Bureau Waardenburg
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4101 CK Culemborg
the Netherlands
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Effect studies in marine environments

For many countries, the sea represents an important component of their ecosystems. The sea is a source for both food and energy, as well as being important for transport. The sea hosts a range of human activities, from fishing, shipping, platforms and wind farms. In some area land is reclaimed and entire harbours are built.

These activities have an impact on the marine environment and its ecology. These potential impacts can be assessed, which sometimes is a requirement under national or international legislations. Bureau Waardenburg has experience in assessing the effects of activities on the ecology of marine ecosystems.

Our experience

As far back as the 1970s our founder and director Hans Waardenburg was an advisor for the delta works in the south of the Netherlands. Since then we have built up an experienced team of marine ecologists, professional divers, marine mammal experts, seabird specialists, who can carry out monitoring projects in marine environments.

Our team includes members certified as professional divers, to carry out work in the offshore industry, boat handling and as marine mammal observers. We use various underwater cameras to make life under the water accessible to our clients. Examples of recent projects include:

  • monitoring of organisms growing on offshore wind turbines;
  • assessments of the seabed in the in Dutch Voordelta, Zeeuwse Bank and North Sea;
  • research into seals at resting places in the Dutch North Sea coast and Voordelta;
  • research into marine mammals and birds at offshore platforms;
  • research into the deoxygenation in the Dutch delta (de Grevelingen);
  • research into exotic species in lake Oostvoornse in the Netherlands;
  • surveys of vegetation and seaweed communities along dykes in the Oosterschelde and Westerschelde.