About Anouk de Bakker

Anouk de Bakker joined Deltares in 2019, where she has since worked on various projects related to coastal system understanding, hazards as erosion and flooding, and coastal management. For example, since her start at Deltares she was co-project leader on the extensive PROGEP and SERRP projects that propose a sustainable, long-term strategy to mitigate flood and erosion risk in the Saint-Louis city and region.

Anouk obtained her PhD in 2016 at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, on the dynamics of infragravity waves; ocean waves that are particularly important for beach dynamics during storms. She has now over 10 years of experience in the field of coastal dynamics, and has worked on detailed studies of hydrodynamics, sediment transport and morphodynamics of beach environments, tidal inlets and river deltas.

To study coastal systems, she makes use of detailed field- and laboratory experiments and employs state-of-the-art numerical modeling systems. For example, she played a large role in the extensive renewal of the Dutch national storm impact assessment method for the Dutch government (RWS). The core of this assessment method was replaced by the XBeach numerical model, that predicts the impact of storms on beaches and dunes and explicitly integrates the behavior of infragravity waves. Furthermore, Anouk is involved in the ShorelineS-TKI to develop a numerical model that predicts coastline evolution over the timescale of decades. She is also involved in several monitoring projects of intertidal flats in the Eastern and Western Scheldt.

Working experience

  1. Deltares

    Advisor / Researcher in coastal morphodynamics

  2. Université de La Rochelle, France

    Post-doctoral researcher

  3. Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands

    PhD candidate


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