Marcel van Gent


Marcel van Gent holds MSc and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the TU Delft. In 1995 he obtained his PhD degree in 1995 on wave interaction with permeable coastal structures. In 1995 he started at Deltares where he became head of the department Coastal Structures & Waves. Since 2020 he joined the TU Delft again as professor of Coastal Structures (part-time).

Marcel van Gent is associate editor of the well-known scientific journal ‘Coastal Engineering’.


His research is focussed on Coastal Structures, with a particular interest in climate adaptation of coastal structures using physical modelling in laboratory facilities, numerical modelling of wave interaction with coastal structures, and machine learning techniques.

Educational Activities

Contributions to courses in breakwaters, bed, bank and shore protection (CIE5308 and CIE4310).

Marcel van Gent also guides MSc students for their MSc thesis (CIE5060).

Key Publications

Van Gent, M.R.A. (2019), Climate adaptation of coastal structures, Keynote in Proc. Applied Coastal Research (SCACR 2019), Bari, Italy.

Van Gent, M.R.A., H.F.P. van den Boogaard, B. Pozueta and J.R. Medina (2007), Neural network modelling of wave overtopping at coastal structures, Elsevier, Coastal Engineering, 54, 586-593.

Van Gent, M.R.A. (2001), Wave run-up on dikes with shallow foreshores, ASCE, Journal of Waterways, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 127-5, 254-262.

Van Gent, M.R.A. (2021), Influence of oblique wave attack on wave overtopping at caisson breakwaters with sea and swell conditions, Elsevier, Coastal Engineering, 164,

Den Bieman, J.P., M.R.A. van Gent and H.F.P. van den Boogaard (2021), Wave overtopping predictions using an advanced machine learning technique, Elsevier, Coastal Engineering,

Van Gent, M.R.A. (1995), Porous flow though rubble mound material. ASCE, J. of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 121-3, 176-181.

Van Gent, M.R.A., and I.M. van der Werf (2019), Influence of oblique wave attack on wave overtopping and wave forces on rubble mound breakwater crest walls, Elsevier, Coastal Engineering, 151, 78-96,

Van Gent, M.R.A., J.S.M. van Thiel de Vries, E.M. Coeveld, J.H. de Vroeg and J. van de Graaff (2008), Large-scale dune erosion tests to study the influence of wave periods, Elsevier, Coastal Engineering, 55, 041-1051.

Marcel van Gent

Professor of Coastal Structures

Availability: Wednesdays

Secondary company: Deltares


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