Iris Pit is an environmental scientist. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences and a Master's degree in Sustainable Development. After graduation Iris started to work at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development as a junior teacher and researcher. Since 2013 she is a PhD candidate involved in the project NatureCoast. She is supervised by Jasper Griffioen and Martin Wassen.

Her research includes exploring the environmental risks involved with a new and innovative way of coastal management: the Sand Motor.

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  2017 - Scholarly publications
Pit, I.R., Dekker, S.C., Kanters, Tobias J., Wassen, M.J. & Griffioen, J. (2017). Mobilisation of toxic trace elements under various beach nourishments. Environmental Pollution, 231, (pp. 1063-1074) (12 p.).
Pit, Iris R., Griffioen, Jasper & Wassen, Martin J. (2017). Environmental geochemistry of a mega beach nourishment in the Netherlands - Monitoring freshening and oxidation processes. Applied Geochemistry, 80, (pp. 72-89).
  2016 - Professional publications
Griffioen, J., Barciela Rial, Maria, Pit, I.R. & Saaltink, R.M. (2016). Waarom sediment-mineralogisch onderzoek voor Building-with-Nature projecten?. Grondboor & Hamer, 70 (5/6), (pp. 152-156) (5 p.).
  2016 - Other output
I.R. Pit (09.02.2016) Convener, Parallel 1d: Ecosystem-based solutions to societal problems
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Geochemistry of the Sand Motor

The Sand Motor is a huge volume of sand that has been applied along the coast of Zuid-Holland at Ter Heijde in 2011. Wind, waves and currents will spread the sand naturally along the coast of Zuid-Holland, i.e., a building with nature approach. The Sand Motor will gradually change in shape and eventually be fully incorporated into the dunes and the beach. As a result, the coast will be broader and safer. Because the Sand Motor is a pilot project, the development of how the Sand Motor evolves is carefully monitored. This is done via STW NatureCoast, an interdisciplinairy project involving three postdoctoral researchers and twelve PhD researchers of which I am one.

The objective of my research is to understand the environmental, geochemical processes at mega-nourishments and to develop predictive geochemical models. We expect that the transfer of sea sediment from anaerobic conditions to aerobic conditions will lead to changes in biogeochemical processes. As a consequence, interactions between atmosphere, (fresh) water and sea sediment may affect mineralogical composition, salinity, trace element availability and the buffering capacity. As a result, environmental conditions may vary on a mega-nourishment that can increase or decrease the preferred environmental conditions for flora and fauna.


Research funding: STW NatureCoast

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