Martin Baptist

Research of Martin Baptist

Martin Baptist is one of the initiators of the Biogeomorphology Platform. He holds an M.Sc. at Wageningen University (1996), and a Ph.D. at Delft University of Technology (2005), on " Modelling Floodplain Biogeomorphology ". He has a broad understanding of the functioning of freshwater as well as marine ecosystems, governing the hydro- and morphodynamics, water quality and ecology. He developed mathematical models to predict the consequences of nature restoration on flow, sediment transport and morphodynamics and he executed flume experiments and field measurements on biogeomorphology.

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Working experience

Martin Baptist has worked for 8 years at WL | Delft Hydraulics as marine ecologist, and for 2 years as assistant professor at Delft University of Technology, Water Resources Section, in the field of water quality modelling, ecohydraulics and biogeomorphology. 
Since October 2006 he chose to work for the Institute of Marine Resources & Ecosystem Studies on Texel. Since March 2008 he holds a 0.2 fte position as lector "Marine Ecosystems Management" at Van Hall Larenstein.

Ph.D. research

Understanding the interactions between the ecosystem and the morphology of river floodplains, i.e. floodplain biogeomorphology, is becoming increasingly important in view of modern river management and climate change. There is a need for predictive models for the natural response of river floodplains to hydraulic measures and river rehabilitation, such as river widening, construction of secondary channels and floodplain lowering. This research investigates floodplain biogeomorphology from a modeller's perspective. It addresses management concepts such as room-for-the-river and cyclic floodplain rejuvenation, in which a symbiosis is sought for between flood management and nature rehabilitation, and it shows how 1-D, 2-D and 3-D numerical models can be used to support them. Its main focus is on one of the knowledge gaps emerging from these model applications, viz. the effect of floodplain vegetation on the bed shear stress and subsequent bedload sediment transport. By means of a combination of theory development, flume experiments and field work, this research has resulted into a number of practically applicable and validated formulations for the hydraulic resistance and bed shear stress reduction of vegetation. These can be applied in large-scale numerical morphodynamic models to better design river measures in combination with nature rehabilitation.

This Ph.D. research was part of the EU funded IRMA-SPONGE programme and  Delft Cluster programme .

 Ph.D. thesis

Baptist, M.J., 2005. Modelling floodplain biogeomorphology. Ph.D. thesis, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, ISBN 90-407-2582-9, 213 pp. Download pdf or order hard copy.

Conference Proceedings and Book sections

Baptist, M.J., W. Silvert, D.L. Angel & P. Krost, 1997. Assessing benthic impacts of fish farming with an expert system based on neural networks. In: Wallace, G.T. & E. F. Braasch (eds.). Proceedings of the Gulf of Maine Ecosystem Dynamics Scientific Symposium and Workshop, Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM) Report, 97-1, p. 313. New Hampshire, USA, 16-19 september 1996. Download.

Baptist, M.J., M.B. de Vries & Z.B. Wang, 1998. Ecomorphological Decision Support System for the Western Scheldt. In: Babovic, V. & L.C. Larsen (eds.), 1998. Hydroinformatics’98. Conference Proceedings. Download.

Baptist, M.J., M.W.M. van der Tol & M. Vonk, 2000. A fuzzy expert system for effects of climate change on the Wadden Sea ecosystem. Conference Proceedings of the Hydroinformatics 2000 Symposium, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. Download.

Baptist, M.J., E.C.M. Ruijgrok & M.B. de Vries, 2000. Decision Support System for Nature Development and Valuation of Land Reclamation in The Netherlands. Conference Proceedings of the Hydroinformatics 2000 Symposium, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. Download.

Vos R.J., S.W.M. Peters, R. Pasterkamp, M. Villars, M. Baptist, J. Kokke & E. Hoogenboom, 2000. Baseline mapping of sediment distribution in the Western Scheldt estuary prior to tunnel boring. XIXth ISPRS Conference’, Amsterdam 16-23 July 2000, Proceedings Supplement, p 246-253. Download.

Silvert, W. & M. Baptist, 2000. Can Neuronal Networks be Used in Data-Poor Situations? In: Lek, S. & J-F. Guégan (Eds.), 2000. Artificial Neuronal Networks; Application to Ecology and Evolution. Berlin, Springer-Verlag. Download.

Baptist, M.J. & E. Mosselman, 2002. Biogeomorphological modelling of secondary channels in the Waal river. In: D. Bousmar & Y. Zech, (eds.), River Flow 2002 Symposium: 773-782, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Download.

Baptist, M.J., G. van der Lee, F. Kerle, & E. Mosselman, 2002. Modelling of morphodynamics, vegetation development and fish habitat in man-made secondary channels in the River Rhine, the Netherlands. In King & (Eds.), Conference Proceedings of the Fourth International Ecohydraulics Symposium  (pp. 1-29). Cape Town, South Africa. Download.

Duel, H., M.J. Baptist, G. Geerling, A.J.M. Smits & J.S.L. van Alphen, 2002. Cyclic Floodplain Rejuvenation as a strategy for both flood protection and enhancement of the biodiversity of the River Rhine. In King &  et al (Eds.), Conference Proceedings of the Fourth International Ecohydraulics Symposium  (pp. 1-21). Cape Town, South Africa. Download.

