NCK theme day Impacts of sorting processes 11 jan 2018On Thursday, the 11th of January a NCK symposium entitled 'Impact of bed sediment composition on the environment' will be organised in the Art-Centre in Delft. The symposium will focus on the bed composition of the Dutch coast and the relevant abiotic and biotic processes in general. Two keynotes, by Steven Degraer (University of Ghent) and Maarten Kleinhans (University of Utrecht) will set the scene and several reseachers and PhD-students will share their insight and latest findings. The preliminary programme is now available on the event page. View it and register now!

You are cordially invited to the 15th Littoral Conference from 22 to 26 October 2018 at Van Hall Larenstein University Applied Sciences in the 2018 Cultural Capital of Europe, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. The conference will provide a platform for everybody interested in coastal research, conservation, management and education. Together with the European Coastal Community, we have determined the main themes that will be presented during the Littoral 2018 conference, as follows:

  • GREEN COASTS: Natural and resilient coasts
  • CLEAN SEAS: Protection of the marine environment
  • BLUE GROWTH: Sustainable development in the coastal & marine environment

Together with these main themes, several sub-themes will be determined based on the approved abstracts. Your own ideas for a sub-theme are welcome as well. Submit your proposal for a presentation or discussion session. Please provide a clear title for your proposed paper, your name(s), affiliations and an e-mail contact for the corresponding author. Also provide between 5 and 10 key words or phrases. The main body of the abstract for your proposed paper should not exceed 350 words. Submit proposals by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the 28th of February 2018. See www.vhluniversity.com/littoral2018 for more details on the conference and registration. 

The Littoral 2018 committee on behalf of EUCC.
Albert Salman, Chair, EUCC Executive Committee
Prof. Dr. habil. Gerald Schernewski, President of the Coastal & Marine Union

Seawad Kusgenese media

How much sediment is exchanged between North Sea and Wadden Sea and what are the dominant processes? How do bed forms in the channels and on the shoals look like and do they migrate? What is the sediment composition of channels and shoals? Where can we find worms or bivalves on the ebb-tidal delta and how abundant are they? To answer these questions, and many more, recently a unique field campaign was carried out in the Ameland tidal inlet system from the end of August till early October as part of the SEAWAD and Kustgenese 2.0 projects. In these projects NCK partners Rijkswaterstaat, Deltares, Delft University of Technology, Utrecht University and University of Twente join their forces. 

To give a short overview: Five frames were deployed on the delta, each one fully equipped to measure flows, turbulence, waves, bed forms and suspended sediment size distributions and concentrations. Further, many box-cores and bed samples were taken for benthos and sediment analysis, sediment tracers were released and recovered, Jet-ski’s and Zodiacs assisted in drifter experiments, 13-hour transect measurements were done, bed levels were measured by Multibeam, and Aquadopp profilers measured flow across the tidal watersheds. In total 6 ships and over 35 people were involved. A lot of valuable data has been gathered and coming months and years the data will be analyzed.

Media attention field campaign

There was a news item on the national television (Watch from 09:48) featuring Bram van Prooijen (TUD) and Judith Litjens (RWS). Furthermore, there was an item in KRO Brandpunt, featuring Laura Brakenhoff (UU) and Judith Litjens (RWS), in which you can see the retrieval of the Aquadopp profilers.

Further information

More information about SEAWAD, the field campaign and Kustgenese 2.0 can be found via the following links.