12 September 2019 – The Mud Motor. A beneficial use of dredged sediment to enhance salt marsh development. 

An innovative approach to beneficially re-use dredged sediment to enhance salt marsh development was tested by a ‘Mud Motor’. A Mud Motor is a dredged sediment disposal method in which a semi-continuous source of mud in a shallow tidal channel allows natural processes to disperse sediment to nearby mudflats and salt marshes.


Erik van Eekelen

Erik studied at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, where he graduated as MSc (2007) on the subject of dynamic behaviour of dredging plumes of TSHDs. He then joined the environmental engineering department of Van Oord, working worldwide on the full range of environmental aspects of their projects, such as Eco-Design/BwN, stakeholder engagement, protection of marine fauna and turbidity monitoring and management. Currently he is Lead Engineer of that department. For Van Oord he is part of the Management Team of the EcoShape consortium that develops knowledge via pilots and research on the topic of Building with Nature.


Dr. Martin Baptist

Martin is a marine ecologist with a PhD in civil engineering, interested in the harmonisation of human use with natural processes. He applies his knowledge on nature conservation, engineering and monitoring to complex environmental and spatial issues. He is a renowned expert on the interaction between infrastructural works and ecology in coastal environments and is a leading scientist in the field of Building with Nature. He is presently a Senior Scientist Marine Ecology at Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

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