Jan studied at the University of Ghent and graduated as a naval architect in 1994. Since 2007, he has helped develop projects around the world that fall outside the classic canon of marine construction and whose result relies on the symbiosis of different disciplines. As such, he maintains close relations with experts, consultants, universities and manages several innovation projects.
Articles By Jan Fordeyn
Today’s challenges of erosion, flooding and storm surges are primary concerns for coastal communities around the world. Traditional coastal engineering solutions, such as concrete seawalls or rock breakwaters however, will become unsustainable due to their limited resilience, higher costs, societal impacts and unwanted ecological side effects. In response to these challenges, Coastbusters developed a nature-based solutions approach to sustainable coastal management. These solutions will create new habitats based on known ‘biobuilder species’ in the form of biogenic coastal reefs. The purpose of the reefs is to induce natural accretion of sand, attenuate storm waves and reinforce the foreshore against coastal erosion, thus adding to coastal protection.DOWNLOAD PDF Document | 5,86 MB
This study examines which and, if possible, how much more ecosystem services are provided by the most recent nature inspired coastal protection project Prins Hendrik Zanddijk, in comparison with a traditional concrete and asphalt construction.DOWNLOAD PDF Document | 1,38 MB