Kerle, F., F. Zöllner, M. Schneider, B. Kappus & M.J. Baptist, 2002. Modelling of long-term fish habitat changes in restored secondary floodplain channels of the River Rhine. In King & (Eds.), Conference Proceedings of the Fourth international Ecohydraulics Symposium  (pp. 1-15). Cape Town, South Africa. Download

Baptist, M.J., 2003. A flume experiment on sediment transport with flexible, submerged vegetation. International workshop on RIParian FORest vegetated channels: hydraulic, morphological and ecological aspects, 20 – 22 February 2003, Trento, Italy. Download.

Knaapen, M.A.F., H. Holzhauer, S.J.M.H. Hulscher, M.J. Baptist, M.B. de Vries & M. van Ledden, 2003. On the modelling of biological effects on morphology. Sánchez-Arcilla, A. & Bateman, A. (eds.): River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics 2003, Barcelona, 773-783. Download.

Baptist, M.J., 2004. A commentary on advances in modelling the effects of vegetation on flow, sediment transport and morphology. In G Petts & B Kennedy (Eds.), Emerging concepts for integrating human and environmental water needs in river basin management  (pp. 72-76). Birmingham: The university of Birmingham. Download.

Haasnoot, M., H. Duel, G.E.M. van der Lee, M.J. Baptist, D.T. van der Molen & M. Platteeuw, 2004. Impact of climate change and anticipating flood management strategy on floodplain ecosystems of the river Rhine, The Netherlands. In D Garcia de Jalon & P Vizcaino Martinez (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics  (pp. 1389-1393). Madrid, Spanje: IAHR. Download.

Keijzer, M., M.J. Baptist, V. Babovic & J. Rodriguez Uthurburu, 2005. Determining equations for vegetation induced resistance using genetic programming. In H Beyer, U O'Reilly, DV Arnold, W Banzhaf, C Blum, EW Bonabeau, E Cantu-Paz, D Dasgupta, K Deb, JA Foster, ED de Jong, H Lipson, X Llora, S Mancoridis, M Pelikan, GR Raidl, T Soule, AM Tyrrell, J Watson, & E Zitzler (Eds.), GECCO 2005: Proceedings of the 2005 conference on genetic and evolutionary computation  (pp. 1999-2006). New York: ACM Press. Download.

Baptist, M.J., 2005. Biogeomorphology. In: Schwartz, M. (ed.). Encyclopaedia of Coastal Science, pp. 192-193. ISBN 1-4020-1903-3. Download .

Baptist, M.J. & J. de Jong, 2005. Modelling the influence of vegetation on the morphology of the Allier, France. In: A. Harby et al. (Editors), Final COST 626 meeting in Silkeborg, Denmark, 19-20 May 2005, pp.15-22. Download

Journal papers

Duel, H., G.E.M. van der Lee, W.E. Penning & M.J. Baptist, 2003. Habitat Modelling of Rivers and Lakes in The Netherlands: An Ecosystem Approach. Canadian Water Resources Journal 28(2). Download.

Baptist, M.J., W.E. Penning, H. Duel, A.J.M. Smits, G.W. Geerling, G.E.M. van der Lee & J.S.L. van Alphen, 2004. Assessment of the effects of cyclic floodplain rejuvenation on flood levels and biodiversity in the Rhine River. River Research and Applications 20: 285-297. Download.

Baptist, M.J., A.J.M. Smits, H. Duel, G.E.M. van der Lee, G.W. Geerling, W.E. Penning & J.S.L. van Alphen, 2004. Cyclische verjonging van uiterwaarden; een hoogwater- en natuurbeheerstrategie gemodelleerd. Landschap 1: 15-26. Download.

Baptist, M.J., L.V. van den Bosch, J.T. Dijkstra & S. Kapinga. Modelling the effects of vegetation on flow and morphology in rivers, 2005. Archiv für Hydrobiologie Supplement 155/1-4, Large Rivers 15(1-4): 339-357. Download.

Baptist, M.J., M. Haasnoot, P. Cornelissen, J. Icke, G. van der Wedden, H.J. de Vriend & G. Gugic, 2006. Flood detention, nature development and water quality along the lowland river Sava, Croatia. Hydrobiologia 565: 243-257. Download or alternative Download.

Baptist, M.J., J. van Dalfsen, A. Weber, S. Passchier & S. van Heteren, 2006. The distribution of macrozoobenthos in the Southern North Sea in relation to meso-scale bedforms. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 68(3-4): 538-546. Download.

Baptist, M.J., V. Babovic, J. Rodríguez Uthurburu, M. Keijzer, R. Uittenbogaard, A. Verweij & A. Mynett, 2007. On inducing equations for vegetation resistance. Journal of Hydraulic Research 45(4): 435-450.

Straatsma, M. & M.J. Baptist, 2008. Floodplain roughness parameterization using airborne laser scanning and spectral remote sensing. Remote Sensing of Environment 112: 1062-1080. Download.

Rutten, M., N. van de Giesen, M. Baptist, J. Icke, & W. Uijttewaal, 2008. Seasonal forecast of cooling water problems in the river Rhine. Hydrological Processes 22: 1037-1045. Download.

Geerling, G.W., E. Kater, C. van den Brink, M.J. Baptist, A.M.J. Ragas & A.J.M. Smits (2008). Nature rehabilitation by floodplain excavation: the hydraulic effect of 16 years of sedimentation and vegetation succession along the Waal River, NL. Geomorphology 99: 317-328. Download.

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