WEBINAR 31st October 2017

09:30 - 10:30 CET

FAST Symposium - webinar session: Earth Observation and Modelling

You are just one mouse click away from knowing the contribution of vegetation to flood risk reduction at any site in the world! Join our one day interactive conference to dive into nature-based flood defences with the FAST team.

The MI-SAFE viewer is developed in the FAST project (Foreshore Assessment using Space Technology) and is a valuable tool to assess the presence of vegetation and it contribution to wave attenuation anywhere on the world. Data on topography, bathymetry, vegetation cover and change, storm surge and wave statistics are derived from earth observation imagery, global databases and numerical modelling. Field data collected during the FAST project have been used to calibrate our model (XBeach) and its vegetation parameters. Next to global, large-scale data we have derived detailed and more accurate data for specific sites (Expert Level of services). Tailor-made solutions are offered to fit the user’s requirements for implementing nature-based flood defences.

Our 1 day conference will demonstrate the MI-SAFE viewer during a one-hour webinar (9.30-10.30h CET) and keynote speakers will give their perspective on nature-based flood defences and the use of Earth Observation imagery in combination with modelling. In the afternoon we will have an interactive session, giving the opportunity to get better understanding of the data, to explore the open source structures and to use the MI-SAFE viewer in your own area of interest, while getting assistance of the FAST team to get started and for questions. We will also play with an existing XBeach model to get insight in the impact of vegetation on wave attenuation. Also, you will meet other professionals working in the field of nature-based flood defences, earth observation data, XBeach modelling and more!

Please register here if you would like to join our FAST Symposium in Delft on the 31st of October.

Otherwise, if you would like to attend the webinar from any place in the world in the morning of the 31st of October from 09.30-10.30h CET, please register here.

Screenshot of the MI-SAFE viewer modelling result box. The MI-SAFE viewer shows the contribution of vegetation (presence indicated in green) to the reduction in significant wave height (difference in blue lines) at the Tillingham study site (UK).

WEBINAR 20th July 2017

16:00 - 18:00 CEST - If you missed our webinar, you can now see it here!

The MI-SAFE package: Resources to implement nature based flood defence


Nature-based solutions are becoming recognised as amongst the most sustainable and cost-effective approaches towards coastal flood and erosion risk reduction. So far, however, such solutions have not been widely implemented. The quantifiable demonstration of benefits has been lacking and it is clear that coastal managers and engineers need trusted and practical tools that provide them with the desired quantitative information on key flood hazard parameters.


The FAST project (Foreshore Assessment using Space Technology) has developed the MI-SAFE package to help meet this requirement, a combination of earth observation information and numerical modelling, packaged into open source and online products and services that demonstrate how coastal vegetation can contribute to meet flood risk challenges. MI-SAFE information is based on the latest satellite sensor technology and big data analysis capabilities.


The MI-SAFE package combines existing and new earth observation data for coasts worldwide to estimate the contribution of vegetated foreshores towards coastal flood and erosion risk reduction. The MI-SAFE viewer gives a quick indication of the extent to which vegetation, when submerged during high tides, surges, or other high water level events, prevents coastal flooding and erosion. It does so qualitatively also for areas with little or no local data, drawing on open global sources of information. For locations for which more data is available, advanced services can provide specific quantitative information upon request. The MI-SAFE package works as a platform of services supported by a team of international experts. It delivers the capacity to explore multiple ecosystem services provided by vegetation and to incorporate these into coastal flood/erosion risk management decisions anywhere on the world’s coastlines.


In this webinar, the MI-SAFE team of experts (i.e. the FAST team) will explain the science behind the MI-SAFE package, the resources that this package of services offers, and the access routes for a range of user types.