Observed Behavior in a Nutshell

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The pilot Sand Motor involved constructing a large peninsula of about 2 km alongshore, with the most seaward position protruding about 1 km into the sea. The main part is a hook-shaped peninsula with the outer tip curved towards the north. The crest of the peninsula rises to 5 m above mean sea level. This design and location best fulfilled the multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder requirements of safety in combination with recreation, development of nature, and scientific innovation. The cross-shore slope of the peninsula is 1:50, so that the toe of the nourishment is at -8 m NAP and ~1500 m from the original coastline. The northern tip of the peninsula creates a sheltered area that nurtures different biotic species. A small lake of about 8 hectares was designed to prevent the freshwater lens in the dunes from migrating seaward, which would endanger groundwater extraction from the existing dune area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sand Motor: A Nature-Based Response to Climate Change
Subtitle of host publicationFindings and Reflections of the Interdisciplinary Research Program NatureCoast
Place of PublicationDelft
PublisherDelft University Publishers
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print) 978 94 6384-021-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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