Deltas in particular are susceptible to phenomena such as climate change, sea level rise and natural disasters. Therefore, coastal defense is important in these areas. Experience has shown that natural solutions are more resilient to resist disturbances. The lectorate Building with Nature investigates how to make maximum use of nature in coastal defense, so that in addition to safety it also offers opportunities for recreation.

Much of the Netherlands has a sandy coast of beaches and dunes. Such a coast can be maintained by the interplay of sand, wind, waves and currents. An example of a Building with Nature approach is to replenish the shortage of sand after which it is left to nature to maintain the coast. An added benefit is being able to recreate on the beach.

Restoration of salt marshes

In addition to sandy coasts, the Netherlands has dikes. Examples of Building with Nature solutions in such areas are artificial oyster reefs or the restoration of salt marshes that reduce wave impact on the dike.

The research group also conducts research into increasing natural values on the dikes themselves. The researchers work a lot on site, in the field or in the laboratory.

Wietse van de Lageweg is lector Building with Nature. He delivered his inaugural address on Nov. 3, 2022: 'Future Shores'.

Projects

Underwater Laboratory

Behind the research facility of NIOZ in Yerseke lie 12 concrete basins that are flooded during…

23 September 2019
31 December 2024
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C-SCAPE

Sand suppletions are one of the most important and most used techniques against…

1 October 2019
31 October 2024
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Members

Lectors

Tjeerd Bouma
Tjeerd Bouma
Wietse van de Lageweg
Wietse van de Lageweg

Coordinators

Jaco de Smit
Jaco de Smit

Researchers

Brenda Walles
Brenda Walles
Chiu Cheng
Chiu Cheng

News

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Fencing young mussels for ecosystem restoration

24 January Read time: 3 min.

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18 December Read time: 1 min.

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