Natural foreshores as an alternative to traditional dike re-enforcements: a field pilot in the large shallow lake Markermeer, The Netherlands

W.E. Penning, H.J. Steetzel, R. van Santen, J. Fiselier, H.J. de Lange, V. Vuik, S. Ouwerkerk, J.S.M. van Thiel de Vries

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Abstract

Natural foreshores are shallow zones and beaches with a gradual slope and a (near-)natural vegetation that can be used
as an additional protection against flooding by reducing the wave attack on existing dikes, or can even completely
replace an existing dike system. In order to test the applicability of this concept a 500 m long pilot section of a sandy
foreshore was constructed along an already existing dike in the large shallow lake Markermeer, the Netherlands. The
pilot was equipped with permanent monitoring equipment for hydrodynamics and meteorological conditions and monthly
surveys of the morphology of the pilot section. These measurements will be carried out for the coming four years. This
paper presents the first results after the construction and the first winter season with the pilot in place.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationE-proceedings of the 36th IAHR World Congress
Place of Publication2015
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventIAHR2015 - The Hague, Netherlands
Duration: 28 Jun 20153 Jul 2015

Conference

ConferenceIAHR2015
CountryNetherlands
CityThe Hague
Period28/06/153/07/15

Keywords

  • nature development
  • flood control
  • dykes
  • riparian vegetation
  • coasts
  • hydrodynamics

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    Penning, W. E., Steetzel, H. J., van Santen, R., Fiselier, J., de Lange, H. J., Vuik, V., Ouwerkerk, S., & van Thiel de Vries, J. S. M. (2015). Natural foreshores as an alternative to traditional dike re-enforcements: a field pilot in the large shallow lake Markermeer, The Netherlands. In E-proceedings of the 36th IAHR World Congress https://edepot.wur.nl/370171