Prof. Dr. Cecile Baeteman

Quaternary geologist
Cecile Baeteman
+32 2 788 76 26
Key Projects
  • IUAP /14VII: Great Mesopotamia: Reconstruction of its Environment and History (2012-2017).
  • EDMONET (2009-2012).
  • IUAP VI/34: Greater Mesopotamia: Reconstruction of its Environment and History (2007-2011).
  • Synthesis BE-TAF-1630: "High-resolution dating of late Holocene tidal-channel deposits in the belgian coastal plain using optical dating techniques", (2006).
  • IUAP V/14: "The Land of Sumer and Akkad (2002-2006).
  • EUROSEISMIC (2002-2004).
  • EU MAST III, EUMARSIN (1998-2000).
  • Investigations on Quaternary Geology, Hydrology and Engineering Geology in the framework of land subsidence of Shanghai and Changzhu (P.R. China), (1986-1989).
Professional experiences

01/01/2002 > ongoing: Senior Geologist

Geological Survey of Belgium

01/09/1986 > ongoing: Quaternary Geologist at the Geological Survey of Belgium

Geological Survey of Belgium

01/10/1985 > 31/08/1986: Geologist at "Natuurlijke Rijkdommen en Energie" Vlaamse Gemeenschap

Vlaamse Gemeenschap

01/07/1972 > 30/09/1985: Quaternary Geologist at the Geological Survey of Belgium

Geological Survey of Belgium
Academic training

01/09/1977 > 31/03/1981: PhD

MSc in Quaternary Geology
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

01/09/1976 > 30/09/1977: MSc in Quaternary Geology

MSc in Physical Geography
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

01/09/1968 > 30/06/1972: MSc in Physical Geography

Vrije Universiteit Brussel


F. Bogemans, Roe, H. , and Baeteman, C. , Incised Pleistocene valleys in the Western Belgium coatsal plain: Age, origins and implications for the evolution of the Southern North Sea basin, Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 456, pp. 46-59, 2016.
C. Baeteman, Modifications du paysage et possibilité d'activités humaines pendant l'Holocène dans la plaine maritime belge, Revue du Nord - N° 24 Hors Série Collection Art et Archéologie, vol. 24, pp. 15-28, 2016.


C. Baeteman, Book Review - Coastal Environments and Global Change. G. Masselink and R. Gehrels, Geologica Belgica, vol. 18, pp. 78-79, 2015.




C. Baeteman, De Lage Landen aan Zee in het Eerste Millennium - De Geologische Aspecten, in Zee, Wind en Land - Kustvorming in de lage landen, J. A. J. Maas Uitgeverij Papieren Tijger, Breda, 2009, pp. 17-31.


M. Fettweis, Four, I. Du, Zeelmaekers, E. , Baeteman, C. , Franken, F. , Houziaux, J. - S. , Mathys, M. , Nechad, B. , Pison, V. , Vandenberghe, N. , Van Den Eynde, D. , Van Lanker, V. , and Wartel, S. , Mud Origin, Characterisation and Human Activities (MOCHA). 2007.


C. Baeteman, Tsunami's vastgesteld in de Noordzee en het Kanaal., De Grote Rede, vol. 12, p. 7, 2005.



M. Van Strydonck, Ervynck, A. , Baeteman, C. , and Lentacker, A. , 14C Dating and the reconstruction of the sedimentary environment and occupational history of Saltes (Atlantic coast, Southern Spain)., Environmental Archaeology, vol. 5, pp. 63-71, 2000.


A. Ervynck, Baeteman, C. , Demiddele, H. , Hollevoet, Y. , Pieters, M. , Schelvis, j, Tys, D. , Van Strydonck, M. , and Verhaeghe, F. , Human occupation because of a regression, or the cause of a transgression? A critical review of the interaction between geological events and human occupation in the Belgian coastal plain during the first millennium AD, Probleme der Küstenforschung im südlichen Nordseegebied, vol. 26, pp. 97-121, 1999.
C. Baeteman, Beets, D. , and Van Strydonck, M. , Tidal crevasse splays as the cause of rapid changes in the rate of aggradation in the Holocene tidal deposits of the Belgian coastal plain, Journal of Quaternary International, vol. 56, pp. 3-13, 1999.


M. Pieters, Baeteman, C. , Demiddele, H. , and Ervynck, A. , The polder area of Raversijde (Oostende, Belgium): a complex parent material affected by intense human interventions. Archaeology as a tool in geopedology, in Proceed. 16th World Congress of Soil Science, Université de Montpellier, 1998, pp. 1-10.
C. Baeteman, Is het de natuur of de mens die een bedrijging vormt voor kusten en polders?, Meded. Zitt. K. Acad. overzeese Wet., vol. 44, pp. 257-273, 1998.


