The focus of my PhD research is on intertidal areas; the lands inundating and drying during the tidal cycle.
Intertidal areas (tidal flats, fringing flats, floodplains, shoals, mudflats, chars in Bengali) are important features in river mouths (estuaries) and other types of tidal environments. Not only because they play a crucial role in providing the feeding grounds for migratory birds, but they have a major control on the way a tidal wave travels in and out of the estuary.
The aim of my research is to establish a profound conceptual understanding on how shallow flows over intertidal areas affect the deformation of the tidal wave, important to understand because of its relevance for sediment transport patterns and eventually the morphological development of estuaries. This conceptual understanding should allow us to better estimate how estuarine systems will respond to changes in intertidal areas as a results of, for example, (de)polderization.