Sebastiaan trained as a marine biologist with a general interest in the interaction between humans and life in and on the seabed. He holds a Bachelor in Biology from the Catholic University of Leuven, Master of Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management from the Free University of Brussels and a Doctor of Marine Sciences from Ghent University. He has since worked at the Royal NIOZ, in Yerseke, the Netherlands where, in addition to the Smartsediment project, he worked for the DISCLOSE project, investigating the soil habitats of the North Sea.
Articles By Sebastiaan Mestdagh
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.