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Prediction of Aggregated-scale Coastal Evolution

Objective



The PACE project has the objective to validate, improve and extend engineers'and scientists' capabilities to understand and reliably predict the large-scale morphological behaviour of sandy coasts and to bring this product closer to the end users (coastal zone managers, public dicision makers). To that end, coastal morphodynamic processes are observed, analysed and modelled at scales much larger than those of the predominant variations of the system's input and its constituent hydrodynamic and sediment transport processes. Four interwoven avenues will be followed to achieve these goals, viz. - "data-driven modelling", trying to describe the observed coastal behaviour in mathematical terms without going into the underlying dynamics, - analysis of the morphodynamic system's inherent stability, i.e. its tendency to form rhythmic morphological features, - "upscaling" from detailed descriptions of waves, currents and sediment transport in interaction with the changing bed topography, - qualitative modelling, meant to provide convincing information to lay people involved in decision-making processes concerning coastal zone management.
The project builds upon the knowledge of detailed physical processes which has been developed in MAST-I, MAST-II and similar programmes, on the world's best long-term data and on a worldwide network which provides links with a number of similar research projects in Australia, the U.S.A. and Poland. Thus it brings together a large part of the world's most prominent researchers in thiS field, giving them access to each others models, to the data they need and to a number of end users of their knowledge.
It involves more than 50 senior researchers and a similar number of junior researchers from 17 institutes in European countries and Australia. The basic working units are five "Topics", dealing with
l) decadal scale modelling,
2) very-large-scale modelling (centuries and more),
3) the analysis and prediction of large-scale bar and sandbank systems, 4) tidal-inlet submodels for models of barrier-island coasts and 5) the link with the end users.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE
Address
5,Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Netherlands

Participants (17)

Centre Internacional d'Investigacio dels Recursos Costaners
Spain
Address
S/n,c/gran Capita
08034 Barcelona
H R Wallingford Group Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Howberry Park
OX10 8BA Wallingford
Lund University
Sweden
Address
1,
221 00 Lund
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Queensway
EN3 4SF Enfield
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT PUBLIC WORKS AND WATER MANAGEMENT
Netherlands
Address
Kortenaerkade 1
2500 EX Den Haag ('S-gravenhage)
Novosibirsk State University
Russia
Address
4,Universitetski
630090 Novosibirsk
Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht
Netherlands
Address
4,Budapestlaan
3584 CD Utrecht
Sogreah Ingenierie SNC
France
Address
6,Rue De La Lorraine
38130 Echirolles
Stichting Waterloopkundig Laboratorium
Netherlands
Address
28,Voorsterweg
8300 AD Emmeloord
TECNOMARE SPA - SOCIETA PER LO SVILUPPO DELLE TECNOLOGIE MARINE
Italy
Address
San Marco 3584
30124 Venezia
Technische Universiteit Delft
Netherlands
Address
1,Stevinweg
2628 CN Delft
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TRE
Italy
Address
Largo San Leonardo Murialdo, 1
00146 Roma
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Address
1-3,Calle Jordi Girona Salgado 1-3 Campus Nord - Modùl
08034 Barcelona
University of Liverpool
United Kingdom
Address
Abercromby Square
L69 3BX Liverpool
University of Sydney
Australia
Address

2006 Sydney
Università degli Studi di Genova
Italy
Address
Via Montallegro 1
16145 Genova
Woodward-Clyde Limnos SA
Spain
Address
168,Bruc
08037 Barcelona