The Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research (NCK), the Waddenacademie and Rijkswaterstaat have organised a webinar on the interaction between biotic and abiotic factors in the Wadden sea on the 18th of May, 2021.

The aim of this theme day was to deepen the knowledge of the interaction between some key biotic and abiotic factors in the Dutch Wadden Sea. Pre-recorded movies as well as a reflection by RWS on the topic is available at the event page. Below, the recording of the entire webinar is shown.


On the 1st of July, the results of 10 years of research on the Sand Motor will be presented.

In 2011 we started a pilot project: the Sand Motor. An artificial sandbank, an important boost for innovative coastline maintenance and a perfect example of Building with Nature. Thanks to the influence of the wind and the sea currents, the Sand Motor has now grown into a beautiful nature reserve and recreational area. Its development is being closely followed and is receiving a great deal of international attention.

Ten years of research and special collaborations have resulted in an innovative way to maintain the coastal area, new possibilities for nature and visitors, and wealth of knowledge. A unique connection between nature, science and society. We will present the results of this project during the final conference on the 1st of July 2021. This event is marking 10 years of the Sand Motor and is part of the international Coastal Dynamics conference.

Sign up for this milestone via the Coastal Dynamics conference website. Programme details are available now. You can attend the event live* or online. On July the 2nd you can take part in the field trip to the Sand Motor itself. The fieldtrip* will give you a unique insight in the background knowledge of this pilot project, presented by involved researchers and managers.

*For live attendance and field trip we have limited availability, depending on the COVID restrictions on the 1st of July.

River2Coast-NL will be the Netherlands (NL) participation in DANUBIUS-RI. Contributions to three DANUBIUS-RI components are currently being developed:

  • Rhine Meuse Delta Supersite
  • Modelling Node
  • Impact Node

The Rhine-Meuse Delta in the Netherlands is one of the best studied deltas in the world, hosting world-class research institutes. The delta has experienced a 1000-year long history of land reclamation and engineering, resulting in a near-completely cultivated, densely populated, highly industrialized, and intensively managed delta, that currently suffers from land subsidence and shortage of sediment and has become highly sensitive to flooding.

The Rhine-Meuse Delta Supersite will offer access to a combination of a unique delta-wide network for long-term field observation and state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor experimental facilities, which can be enriched with numerical model simulations. The facilities enable the collection of essential information on water movement, sediment dynamics and quality, and bio-geomorphology at the delta scale, and will provide detailed insight in the governing processes and their controls. This will enable us to fundamentally understand the functioning and the critical processes of change of deltas. That knowledge is essential to assess the resilience of delta-ecosystems, to predict the long-term effects of future interventions in deltas, and to design innovative nature-based solutions to mitigate potential impacts of future climate change and sea level rise on deltas worldwide. This will also sustain a liveable, navigable and biodiverse Rhine-Meuse Delta, protected from flooding by the rivers and sea.

River2Coast-NL aims to contribute high end modeling facilities to the Italian-led Modelling Node. This Node aims to provide: common models for representing and analysis of river-sea systems; a laboratory for researchers; a common basis of regional and local studies (Supersites); the basis for socio-economic evaluations with stakeholders.

The Impact Node will facilitate knowledge development at the interface between natural and social sciences. It develops methodologies and tools to solve management problems in highly complex and dynamic river-sea systems, and transfers scientific output and practical tools to users, including those in the NL Rhine-Meuse Delta.

River2Coast-NL applied with its proposal ‘DANUBIUS-NL’ for a position on the new Dutch, national NWO roadmap Large-Scale Scientific Research Infrastructures 2021-2024. DANUBIUS-NL is now on the Landscape, and the new roadmap will be published in 2021. Positioning DANUBIUS-NL on the NWO roadmap will greatly support River2Coast-NL in developing the NL participation in DANUBIUS-RI.

River2Coast-NL is jointly developed by scientists from key-research institutes, being all NCK partners, Radboud University Nijmegen and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Our sister organisation NCK (Netherlands Centre for River Studies) also endorses the development of River2Coast-NL.

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