Call for Innovation: Impacts of Port Development on West Africa’s Coastal Areas

This Call for Innovation aimed to identify innovative and feasible solutions to fight coastal erosion and flooding issues associated with the ongoing development of large commercial ports and maritime operations in West Africa, mainly for Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, and Togo, but with also an outlook for the rest of the countries in West Africa. Our proposed innovation WAC-App was awarded 1st prize in the competition.

WAC-App is an open-access, easy-to-use, interactive online application that gives insight into the effects of coastal interventions. It combines the predictions of the new coastline evolution model ShorelineS with the computational and data options of Google Earth Engine. WAC-App allows for easy impact assessments of coastal measures and supports decision making at different spatial and temporal scales. WAC-App allows users to get more insight in long-term coastal development and thereby facilitates communication between decision makers, technical experts and other stakeholders.

The tasks carried out by HKV were: team leadership, development of interactive interface for morphodynamic model, visualisation of use of application. With the awarded budget a further elaboration of the innovation will be carried out, also including potential users in the process.

Read more about WACA here.