Beach-dune modelling in support of Building with Nature for an integrated spatial design of urbanized sandy shores

Kathelijne Wijnberg, Daan Poppema , Jan Mulder, J. van Bergen, Geert Campmans, Filipe Galiforni-Silva, Suzanne J.M.H. Hulscher, Paran Pourteimouri

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The long-term physical existence of sandy shores critically depends on a balanced sediment budget. From the principles of Building with Nature it follows that a sustainable protection of sandy shores should employ some form of shore nourishment. In the spatial design process of urbanized sandy shores, where multiple functions must be integrated, the knowledge and the prediction of sediment dynamics and beach-dune morphology thus play an essential role. This expertise typically resides with coastal scientists who have condensed their knowledge in various types of morphological models that serve different purposes and rely on different assumptions, thus have their specific strengths and limitations. This paper identifies morphological information needs for the integrated spatial design of urbanized sandy shores using BwN principles, outlines capabilities of different types of morphological models to support this and identifies current gaps between the two. A clear mismatch arises from the absence of buildings and accompanying human activities in current numerical models simulating morphological developments in beach-dune environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-259
Number of pages19
JournalResearch in Urbanism Series
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Vol. 7 (2021): Building with Nature perspectives: Cross-disciplinary BwN approaches in coastal regions. ISBN 978-94-6366-379-3


  • Beach-dune modelling
  • Building with nature
  • Coastal spatial design
  • Urbanized shore
  • Wind-driven sediment dynamics


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