Wang Zhengbing

Sediment transport models and morphological development in estuarine environment
Rotterdamseweg 185
2629 HD Delft, The Netherlands

Zhongshan N. Road 3663,Shanghai 200062, China


As a senior specialist / expert advisor at Deltares Prof. Wang has played a key role in the development of models for sediment transport and morphological development in estuarine environment. He has been involved in various consultancy projects (the Netherlands, United Kingdom, India, Spain, Germany, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Belgium, China (including Hong Kong, and Taiwan)) covering hydrodynamics, sediment transport, morphology and environmental impact, in rivers, estuaries and coastal areas. He has also been working on various research programmes including EC research programmes since early 1990’s.

As a part-time professor at Delft University of Technology, Prof. Wang supervises M.Sc and PhD students preparing their thesis in the field of river engineering and estuarine geomorphology. He plays an important role in a number of research programmes at the Hydraulic Engineering Department, e.g. the STW-project “Eco-morphology of estuaries and tidal basins” (Follow-up of the project “Sand-mud segregation in estuaries and tidal lagoons”) and the Building with Nature project “morphological coupling between tidal basins and their ebb-tidal deltas in the South-West Delta area”. With his Chinese background he has been playing a key role in the cooperation with various universities and institutes in China. He initiated and manages the KNAW-project “Effects of human activities on the eco-morphological evolution of rivers and estuaries” within the framework of the Programme Strategic Scientific Alliances between China and the Netherlands. He also initiated the project “Fate or future of intertidal flats in estuaries and tidal lagoons – Effects of Climate change and anthropogenic activities” within the framework of Sino-Dutch Joint Scientific Thematic Research Programme, already granted by NWO. He serves as project manager from the NL-side.

Finally Prof. Wang is the author of many publications on the mentioned subjects, which were presented at international conferences and in Technical Journals.



2012 - Present

Delft University of Technology


2008 - Present


Senior Specialist

1990 - 2011

Delft University of Technology

Associate Professor

1989 - 2008

WL | Delft Hydraulics


1984 - 1989

Delft University of Technology

Research Assistent



2011 - Present

The Netherlands

Delta Programme Wadden Sea Area, The Netherlands

2008 - 2009

The Netherlands

Contribution to the Research Programme of The Wadden Academy, leading the part concerning Morphodynamics. The Netherlands

2001 - Present


Various studies on morphological development and shoreline management of the Humber Estuary, UK

1999 - 2009


Various studies on tide, sediment transport and salt intrusion in Guadalquivir River, Spain

2003 - Present

The Netherlands

Fundamental researches on coastal line management (VOP, Kustlijnzorg, B&O Kust), The Netherlands

2008 - 2011

Hong Kong

Sediment transport and morphological development of Deep Bay and the rivers flowing into the bay, Hong Kong

2008 - Present

The Netherlands

Building with Nature project: Morphodynamic Coupling between estuaries and their outer deltas, The Netherlands

1998 - Present

The Netherlands

Various studies concerning effects land subsidence due to gas mining in the Wadden Sea, The Netherlands

1991 - Present

The Netherlands

Varies studies on hydrodynamics, sediment transport and morphodynamics of the Western Scheldt Estuary. The Netherlands

2001 - 2003

The Netherlands

Delft Cluster project Ecomorphology estuaries and coasts, the Netherlands

1.      Li, Wei; Wang, Zhengbing; de Vriend, Huib J.; et al. 2014. Long-Term Effects of Water Diversions on the Longitudinal Flow and Bed Profiles, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering  140(6) DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0000856.
2. Li, Wei; de Vriend, Huib J.; Wang, Zhengbing; et al. 2014. Morphological modeling using a fully coupled, total variation diminishing upwind-biased centered scheme Water Resources Research 49(6): 3547-3565.
3.      Z.B. Wang, P. Hoekstra, H. Burchard, H. Ridderinkhof, H.E. De Swart, M.J.F. Stive. 2012. Morphodynamics of the Wadden Sea and its Barrier Island System, Ocean & Coastal Management , doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2011.12.022
4.      Z.B. Wang, I.H. Townend. 2012.  Influence of the nodal tide on the morphological response of estuaries, Marine Geology 291-294:73–82.
5.      Huib J. De Vriend, Zheng Bing Wang, Tom Ysebaert, Peter M. J. Herman, Pingxing Ding. 2011. Eco-Morphological Problems in the Yangtze Estuary and the Western Scheldt, Wetlands, DOI 10.1007/s13157-011-0239-7.
6.      Nathanaël Geleynse, Joep E.A. Storms, Dirk-Jan R. Walstra, H.R. Albert Jagers, Zheng B. Wang, Marcel J.F. Stive. 2011. Controls on river delta formation; insights from numerical modelling. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 302 (1-2): 217 DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2010.12.013.
7.      Jeuken, M.C.J.L., Z.B. Wang. 2010. Impact of dredging and dumping on the stability of ebb–flood channel systems, Coastal Engineering, 57: 553-566.
8.      Kelin Hu, Pingxing Ding, Zhengbing Wang, Shilun Yang. 2008. A 2D/3D hydrodynamic and sediment transport model for the Yangtze Estuary, China, J. Mar. Syst. doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2008.11.014
9.      Mathijs van Ledden, Zheng-Bing Wang, Han Winterwerp, Huib de Vriend. 2006. Modelling sand-mud morphodynamics in the Friesche Zeegat, Ocean Dynamics, Doi 10.1007/sl2036-005-0055-9.
10.   Temmerman, S., T. J. Bouma, G. Govers, Z. B Wang, M. B. De Vries, and P. M. J. Herman 2005. Impact of vegetation on flow routing and sedimentation patterns: Three-dimensional modeling for a tidal marsh, J. Geophys. Res., 110, F04019, doi:10.1029/2005JF000301.
11.   Raffaele Marciano, Zheng Bing Wang, Anneke Hibma, Huib J. de Vriend and Andrea Defina. 2005. Modelling of fractal channel patterns in short tidal basins, Journal of Geophysical Research, 110(F01001), doi:10.1029/2003JF000092, 2005
12.   M.J.F. Stive and Z.B. Wang. 2003. Morphodynamic modelling of tidal basins and coastal inlets, In C. Lakkhan (Ed.) advances in coastal modelling, Elsvier Sciences, (2003) pp. 367-392.
13.   M.A. Van Goor, M.J.F. Stive, Z.B. Wang, T.J. Zitman. 2003. Impact of sea level rise on the morphological stability of tidal inlets, Marine Geology, 202(3-4): 211-227.
14.   Z.B. Wang, C. Jeuken, H. Gerritsen, H.J. de Vriend, B.A. Kornman. 2002. Morphology and asymmetry of vertical tide in the Westerschelde Estuary, Continental Shelf Research, 22(17): 2599-2609.
15.   Wang, Z.B., Louters, T., and De Vriend, H.J. 1995. Morphodynamic modelling of a tidal inlet in the Wadden Sea, Journal of Marine Geology 126:289-300.
16.   Wang, Z.B., Fokkink, R.J., De Vries, M., and Langerak, A. 1995. Stability of river bifurcations in 1D morphological models, Journal of Hydraulic Research, 33(6).
17.   Wang, Z.B. 1992. Theoretical analysis on depth-integrated modelling of suspended transports, Journal of Hydraulic Research, 30(3).