C. Baeteman and Denys, L. , Western Coastal Plain of Belgium, in Quaternary field trips in Central Europe, 16. North Sea Coasts, W. Schirmer Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, München, 1995, pp. 1010-1014.
C. Baeteman, De conflictsituatie tussen natuur en toerisme in het kustgebied, De Aardrijkskunde, vol. 3, pp. 5-20, 1995.


C. Baeteman, Subsidence in coastal lowlands due to groundwater withdrawal : the geological approach., in Coastal Hazards: perception,suseptibility and mitigation, vol. Special Issue 12, C. Finkl Journal of Coastal Research, 1994, pp. 61-75.
A. Dassargues and Baeteman, C. , Induced landsubsidence near major river mouth - From Quaternary geology to coupled numerical models, in Proceedings Seventh International Congress International Association of Engineering Geology, 1994, pp. 1827-1836.


C. Baeteman, The western Coastal Plain of Belgium, in Quaternary Shorelines in Belgium and The Netherlands. Excursion Guide Fieldmeeting 1993 INQUA Subcommission Shorelines Northwestern Europe, C. Baeteman and de Gans, W. Ministerie Ekonomische Zaken, 1993, pp. 1-24; 43-55; 81-87.


C. Baeteman, De Lannoy, W. , Paepe, R. , and Van Cauwenberghe, C. , Vulnerability of the Belgian Coastal Lowlands to Future Sea-level Rise, in .): Impact of Sea-level Rise on European Coastal Lowlands, M. Tooley and Jelgersma, S. Blackwell Publications, 1992, pp. 56-71.
C. Baeteman, Bogemans, F. , Govaert, E. , Huanzhong, H. , and Jingxin, L. , The Quaternary deposits of the Changjiang Coastal Plain (Shanghai Area)., Bull. Intern. Assoc. Engineering Geology, vol. 46, pp. 7-23, 1992.


C. Baeteman and Paepe, R. , Planning and geology in a coastal plain, Bull. Belg. Ver. Geologie, vol. 100, pp. 195-201, 1991.
C. Baeteman, Chronology of coastal plain development during the Holocene in West Belgium., Quaternaire, vol. 2, pp. 116-125, 1991.
C. Baeteman, Coastal Lowlands and their threat. The Shanghai case study., Acta Geol. Taiwanica, vol. 29, pp. 87-101, 1991.


C. Baeteman, Vulnerability of coastal lowlands. A case study of landsubsidence in Shanghai, P.R. China, in Greenhouse Effect, Sea level and Drought, R. Paepe, Fairbridge, R. W. , and Jelgersma, S. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 1990, pp. 415-426.
C. Baeteman and Schroeder, C. , Land subsidence in Shanghai. An application of the interaction between coastal-lowland geology and engineering geology, in Proc. 6th Intern. IAEG Congress, Balkema, Rotterdam, 1990, pp. 191-199.


C. Baeteman, Quaternary sea-level investigations from Belgium: a contribution to IGCP project 200, vol. 241. Jennerstreet 13, 1000 Brussels: Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Belgische Geologische Dienst, 1989, p. 104.
C. Baeteman and Van Strydonck, M. , Radiocarbon dates on peat from the Holocene coastal deposits in West Belgium, in Quaternary sea-level investigations from Belgium, C. Baeteman Geological Survey of Belgium, 1989, pp. 59-91.


C. Baeteman, Het Geologisch Onderzoek, in De Romeinen langs de Vlaamse kust, H. Thoen Gemeentekrediet, 1987, pp. 16-22.
W. Newman and Baeteman, C. , Holocene Excursion of the Northwest European Geoid., Progress in Oceanography, vol. 18, pp. 287-322, 1987.


C. Baeteman, The origin of De Moeren, in Recent trends in physical geography in Belgium. Liber Amicorum Prof Dr. L. Peeters, M. Van Molle rije Universiteit Brussel, 1985, pp. 31-43.
C. Baeteman, Development of sedimentary environments during the Holocene in the Western coastal plain of Belgium., Eiszeitalter und Gegenwart/Quaternary Science Journal, vol. 35, pp. 23-32, 1985.
C. Baeteman, Late Holocene geology of the Marathon Plain (Greece)., Journal of Coastal Research, vol. 1, pp. 173-185, 1985.


