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Dr Barend van Maanen PhD

Research Fellow

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Barend van Maanen is interested in coastal processes and geomorphology and he has a specific interest in the evolution of coastal systems and their response to environmental change.

Barend obtained a MSc-degree in Earth Sciences in 2007 from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. After his MSc, he undertook a PhD at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research (NIWA) in New Zealand. His PhD topic concerned the development of a numerical model to simulate the long-term morphological evolution of tidal embayments. Barend obtained his PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Waikato in 2011.

From 2011 to 2013, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Bordeaux where he applied a 3-dimensional model to investigate hydrodynamics and sediment transport processes in the Gironde Estuary (located in southwest France). Barend joined the University of Southampton in March 2013 to work as a Research Fellow on the iCOASST project. This project aims to improve our capability to predict decadal and regional scale coastal change and will support erosion and flood risk management.




Research interests

  • Coastal processes
  • Coastal morphology
  • Biomorphodynamics
  • Sea level rise impacts
  • Numerical modelling

UK coasts are subject to widespread erosion and further threatened due to climate change, especially sea-level rise. Coastal management now requires predictions of coastal evolution up to 100 years in the future. This leads to the challenge of predicting coastal geomorphic behaviour at decadal timescales. The iCOASST project addresses this challenge with the overall aim of advancing our ability to predict decadal and regional scale morphodynamic change on the open coast and in the estuaries of the UK.

Cliffs along the Suffolk coast
Defence structures in Suffolk
Dunes in the Liverpool Bay area
Field trip to Liverpool Bay

Research group

Energy and Climate Change

Affiliate research group

Coastal Engineering and Management

Research project(s)

iCOASST - integrating coastal sediment systems


Dr Barend van Maanen
Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ Email: Phone: +44 (0)2380 592651

Room Number:25/3061

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