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., Nepf, H. M. , Hulscher, S. J. M. H. , & Borsje, B. W. (2023). Flume experiments of sediment resuspension in wetland vegetation under wave-current conditions. Abstract from American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2023, San Francisco, California, United States.
van Veelen, T. J., Nepf, H. M. , Hulscher, S. J. M. H. , & Borsje, B. W. (2023). Understanding sediment deposition in salt marsh vegetation through flume experiments with wave-current conditions. In R. Tinocco, V. Prasad, H. You, Y. Luo, C. Salas, & T. Shukla (Eds.), RCEM 2023 Book of Abstracts (pp. 95). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
van Veelen, T. J., Karunarathna, H., & Reeve, D. E. (2023). The Role of Vegetation Flexibility in Wave Attenuation. In V. Sriram, T. Stoesser, S. Yan, & K. Murali (Eds.), In Hydrodynamics of Wave-Vegetation Interactions (Vol. 14, pp. 121-141). (Advances in Coastal and Ocean Engineering; Vol. 14). World Scientific Press. https://doi.org/10.1142/13619
Bennett, W. G., Horrillo-Caraballo, J. M., Fairchild, T. P. , van Veelen, T. J., & Karunarathna, H. (2023). Saltmarsh vegetation alters tidal hydrodynamics of small estuaries. Applied ocean research, 138, Article 103678. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apor.2023.103678
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.
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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