Since climate change and the sea level rise caused by it cause a growing threat to the Dutch coastlines and flood safety, experts are searching for new methods to protect the land and its inhabitants from the rising sea.
- Wageningen University & Research
- Emilia Marte Jorge
- Floris Buijs
- Tessa Pouwelse
- Tim van Velzen
In the past, this solution has mainly been sought inlands, by building dikes and reinforcing dunes. In this project, a solution will be discussed that will take place in the Voordelta.
The Banjaard is an existing sandbank located on the coast of Noord-Beveland, in the province of Zeeland. It lies in front of the Oosterscheldekering, the mechanical flood defense system that was built in response to the 1953 flood. This area and the existing sandbank will be the playing field for a project that involves creating an island in front of the coastline of Noord-Beveland that will be resilient to future changes in the sea level and other changes due to climate change, like more frequent and more fierce storms. Another goal of this project will be to provide a habitat for flora and fauna living in this part of the coast, which will in their place play a role in the resilience of the flood defense. In this way the biological and ecological aspects of the coastal zone will be improved, and a flood defense is designed that is resilient to future changes.
This project will be a continuation of the research done by students of Wageningen University (Menheere, et al., 2022) and will be based on the designs made and presented in their research.