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Ecosystem Management

KPP Schelde estuary 01/07/2018 - 31/12/2018

Abstract

Deltares has been commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management to carry out work for the project "KPP 2018 - WN01 Scheldt estuary" with project number 11202233. Deltares wants to engage a third party to support the main project: Expert support for the discipline Water quality and ecology in general. The expert support includes attending and actively supporting team and workgroup sessions. The support can include the following aspects: giving presentations at a work session, leading workshop sessions about water quality, revision of texts or feedback on specific questions as a result of a work session.

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Freshwater march and tidal flat development behind the dikes due to a reduced tide. 01/10/2004 - 30/09/2005

Abstract

The Schelde estuary, characterised as a turbid, polluted and very eutrofic system, has nowadays reached a turning point in the restoration of its water quality. During the past century, human activities have reduced the intertidal areas, essential in the estuarine ecosystem for nutrient cycling and the self-cleaning capacity. Today, in combination with a master plan to protect the population from storm surges, an opportunity rises to recreate areas with a tidal influence. One specific option of combining safety and ecology is the creation of controlled inundation areas (CIA) under influence of a controlled reduced tide (CRT). These specific areas will differ in many ways from fully tidal areas. However, these areas can fulfil important ecological functions. The ecological development of a CRT will be investigated in the 10 ha big study area Lippenbroek. This former polder area will be turned into a small CIA-CRT to test this new concept.

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