Coastal Engineering, Bridges and Roads



News: How much higher do waves get as sea level rises?

(26-11-2021) Panagiotis Vasarmidis improves wave propagation models in his doctoral research so that wave heights can be better predicted with sea-level rise. Full article here.

News: Will our Belgian coast be sufficiently protected against rising sea levels?

(25-06-2021) Vincent Gruwez wants to contribute to this with his doctoral research ‘Hydrodynamic Modelling of Wave Interactions with Sea Dikes on Shallow Foreshores: A Systematic Approach by Physical and Numerical Modelling'.

News: Seagrass beds for coastal protection and mitigation of climate change impact

(10-03-2021) UGent – with co-supervisors Peter Troch and Vicky Stratigaki - and the Portuguese maritime institute CCMAR receive a VLAIO Baekeland grant for research into the sustainable protection of vulnerable coastal areas.


The Coastal Engineering Research Group of Ghent University is coordinating the new COST Action CA17105 “WECANet: An open pan-European Network for Marine Renewable Energy with a focus on wave energy”, which supports training, networking and collaboration in Europe. This project is funded by the European COST Association and researchers from 31 countries are participating in this network.  

More upcoming events are anounced on the WECANet website!



Blue Accelerator Project

 Ghent University expands further its research and valorization activities related to the Ostend Campus within the framework of the BLUE ACCELERATOR project, whereby testing facilities are realized on/near/off–shore with the aim of creating a Living Lab, based in Ostend, where testing is possible under real sea conditions.

In the BLUE ACCELERATOR project a unique maritime test platform (500 m outside the port) has been built to perform tests in the context of the development of Blue Energy projects (offshore wind energy, wave and tidal energy) and the broader Blue Economy.

The UGent Coastal Engineering Research Group as partner in the new ENCORE Project

Through its Interreg 2 Seas Programme, Europe has awarded €5.9 million to the ENCORE project: Energising Coastal Regions with Offshore Renewable Energy (ENCORE). The Coastal Engineering Research Group of Ghent University is partner in this new project.


2nd COASTAL & OCEAN BASIN SEMINAR  - 6 February 2020

Following the first successful “COB seminar” on October 20th 2017, the consortium UGent – KU Leuven – Flanders Hydraulics Research organised on February 6th 2020 a second seminar focusing on recent innovations in experimental research in a wave tank facility.

The pictures of the event are available on the beeldbank of Ghent University.

The presentations of the speakers can be accessed on the webpage of the 2nd COB Seminar.





On February 27th 2017, the construction of a new maritime laboratory has started at the Ostend Science Park in Ostend.

Ghent University, the Catholic University of Leuven and Flanders Hydraulics Research will use the "Coastal and Ocean wave Basin (COB)"  (dimensions: 30m x 30m x 1,4m) to study the impact of waves, tides and wind on coastal structures and to study Marine Renewable Energy solutions.

On May 15th 2019 the maritime laboratory was officially inaugurated! Press release here.

The COB is planned to be operational in 2022.




Contact information

Ghent University, Department of Civil Engineering
Coastal Engineering, Bridges and Roads

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