The Netherlands are looking at the sea in a much different way than the past

They are not building concrete and steel barriers anymore, exploiting instead natural processes to protect cities and coastal areas

Researchers, engineers, but also citizens and politicians have now embraced a new philosophy:

building with nature

This is the case of the Sand Motor

a giant sand nourishment which was artificially placed on the coast, but whose dispersion happens thanks to the winds, which redistribute it homogeneously on the coast

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This is the case of the Sand Motor

a giant sand nourishment which was artificially placed on the coast, but whose dispersion happens thanks to the winds, which redistribute it homogeneously on the coast

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A place which soon became one of the favourite beaches by Dutch families and kite surfers

The Mud Flats are another great intuition. These areas are filled with the mud dredged from the entrance of surrounding ports and then distributed along the coast by streams

In a few years, new vegetation rises from the mud, creating new areas of coast: a natural barrier against waves and storms

Which also recreates ecosystems and long since lost habitats

Mud flats have to be constantly monitored by experts, as the potential is high but processes are still almost unknown

Hence why the on the field research is always matched by the work done in laboratories and testing facilities, such as those in Deltares

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Where natural phenomena are studied…

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… and reproduced in scale

So to face the impact of climate change

Naturally