Bregje Van Wesenbeeck

Dr. Bregje van Wesenbeeck is an expert advisor on nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based adaptation at Deltares and an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology. She has provided advice on flood risk reduction, erosion mitigation and climate change adaptation in amongst others Indonesia, Tonga, Kiribati, the Philippines, the Netherlands and USA. She possesses unique knowledge of both green and grey intervention strategies as she has affinity with both ecology and civil engineering. She wrote guidelines for implementation of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for flood risk reduction for the World Bank and on natural river management for the Asian Development Bank. Her research focusses on mangrove restoration and on testing NbS, such as marshes, floodplain forests and mangroves, under extreme wave conditions in one of the largest wave flumes in the world at Deltares. This experimental work is used to improve numerical models to increase reliability and predictability of NbS functioning. Her works is a unique combination of strengthening the scientific foundations and furthering practical application of nature-based solutions. She is invited to present her work on many international conferences and workshops and has a still growing publication list in peer-reviewed journals.

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