Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface and infrastructure. With experience all over the world, Deltares’ experts combine knowledge with state-of-the-art numerical modelling techniques to provide insight into marine and coastal processes ranging from near-bed to global scale. Deltares’ consultancy work and simulation models are rooted in a clear understanding of how water systems work. Models help making vital predictions concerning matters like flow patterns and quality of groundwater and surface water. How the flow patterns and quality of surface water reacts in relation to newly introduced structures can be simulated using coupled hydrodynamic and water quality models. This can used to support policy-making and management for surface waters around the world.

Role in the Project

Deltares will, together with University of Utrecht (UU), work on optimizing the scale of large-scale floating infrastructure. In this task, as part of work package 3 (Ecology), the environmental impact of floating structures will be assessed in different aquatic ecosystems with the focus on the scale of the structure (relative to the system). The idea is to use numerical models, e.g. 3D numerical- and energy budget-models, to analyze scaling effects on water quality and primary- and secondary productivity. Together with Utrecht University Deltares will supervise a PhD student for this task.