Because the Netherlands is largely below sea-level, it is important that we maintain flood defenses such as dykes, dams and dunes in order to guarantee Dutch coastal safety in possible future extreme climate conditions. To reinforce these flood defenses, more and more coastal managers turn to sand instead of the traditionally used concrete, asphalt and stones. As far as the spread and movement of this sand in coastal areas that only deal with either waves or the tides, our understanding is quite robust. But what about those areas where both waves and tides come into play?
The EURECCA project, a collaboration between UU and TU Delft, will examine exactly this. The project, ‘Effective Upgrades and Retrofits for Coastal Climate Adaptation’, has been awarded within the NWO Open Technology Programme to carry out research on the recently completed Prins Hendrikzanddijk, a man-made beach on the Dutch island of Texel.
The project, starting autumn 2020, is led by Dr. Timothy Price of the department of Physical Geography at Utrecht University and Matthieu de Schipper of the department of Hydraulic Engineering at TU Delft. In the coming four years, both universities will host a PhD candidate to work on the project.