ICON.NL: coastline observatory to examine coastal dynamics in response to natural forcing and human interventions

Stefan Aarninkhof, Matthieu De Schipper, Arjen Luijendijk, Gerben Ruessink, Marc Bierkens, Kathelijne Wijnberg, Dano Roelvink, J. Limpens, M.J. Baptist, Michel Riksen, Tjeerd Bouma, Sierd de Vries, Ad Reniers, Suzanne Hulscher, Arjan Wijdeveld, Ap van Dongeren, Carola van Gelder-Maas, Quirijn Lodder, Ad van der Spek

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In the light of challenges raised by a changing climate and increasing population pressure in coastal regions, it has become clear that theoretical models and scattered experiments do not provide the data we urgently need to understand coastal conditions and processes. We propose a Dutch coastline observatory named ICON.NL, based at the Delfland Coast with core observations focused on the internationally well-known Sand Engine experiment, as part of an International Coastline Observatories Network (ICON). ICON.NL will cover the physics and ecology from deep water to the dunes. Data will be collected continuously by novel remote sensing and in-situ sensors, coupled to numerical models to yield unsurpassed long-term coastline measurements. The combination of the unique site and ambitious monitoring design enables new avenues in coastal science and a leap in interdisciplinary research.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Conference on Coastal Sediments - Tampa / St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Duration: 27 May 201931 May 2019


ConferenceInternational Conference on Coastal Sediments
CountryUnited States

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