R. Paepe and Baeteman, C. , Centre for Quaternary Stratigraphy and Paleoclimatology - contactgroups National Science Foundation (N.F.W.O.-F.N.R.S.): contributions of the joint-meeting held on 18-19-20 april 1983, vol. 207. Jennerstreet 13, 1000 Brussels: Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Administratie der Mijnen, Geologische Dienst van België, 1984, p. 92.


C. Baeteman, De Holocene sedimenten van de westelijke kustvlakte: een analyse van de Belgische litteratuur, vol. 204. Jennerstraat 13, 1000 Brussel: Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Administratie der Mijnen, Geologische Dienst van België, 1983, p. 51.
C. Baeteman, Un aperçu de la plaine côtière, in Guides géologiques régionaux, Belgique, F. Robaszynski and Dupuis, C. Masson, 1983, pp. 160-161.


R. Paepe, Baeteman, C. , Mortier, R. , and Vanhoorne, R. , The Marine Pleistocene Sediments in the Flandrian area, Geologie and Mijnbouw/Netherlands Journal of Geoscience, vol. 60, pp. 321-330, 1981.
C. Baeteman, Cleveringa, P. , and Verbruggen, C. , Het paleomilieu rond het Romeins zoutwinningssite van Leffinge. 1981.


C. Baeteman, Geomorphological features in the area of Abu Habbah and Tell ed Der., Tell ed-Der, vol. 3, pp. 15-21, 1980.


C. Baeteman and Verbruggen, J. , A new approach to the evolution of the so-called surface peat in the western coastal plain of Belgium, vol. 1979/11 - N° 167. Geological Survey of Belgium., 1979.
R. Paepe and Baeteman, C. , The Belgian Coastal Plain during the Quaternary, in The Quaternary History of the Baltic, the North Sea and the Irish Sea, R. E. Oele and A. Schüttenhelm, W. Uppsala University, 1979, pp. 143-146.


C. Baeteman, L'extension de la Formation d'Herzeele en Belgique, Bull. Ass. fr. étude Quaternaire, vol. 15, pp. 54-56; 141-144, 1978.
C. Baeteman, New evidence on the marine Holocene in the Western Belgian Coastal Plain., Bull. Belg. Ver. Geologie, vol. 87, pp. 49-54, 1978.
R. Paepe and Baeteman, C. , The fluvial system between Tell ed-Der and Tell Abû Habbah., Tell ed-Der, vol. 2, pp. 37-56, 1978.


R. Paepe, Sommé, J. , Cunat, N. , and Baeteman, C. , Flandrian, a formation or just a name?, Newsletter Stratigraphy, vol. 5, pp. 18-30, 1976.


C. Baeteman, Lambrecht, L. , and Paepe, R. , Autosnelweg Brugge-Calais: boringen en geologisch profiel. Sectie: Veurne-Franse grens, vol. 103. Jennerstraat 13, 1000 Brussel: Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Aardkundige Dienst van België, 1974, p. 64.
C. Baeteman, De huidige kustevolutie tussen Sangatte en Strouanne (N. Frankrijk)., Tijdschrift Belg. Ver. Aardrijkskunde Studies, vol. 43, pp. 61-78, 1974.
C. Baeteman, The Late Sedimentary Environment of the Archeological Site {`}Het Mijnplein', Oostende, Archeologie in Vlaanderen, vol. 4, pp. 199-201.
01/04/2012 to 31/03/2017

Greater Mesopotamia: Reconstruction of its Environment and History

Our aim is to contribute to a comprehensive study of depositional sedimentary environments, their evolution and the human interaction within the region. Regarding the latter topic it is our aim to detect how settlement patterns changed in relation to changing sea-level, shoreline displacements and to changing watercourses.
01/01/2012 to 31/12/2015


This project aims the reconstruction of climatic and environmental variability during the Eemian period, based on an intercomparison of marine carbonate bivalves from coastal sedimentary cores and independently dated calcite speleothems.
01/01/2002 to 31/12/2006

IUAP Project: The Land of Sumer and Akkad

The main objective of this IUAP- project is to investigate the interaction between the palaeoenvironments and the development of the social, political, and economic institutions of the populations in Mesopotamia in the middle and late Holocene.
01/01/2002 to 31/12/2006

IUAP Project: The Land of Sumer and Akkad

Reconstructing History and Environment of the Mesopotamian Plain.
01/01/2002 to 31/12/2004

EUROSEISMIC: European Marine Seismic Metadata and Information Centre

The principal objective of EUROSEISMIC is to compile a metadatabase of seismic profiles which image the European seabed and sub-seabed and are held by the project partners.
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