dr. T.J. van Veelen (Thomas)


About Me

Welcome to my profile. I am a postdoc in the Marine and Fluvial Systems research group. My research interests include tidal sandbanks, marine bedforms, nature-based coastal defences, and coastal flood risk modelling. I focus on advancing the UT research portfolio on the evolution of tidal sandbanks. Previously, I have obtained a PhD on the coastal protection services of salt marshes with flexible vegetation at Swansea University, UK. I have also worked as a consultant on hydrodynamic models at Nelen & Schuurmans.  


Earth & Environmental Sciences
Sand Extraction
Wave Attenuation


van Veelen, T. J. , Roos, P. C. , & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2023). On elevation and migration: a model for sandbank dynamics in sediment-scarce seas. In A. Valance, T. Garlan, A. Crave, & A. Gangloff (Eds.), MARID VII, 7th International Conference on Marine and River Dune Dynamics 2023 (pp. 321-325). University of Rennes 1.
van Veelen, T. J. , Roos, P. C. , & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2022). Sandbanks on non-erodible layers: Grow or go?. 66-66. Abstract from NCK Days 2022, Enschede, Netherlands.
Other Contributions

van Veelen, T.J., Karunarathna, H. & Reeve, D. E. (2021) Modelling wave attenuation by quasi-flexible coastal vegetation. Coastal Engineering, 164, 103820.



van Veelen, T.J., Fairchild, T.P., Reeve, D. E. & Karunarathna, H. (2020) Experimental study on vegetation flexibility as control parameter for wave damping and velocity structure. Coastal Engineering, 157, 103648. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2020.103648


Bennett, W.G., van Veelen, T.J., Fairchild, T.P., Griffin, J.N. & Karunarathna, H. (2020) Computational modelling of the impacts of salt marsh management interventions on hydrodynamics of a small macro-tidal estuary. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 8(5), 373.



van Veelen, T.J., Roos, P.C. & Hulscher, S.J.M.H. (2018) Process-based modelling of bank-breaking mechanisms of tidal sandbanks. Continental Shelf Research, 167, 139-152. https://doi.org/10.1016/ j.csr.2018.04.007

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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
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands