Dredging & the environment

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General information

This course gives a challenging view of the upcomming dredging and marine works and their ineraction with the environment. Based on a series of illustrative running projects, the actual picture of the negative environmental impacts of dredging activities is shifted towards and inviting and inspiring search for global solutions and added value for the project's ecosystem.

In order to get familiar with dredging works, a basic understanding of dredging techniques and their processes is presented. From this general introduction on dredging equipment, an overview of both operational and the technical opportunities to set up and realize a marine dredging is given.

Next to the dredging operations which alter the environment, a second part of the course identifies the environmental aspects related to marine works such as turbidity, underwater sound or water quality. Focus is initially oriented towards a fundamental insight in the eco-process itself, rather than deploying a straightforward dredging impact assessment. However, dredging-induced effects are clearly specified and described as a base for environmental manangement in the marine world.

Bringing together these two main building blocks (dredging equipment & environmental aspects) creates a full challenge to surpass the traditional mitigation measures and defensive compliance monitoring. Through operational project examples, illustrative perspectives are indicated on how to engage nature values in dredging works. As such, smart combinations of dredging and environment - based on a better interactive understanding - induce both a mutual profit and sustainable solutions for global challenges.

Contact Person: Dr. Ing. Marc Huygens (huygens.marc@deme-group.com)


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Venue: Ghent University, Campus Sterre building S8
Gent, Belgium

Buiding S8, meeting room Marine Biology, ground floor A-wing
Krijgslaan 281
9000 Gent


Open from
1 Mar 2016 to 18 Apr 2016




Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning

Qualification: Graduate Diploma

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