Establishing vegetated foreshores to increase dike safety along lake shores

Ellis Penning, H.J. Steetzel, R. van Santen, M de Lange, S. Ouwerkerk, Vincent Vuik, J Fiselier, Jaap van Thiel de Vries

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Vegetated foreshores in front of existing dikes can contribute to the overall reduction of wave loads on the dike. In order to test this concept in large shallow lakes a field pilot was constructed along the Houtribdijk in Lake Markermeer (the Netherlands) in 2014 to gain experience with construction, stability, maintenance and governance aspects. A large scale monitoring programme was set up to follow the hydrodynamic forcing, morphological changes and vegetation development on the pilot. The pilot is located on an exposed south-westerly direction, and experiences substantial wave impact. As a result the desired vegetation on the land-water interface has not been able to establish, but a rather dynamic sandy beach is currently the main feature along the waterline of the site. Higher up the slope planted reeds, and a mixture of willows has well established itself in the first growing season. The exposed position of the location makes that hardly any natural pioneer vegetation has settled, only in small sheltered areas some annuals were able to germinate and maintain themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFLOODrisk 2016
Subtitle of host publication3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management, Lyon, France
EditorsM. Lang, F. Klijn, P. Samuels
PublisherEDP Science
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management, FLOODrisk 2016 - Lyon Convention Centre, Lyon, France
Duration: 17 Oct 201621 Oct 2016
Conference number: 3

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NameE3S Web of Conferences
PublisherEDP Science


Conference3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management, FLOODrisk 2016
Abbreviated titleFLOODrisk 2016
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