To support the management of the environmental impact of large hydraulic engineering and dredging projects in coastal areas, the Flemish IMDC (International Marine and Dredging Consultants) collaborated with VITO. Satellite images show the historical evolution of vegetation and sediment in water. During dredging, they can also be used operationally for impact analysis and to understand the cause of changes in the coastal area.

Sometimes, dredging works need to take place in areas where no historical information is available. By using the satellite images VITO provides, and combining them with our water knowledge and models, we can offer better advice to our clients.
Mark Bollen
Product development manager IMDC