Floods cause more and more damage every year, as the world’s population increases and sea levels rise. Flood protection is often associated with dams and levees. However, aquatic vegetation, like willows and mangroves, offer a great complementary way to protect people and their livelihoods. Aquatic trees can shelter dikes from wave action, reducing their required dimensions, and thus their costs. Moreover, wetlands provide important functions such as carbon sequestration.
Integrating wetlands and dikes requires tools to predict the protective effect of aquatic trees, which are yet lacking. Within the Woody project we aim to help woodland vegetation become a standard flood protection measure in the same way we use structures like dikes. Our work builds up on the Wood versus Waves project, where real trees we exposed to waves in the large-scale flume of Deltares, and which proved their large protective role.
During the next years we will regularly post updates of our research in the blog, and you can also learn more about us on the team section. We hope you enjoy our website, and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, and/or ideas to collaborate :).