Uncovering inherent dynamics in coupled bio-geomorphodynamic systems offshore
07 / 2007 - onbekend
PROJECT AIM: On the bed of the North Sea sand waves are present, which grow up to 25% of the water depth and migrate at a speed of tens of meters per year. These sand waves can pose a hazard to offshore constructions, navigation, pipelines and telecommunication cables. On the other hand, bed forms can protect the coastline against storms. The bottom of the North Sea is also covered by a great number of organisms live in and on the bottom of the sea. These organisms try to optimize their habitat, resulting in bio-geomorphological interactions. The precise interaction between the biological activity and geomorphodynamics is not known at this moment. Such knowledge is of great interest for reliable long-term geomorphodynamic predictions, especially in marine environments with large biological activities.