Sustainable development of land reclamations and shorelines full scale experiments as a driver for public - private innovations

S.G.J. Aarninkhof, R. Allewijn, A.M. Kleij, M.J.F. Stive, M.J. Baptist

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With 80% of the world's population living in lowland urban areas by 2050, sea levels gradually rising and societal demands on the quality of living increasing, sustainable development of coastal zones becomes increasingly urgent as well as complex. Modern strategies for the design and implementation of measures for infrastructure development, coastal protection and other functions adopt the concept of Building with Nature to handle these challenges. Recently, two full scale experiments were implemented to assess the benefits of the this approach for coastal development. The Sand Motor pilot project addresses the potential concentrated nourishments on the basis of a 21 million m3 shore nourishment at the Delfland coast in the Netherlands. This unprecedented experiment aims to protect the hinterland from flooding by letting natural processes distribute sand over shoreface, beach and dunes, thus constituting a climate-robust and environmentally friendly way of coastal protection. The second experiment addresses the concept of seabed landscaping in sand extraction sites, which aims to add ecological value to the sand borrow areas after construction. Both pilots have been monitored since their completion in 2010/2011 and will be monitored extensively in the coming years.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventCEDA Dredings Days 2012 -
Duration: 12 Dec 201213 Dec 2012


ConferenceCEDA Dredings Days 2012


  • coasts
  • coastal management
  • geological sedimentation
  • nature development
  • sand suppletion
  • north sea


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