dr.ir. J.H. Damveld (Johan)


About Me

  • 2020-... Postdoctoral researcher Marine Dynamics
  • 2015-2020 PhD-candidate, University of Twente. Assessing the effect of human interventions on sand waves using biogeomorphological models.
  • 2013-2015 MSc Civil Engineering (Water Engineering and Management), University of Twente
  • 2007-2013 BSc Civil Engineering, University of Twente


Earth & Environmental Sciences
Grain Size
Sand Wave
Wave Height



Shallow coastal seas are subject to an increasing pressure by offshore operations, such as sand mining and the construction and operation of offshore infrastructure. The seabed topography, seabed life, sediment dynamics and hydrodynamics form a coupled system. When disturbed, this system needs time to recover. Anthropogenic disturbances will affect the (local) ecosystem, which in turn will affect the sediment-water interaction and the potential of the seabed to store fine sediments. Consequently, the potential of the system for recovery may be affected.

The SANDBOX programme is focused on a better understanding of the functioning and stability of the coupled system during the lifetime of the offshore operation. This requires integration of knowledge from ecology, geomorphology and fine sediment dynamics.

Within this subproject we aim to come up with an idealised model for sandwaves coupled with benthic organisms giving insight in the dynamics of this system, as well as a more complex numerical model which can be applied in practical cases. The intended overall goal of the programme is to use the Delft3D sandwave-biology model to develop the concept of ecological landscaping in marine environments.


Van Der Reijden, K. J., Govers, L. L., Koop, L. , Damveld, J. H., Herman, P. M. J., Mestdagh, S., Piet, G., Rijnsdorp, A. D., Dinesen, G. E., Snellen, M., & Olff, H. (2021). Beyond connecting the dots: A multi-scale, multi-resolution approach to marine habitat mapping. Ecological indicators, 128, 107849. [107849]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.107849
Damveld, J., Porcile, G., Blondeaux, P. , & Roos, P. (2021). Nonlinear dynamics of sand waves in sediment scarce environments. Abstract from EGU General Assembly 2021, Online. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-16019
Other Contributions
  • MSc thesis The effects of multiple retention basins on the hydrodynamics in convergent tidal channels.
  • BSc thesis Onderzoek naar de opbolling van grondwater onder wegen.

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Fluid Mechanics 1

Mathematical Physics of Water Systems

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W211
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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