Dirk Vrebos

Dirk is a biologist by training and since 2009 has worked at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. In his doctoral thesis, he investigated relationships between land use, water quality and ecosystem services within a river basin in Flanders. Over the past 10 years, he has analysed, within national and international projects, the effects of policy and management on the delivery of ecosystem services in Flanders, Europe and Africa.

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Articles By Dirk Vrebos

The Smartsediment tool: a QGIS plug-in for evaluating ecosystems services

Managing sediments, especially from dredging, is important for the management of estuaries and coastal areas. When implemented in the right way, a sediment management strategy can be qualified as a nature-based solution as it uses the physical processes of erosion and sedimentation to create added value. There is a need for an evaluation of sediment strategies and the habitats that are created for a wider range of objectives than only biodiversity and nature conservation. The concept of ecosystem services provides this broader framework.

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