On this page we list projects with multiple NCK partners involved.



Duration: 2023-2032
Partners: UU, TUD, WUR, NIOZ, Deltares, RWS, UT, IHE, TNO (all NCK partners)
Funding: NWO (Large Scale Research Infrastructure)

Deltas and coastal plains are attractive places to live: fertile, flat, open to the sea. These lowlands are, however, also vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise. To better predict how deltas will develop in the future we need a thorough understanding of how organisms, currents, waves, water and sediment together shape the delta landscape. This so-called biogeomorphology lies at the heart of Δ-ENIGMA. The program provides measurement infrastructure for intensive observational and experimental research of the Dutch Delta. This will improve our ability to predict future development of our delta in times of climate change, to ensure safe and sustainable living for the generations to come.


Delta-ENIGMA forms a crucial element in our strategy to strengthen data-driven science in the field of water management, and it will bring the Netherlands globally in a forefront position regarding research infrastructure for studying biogeomorphological processes in engineered deltas. And it will serve as a basis for the Dutch contribution to the pan-European environmental research infrastructure DANUBIUS-RI.



Duration: 2023-2027
Partners: UU, TUD, WUR, NIOZ, Deltares, RWS
Funding: NWO (Perspective)
Website: wadsed.nl


The Wadden Sea and the Ems-Dollard and Western Scheldt estuaries have nationally important navigation channels and globally important ecosystems on tidal flats and coastal wetlands, that also protect the coast against storms. However, dredging costs are escalating, biodiversity is declining, and the sea level is rising. These three threats are magnified by a surplus or deficit of sand and mud, which requires sediment management. The knowledge and tools needed for this pose profound scientific challenges. WadSED will develop the urgently needed system understanding, data analysis tools, and forecasting models for science and expert users, and co-create common ground among stakeholders for future-proof coastal management.


TRAILS: TRacking Ameland Inlet Living Lab Sediment

Duration: 2020-2025
Partners: WUR, NIOZ, TUD, RWS, Deltares
Funding: NWO (TTW)
Website: https://www.wur.nl/trails

Sand nourishment is now the preferred coastal management strategy in the Netherlands to prevent coastal erosion and drowning of intertidal areas of the Wadden Sea. Nourishments aim to enhance safety, while simultaneously promoting natural and recreational values. However, it is poorly understood how nourished sand is dispersed, and what the impacts are for diverse coastal functions like biodiversity, fisheries and safety. In this project, Ameland Inlet is our Living Laboratory to develop and test methods to determine the fate of nourishment sand, and to work with stakeholders to clarify impacts and co-assess nourishment strategies.



Duration: 2020-2026
Partners: UU, TUD, WUR, NIOZ, Deltares, RWS, UT
Funding: NWO (TTW)
Website: https://kbase.ncr-web.org/saltisolutions/

Freshwater is vital for drinking water, nature, agriculture and industry. However, the availability of freshwater is under pressure in deltas throughout the world. Salty seawater is penetrating further up the rivers due to human intervention, such as the deepening of waterways, as equally climate change. Within SALTISolutions, the researchers, together with the partners involved such as Rijkswaterstaat, water boards, port authorities and dredging companies, will produce a virtual model (digital twin) of the Rhine-Meuse Delta. This model will integrate knowledge about processes on various spatial and time scales: from turbulent flows at the smallest scale level to the consequences of climate change in the long-term. They will use this to predict how, where, when, and how long salt from seawater will penetrate, and how measures such as implementing nature-based solutions influence the freshwater supply. These insights will be tested worldwide, as a result of which the position of Dutch delta technology will be further strengthened.


Living Dikes

Duration: 2020-2026
Partners: UT, RWS, Deltares, TUD, NIOZ, UU
Funding: NWO-ORC
Website: https://www.4tu.nl/resilience/news-and-events/news/living-dikes-come-alive/

Living dikes are a promising way to climate‐proof our coast. Living dikes consist of a soft foreland and a green dike. This research facilitates the construction of living dikes by weighing interests, testing living dikes in the field and formulating design rules to be applied by end‐users.


SEAWAD: SEdiment supply At the WAdden Sea ebb-tidal Delta. From system knowledge to mega-nourishments

Duration: 2016-2021
Partners: TUD, UU, UT, Deltares, RWS
Funding: NWO
Website: https://www.researchgate.net/SEAWAD

The Dutch coastal zone is prone to flooding. The Netherlands has chosen to protect the coast by means of soft adaptive solutions such as (mega) nourishments with the aim of maintaining the coastline. At present the sediment volume in the Wadden Sea coastal zone is insufficient due to the export towards the tidal basins. This is exacerbated by the accelerated sea-level rise and subsidence and subsequently larger nourishment volumes are requiered in the near future. Mega-nourishments like the Sand Motor turned out to be efficient. However, the morphological and ecological impacts of such a large-scale intervention in a complex system as the ebb-tidal delta of the Wadden Sea are insufficiently known. This is all the more critical, as the anticipated mega-nourishments will be in the vicinity of the protected World Heritage area. Within SEAWAD, we develop the system knowledge and tools to predict the effects of mega-nourishments on morphology and ecology (benthos distribution).


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