In 2012 we lost Jean Jacques Peters, former engineer of Flanders Hydraulics Research (1964 till 1979) and international expert in sediment transport, river hydraulics and morphology. As a tribute to him we have created potamology, a virtual memorial archive whose aim is to preserve and disseminate his way of thinking and his morphological approach to river problems all over the world.This archive provides four modules, each with its specific information set relevant to Peters’ work. Where available and if not confidential, there will also be access to the full text. In dialogue with Peters’ family we continue to make his life’s work accessible.
A key element of the competitiveness of seaports consists of its hinterland access. Canals, rivers and river deltas in Northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands provide a dense network of hinterland connections for a number of large North Sea ports as well their necessary interlinking. While there is still no end-to-end standardised waterway for large container and push-towing ships between France, Wallonia and Flanders, a very important and ongoing project at European level aims to complete the missing links between the Seine and the Scheldt. The 'Seine Nord; Seine-Escaut' and 'Le Havre-Paris' canals will become the missing link between of the North-Sea Mediterranean and Atlantic Corridors. Taking into consideration the reality of economic and transport flows, it is clear that a sustainable but efficient transport policy cannot be based on one single mode. Other arguments in favour of inland navigation are its environmental added value character and low transport costs compared to road traffic.