Sand Motor developing as expected
Published: 3 April 2014
Many facets of the Sand Motor are being monitored
Deltares was closely involved with all the calculations and thinking leading up to the Sand Motor and we are also one of the organisations monitoring developments. A major study led by Delft University of Technology, ‘NatureCoast’, was launched in 2012 to implement the monitoring programme. The aim of this multidisciplinary study is to build up a picture of how the Sand Motor is developing and the impact on the surroundings and the ecosystem by making wide-ranging observations. Deltares is involved in several sub-projects. The work involves looking at the morphological development of the coast and the dunes in terms of, for example, bather safety, dune development, geo-chemical environmental effects, the development of fresh/salt groundwater and governance issues.
The Sand Motor as an export product
Even as the peninsula was taking shape, there was considerable foreign interest in the Sand Motor. Arjen Luijendijk, one of the researchers from Deltares who is involved with the Sand Motor: ‘We have two study requests on the go at the moment. In the south of Sweden, we will be conducting a short feasibility study, and there is also interest from Peru. South Africa, Vietnam, The United States, Indonesia and the United Kingdom have been in touch as well.’