Marcel Taal

Coastal and estuarine policy and management

+31 (0)88335 8024

Marcel Taal has an outstanding track record and experience in coastal and estuarine policy and management in the Netherlands. Since more than fifteen years he concentrated on the challenge to link system knowledge and estuarine and coastal management. At present he is working in the section Morphology and Sediment Dynamics of the Unit Marine and Coastal Systems.

He fulfills the role of program manager, a position that he held for over five years now. He shows remarkable qualities in managing complex projects and programs, in the sense that advices are given and knowledge is developed that really match the problems and questions of coastal and estuarine managers and policy makers.

During the six years in which he worked for the Dutch government he was leading the coastline management program, the innovation program for the Dutch coast and was the author of the National Water Management Plan (BPRW 2005-2008). In the four years following, within Deltares he continued this work, but now with the focus on the Scheldt estuary, a region where he already has been successful from 1998-2000. He is now the key player in the research programs for the Scheldt estuary.

Working experience

2008 – Present Deltares Specialist Adviser, Deputy Department Head. Manager of all projects and relations of the Scheldt estuary. Overall coordination of the contract with the Rijkswaterstaat for all Deltares. Advice on estuary management / sediment management.
2005 – 2007 National Institute for Coastal and Marine Management, Rijkswaterstaat Specialist adviser. Leading the coastline management program and the innovation program for the Dutch coast.
2001 – 2005 Road and Hydraulic Institute, Rijkswaterstaat Senior adviser. Planning of maintenance Dutch Water infrastructure, Author of the National Water Management Plan (BPRW 2005-2008).
1996 – 2001 Resource Analysis (Consultancy) Adviser, senior adviser. Long Term Vision for the Scheldt estuary, Policy Analysis, Decision Support Systems, various missions to South-East Africa and Bangladesh.
1989 – 1992 and 1994 – 1996 Stichting Duinbehoud (EUCC), NGO Adviser. Research, project management, lobby, PR related to the conservation of the Dutch Coast.
1992 – 1994 Technical University Delft, faculty of civil engineering Researcher. Hydrodynamics, Water quality and environmental indicators for mangrove forests.