Samuel Van Ackere is PhD student at the Department of Geography since the end of 2015. His research focuses on the risk of coastal flooding and the impact of wave overtopping during extreme storms on structures, buildings and people. Low-elevation coastal areas are vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise and an increased frequency and severity of storm surge events due to climate change. Therefore, his project aims at finding adaptive solutions that increase the resilience of these zones. His project focuses on creating a socio-economic impact assessment tool which models and estimates this risk and provides evacuation maps.