Kick-off large study on Sand Motor

Deltares is set to participate in a large study into the development of the Sand Motor. Delft University of Technology is the co-ordinator of this study, entitled NatureCoast. The study will start this autumn and will take five years. Deltares will participate in several sub projects in the field of morphological development of shores and dunes in relation to swimming safety, geochemical environmental effects, development of fresh/saline groundwater and governance aspects.

The aim of this large-scale study is to gain more insight into the development of the Sand Motor and its effect on the environment and ecosystems. This will be done by monitoring a large number of aspects.

For Deltares, Jasper Griffioen is involved: “The Sand Motor is a beautiful and environmentally friendly form of sand replenishment. By depositing a large amount of sand in a single operation, we can avoid repeated disruption of the ecosystem. Nature will take the sand to the right place for us. Through this study, we will find out if our expectations have been met. We want to gain a clear insight into the development of the Sand Motor”.

NatureCoast is partly financed by Technology Foundation STW. It received the highest score in a competition organized by STW for which a total of 52 innovative plans were entered. STW describes NatureCoast as a study that contributes to the prominent position of The Netherlands as a water manager. Industry is also making a financial contribution towards the cost of the study.

Five universities, one research institute, eight knowledge institutes, seven businesses and thirteen other organisations will participate in this study. Among those involved are, Delft University of Technology, University Amsterdam, Wageningen UR, Utrecht University, University of Twente, IMARES, Alterra, TNO, US Geological Survey, Boskalis, Van Oord, Arcadis, NortekSeadarq, Svasek (SV), Dunea, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Province of South-Holland, WWF, Natuurmonumenten and Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP).


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Published:18 July 2012