CREST: Climate resilient coast

More than 634 million people, or approximately 8.7% of the world's population, live in low-elevation coastal areas below 10 m. These zones are vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise and an increased frequency and severity of storm surge events due to climate change. This project gains a better understanding of the flood risks along the coast and the impact of wave overtopping during extreme storms on structures, buildings and people. A socio-economic impact assessment tool will be created which models and estimates this risk and provides a guidance for evacuation.

Research units

Staff members


  • KU Leuven, Faculty of Engineering (Prof. dr. ir. Jaak Monbaliu)

  • Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (KBIN) (Dr. Dries Van den Eynde)

  • UGent, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (Prof. dr. ir. Peter Troch)

  • VUB, Faculty of Engineering (Prof. dr. Margaret Chen)

  • Fides Engineering (Koen Trouw)

  • Flanders Marine Institute (Prof. dr. Jan Mees, Youri Meersschaut)

  • Flemish Government (ir. Ellen Maes, Toon Verwaest)

  • International Marine & Dredging Consultants NV (Annelies Bolle)