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1 September 2013 COVER PHOTOGRAPH AND FRONT MATTER: SOUTH HOLLAND COAST, THE NETHERLANDS

An innovative soft engineering intervention, comprising an unprecedented 21.5 Mm3 sand nourishment known as the Sand Engine, has recently been implemented on the South Holland coast just north of Ter Heyde, the Netherlands. This intervention complies with earlier ideas as advocated by Per Bruun, our sadly missed coastal scientist in favor of nourishment as a reply to sea level rise. The 21.5 Mm3 Sand Engine nourishment is a pilot project to test the efficacy of local meganourishments as a counter measure for the anticipated enhanced coastal recession in the 21st century. The proposed concept*, a single mega-nourishment, is expected to be more efficient, economical and environmentally friendly in the long term than traditional beach and shoreface nourishments presently being used to negate coastal recession. The above picture shows the Sand Engine at low water in March 2013; note the intriguing up drift morphological variability. (Photograph courtesy of Rijkswaterstaat/Joop van Houdt and caption by Marcel Stive).

* Stive, M.J.F.; de Schipper, M.; Luijendijk, A.; Ranasinghe, R.; Aarninkhof, S., and van Gelder-Maas, C., 2013. A new alternative to saving our beaches from sea level rise: The Sand Engine. Journal of Coastal Research, 29(5), 1001—1008.

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"COVER PHOTOGRAPH AND FRONT MATTER: SOUTH HOLLAND COAST, THE NETHERLANDS," Journal of Coastal Research 29(5), (1 September 2013). https://doi.org/10.2112/1551-5036-29.5.fmii
Published: 1 September 2013
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