Svašek Hydraulics

Coastal, harbour and river engineering consultants

 
EXPECTED BED DEVELOPMENT HEDWIGEPOLDER
IN CASE OF PERMANENT INUNDATION

CLIENT
    Miedas Juridisch Advies

LOCATION
    Hedwigepolder, Netherlands
    Prosperpolder, Belgium

DATE
    2013

SERVICES
    Morphological modelling,
    Sand-silt interaction,
    FINEL2D



The Dutch government has decided in December 2012 to permanently inundate the Hedwigepolder on the border of the Western Scheldt. A model study on the morphological development of the Hedwigepolder after inundation has been performed.

The model simulations are performed by means of the numerical flow model FINEL2D, in which both the sand and silt fraction are included. The model is recently calibrated and validated on multiannual morphological developments of the Western Scheldt.

The results of the model simulations show that the Hedwigepolder and the adjacent Prosperpolder are subject to significant sedimentation. The contribution of the silt fraction is by far the largest. The sedimentation speed is according to the model such that half of the polders have after 20 years reached a height above the mean high water level. By performing simulations with different parameter settings, a band width in the sedimentation speed is created.

Because the siltation is still ongoing after 20 years, the outlined view of the polders does not show the final situation, but a development stage of the polders only. Reduction of intertidal area and increasing bed levels will continue until the polder has been filled completely.

In the right panel a video is available (Dutch only) of a news item in EenVandaag giving attention to our results.

The right panel also shows a YouTube video of the modelled bed level development in the Hedwigepolder.