Goal of the platform
The goal of the platform
is to provide networking and stimulate interaction between researchers in
the field of biogeomorphology.
Within the platform ongoing and new
research issues are discussed from the viewpoint of potential co-operation
in joint projects and sharing of knowledge and resources. The platform
furthermore discusses issues related to student teaching and
Activities of the platform
The platform organises thematic
meetings, related to research issues in fresh, brackish and marine
systems. Effort will be made to elaborate the relevance of
biogeomorphology to end-users and to define research needs for issues in
relation to ecosystem management.
The platform consists at
of many Netherlands research institutes and end-users. The platform
is not per definition limited to Dutch organizations and welcomes input of
other interested parties.
NCK & NCR
The Biogeomorphology Platform has
been founded in December 2003 by Delft University of Technology and WL |
Delft Hydraulics. Since January 2009 the platform is part of the
and NCR, the Dutch co-operations between
research institutes and universities in the fields of coastal
research (NCK) and river research (NCR).
Biogeomorphology is the study of the interaction between
geomorphological features and organisms. See:
Definition in Marbefwiki
is a relatively new discipline within the study of water systems. This
discipline combines ecology and geomorphology. Geomorphology is the study
of landforms and their formation. Ecology is the study of the
relationships between organisms and their environment. The environment can
be defined as factors that affect organisms. These factors can be abiotic
(physical, chemical), biotic (other organisms) or anthropogenic
Research in The
Netherlands biogeomorphology related research is executed in the field, in
laboratory facilities and includes development of mathematical models.
Main areas of
Modelling-, field- and experimental study on biogeomorphology of
Fieldwork on the interaction of saltmarshes with currents,
waves and sediment transport.
in the North Sea on relations between organisms and the seabed.
Experiments on interactions of waves and currents with aquatic
development on flow, wave patterns affected by
development on sediment transport and sediment composition in relation
to vegetation and biological (de)stabilizers of the