Title: Extending Lorentz’ network model for the Dutch Wadden Sea

Abstract for the presentation

Between 1918 and 1926 the State Committee on the Zuiderzee – chaired by Nobel laurate H.A. Lorentz – investigated the hydrodynamic effects of damming the Dutch Zuiderzee ahead of the prospected construction of the so-called Afsluitdijk. They developed a network model based on the governing equations of fluid flow, rather than on empirical relationships in order to assess the effects of the closure dam on the water motions in the Wadden Sea. Inspired by this approach we built a network model to simulate storm surges in the Dutch Wadden Sea, to learn more about the transient behaviour of storm surges.