Arnold Van Rooijen

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  • The University of Western Australia (M470), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Arnold is a Coastal Engineer / Oceanographer and Forrest Foundation Prospect Fellow with over 10 years of experience in physical and numerical modelling of coastal hydro- and morphodynamic processes. His research focuses on better understanding and improving predictions of coastal physical processes (e.g. ocean waves, currents, sediment transport) along coastlines with marine ecosystems such as salt marshes, seagrass meadows, coral reefs and mangroves. In particular, Arnold is interested in quantifying the capacity of marine ecosystems as well as bio-engineered structures in providing protection against coastal hazards such as flooding and erosion. 

Research interests

  • Coastal engineering
  • Coastal hydro- and morphodynamics
  • Nearshore oceanography / coastal processes
  • Beach and dune erosion
  • Coastal processes in and around marine ecosystems (e.g. mangroves, seagrass, shellfish reefs, salt marsh)
  • Ecosystem-based protection against coastal hazards
  • Natural and nature-based features for coastal protection
  • Physical and numerical modelling

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Coastal Engineering / Oceanography, PhD, Wave and current induced flows in aquatic vegetation canopies, The University of Western Australia

29 Oct 201514 Oct 2019

Award Date: 13 Dec 2019

Coastal Engineering, MSc, Modeling sediment transport in the swash zone, Delft University of Technology

1 Sept 200819 Aug 2011

Award Date: 19 Aug 2011

Civil Engineering, BSc, Delft University of Technology

1 Sept 200531 Aug 2011

Award Date: 31 Aug 2008

External positions

Coastal oceanographer, Deltares

11 Sept 201129 Feb 2020

Research expertise keywords

  • Nearshore waves and currents
  • coastal processes
  • coastal engineering
  • Biophysical interactions in marine systems
  • Ecosystem-based coastal protection
  • Sediment transport processes
  • beach morphodynamics
  • Numerical modelling of coastal processes


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