ir. D.W. Poppema (Daan)

About Me

I did my bachelor in Civil Engineering at the University of Twente, with a bachelor assigment on urban strom water management in Guadalajara, Mexico. As a master I did Water Engineering and Management at the UT, with a master thesis on salt marsh establishment at Deltares and the NIOZ. Currently I am doing a PhD. As part of the ShoreScape project, I look at the influence of buildings along the coast on dune development.


Earth & Environmental Sciences
Dune Formation
Field Experiment


This PhD project focuses on effects of the built environment on dune development. In the Netherlands and many other places dunes provide protection against flooding. To sustainable offer protection dunes need an influx of sediment, especially in a situation with sea level rise. Simultaneously, the beach and dune are very attractive for humans to recreate and settle. Therefore holiday homes and beach pavilions are (desired to be) built on the beach and in the dunes. These buildings influence sediment transport and morphology and thereby shape dune development. Knowledge on this interaction is essential for future spatial planning decisions on the beach. Therefore, the ShoreScape projects aims to the develop knowledge, tools and design principles for dynamic occupation of the land-sea interface.

To develop these tools and design principles, more knowledge on the effect of buildings on dune development is needed. Therefore, this PhD aims to understand and model how hard structures affect Aeolian (windblown) sediment flows and dune development. A part of my research will be to use scale experiments on the beach to determine and validate the erosion/deposition patterns of various building lay-outs. Furthermore, I will use this information to include beach-dune-building interaction in (cellular automata) models and use them to model the long-term evolution of the coastal landscape.


Poppema, D. W., Baas, A. C. W. , Hulscher, S. J. M. H. , & Wijnberg, K. M. (2022). Modelling sediment dynamics around buildings in a cellular automation model. 44-44. Abstract from NCK Days 2022, Enschede, Netherlands.
Poppema, D. W. (2022). Morphological effects of buildings in a sandy beach environment. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036553520
van Bergen, J., Mulder, J., Nijhuis, S. , Poppema, D. W. , Wijnberg, K. M., & Kuschnerus, M. (2021). Urban dunes: Towards BwN design principles for dune formation along urbanized shores. In J. van Bergen, S. Nijhuis, N. Brand, & M. Hertogh (Eds.), Building with Nature perspectives: Cross-disciplinary BwN approaches in coastal regions (pp. 101-128). (Research in Urbanism Series; Vol. 7). TU Delft open. https://doi.org/10.47982/rius.7.130
Wijnberg, K. , Poppema, D. , Mulder, J., van Bergen, J. , Campmans, G. , Galiforni-Silva, F. , Hulscher, S. , & Pourteimouri, P. (2021). Beach-dune modelling in support of Building with Nature for an integrated spatial design of urbanized sandy shores. In J. van Bergen, S. Nijhuis, N. Brand, & M. Hertogh (Eds.), Building with Nature perspectives: Cross-disciplinary BwN approaches in coastal regions (pp. 241-259). (Research in Urbanism Series; Vol. 7). TU Delft open. https://doi.org/10.47982/rius.7.136
Poppema, D. , Wijnberg, K., Mulder, J. , & Hulscher, S. (2020). The effect of building geometry on aeolian deposition and erosion patterns: a field experiment. In P. Lynett (Ed.), Proceedings of virtual Conference on Coastal Engineering, 2020 (International Conference Proceedings of Coastal Engineering; Vol. 36). https://doi.org/10.9753/icce.v36v.sediment.21

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I am involved in teaching in the following courses:

  • Marine Dynamics: supervision of tutorials
  • Short Waves: supervision of tutorials
  • Fluid Mechanics 2018: supervision of practical

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University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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