Marcel Taal

Marcel works in the Resilience and Planning division of the Marine and Coastal Systems unit of Deltares. He has over 20 years experience in providing knowledge on coasts and estuaries to policy and management in the Netherlands. He manages the implementation and also develops, together with representatives of the Dutch government, national knowledge programmes for the Dutch coast and the Scheldt estuary. Marcel previously worked for the Dutch government for six years, where, amongst others, he led the coastline management programme.

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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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