 2011 in an attempt to find more sustainable ways to maintain the Dutch coastline in the future. During the MegaPEX2014 campaign, an interdisciplinary and international team of researchers will be collecting data on hydrodynamics, morphodynamics, hydrology, aeolian processes and ecology. In the course of the coming six weeks the researchers will maintain a blog. On which they will provide insight into their field activities and will tell you how their research contributes to a better understanding of our dynamic coastal area. Their blog posts can also be followed on our Facebook page.