The challenge

Coastal geomorphology, which includes physical and sedimentary processes, plays an important role in understanding the interaction between human activities and the changing landforms of our rivers, estuaries, coasts and offshore areas. Its understanding provides a vital part of the baseline environmental condition upon which you will make meaningful, objective and effective decisions about future management of your coast, estuary or marine area.

Our solution

At Royal HaskoningDHV, we strive to adopt Nature Driven Design which can only be implemented when the natural coastal processes and dynamics are fully understood. We are leaders in this field with worldwide experience in the study of complex geomorphological processes across a wide range of coastal environments. Our geomorphology team and senior support group provides you with a dedicated service in coastal, estuarine and tidal river geomorphology and associated disciplines to enable interpretation of landforms and assessment of behaviour.

These include services in seven key areas:

  • shoreline behaviour/evolution and options for management;
  • geomorphological impacts of coastal engineering structures;
  • coastal erosion and its mitigation;
  • habitat creation design and management including beneficial reuse of sediment;
  • sea-level rise and adaptation strategies;
  • morphological monitoring of coastal environments; and
  • training courses and bespoke guidance.


Our experience

We offer coastal geomorphology and processes services to support the following sectors in design and consenting.

  • Offshore Renewables: a wide range of services including coastal and marine processes investigations and modelling, scour assessments, analysis and interpretation of shoreline and sea bed monitoring, and effects of climate change.
  • Port Development and Dredging: conceptual geomorphological appraisal combined with numerical modelling techniques to optimise port and approach channel design and minimise environmental effects.
  • Coastal Structures: geomorphological impacts of breakwaters, jetties, groynes, land-claim and other coastal structures to enable sustainable development solutions.
  • Managed Realignment: an integrated approach to realise management realignment from concept to reality including environmental impact assessment, hydrodynamic and hydraulic modelling, flood risk management, and climate change and adaptation.
  • Coastal Management: understanding coastal processes to inform sustainable coastal management policies and approaches that enable focused and appropriate investment decisions