Effective Upgrades and REtrofits for Coastal Climate Adaptation (EURECCA)

Flood defenses (dikes, dams and dunes) around the globe are in acute need of upgrades to protect the hinterland against flooding during extreme storm events. Sandy retrofits, where a sandy beach system is placed in front of a flood defense, are a novel engineering approach using sediment instead of stones and asphalt to guarantee coastal safety. However, the  redistribution of sediment and the evolution of different sediment sizes of potential retrofits is not understood in environments which are under the influence of both strong tidal currents and waves (e.g. mixed-energy systems).

The EURECCA project aims to develop robust and quantitative knowledge of mixed-sand transport driven by mixed-energy forcing. The sandy retrofit design evaluation produced by this project will enable market leaders in coastal reinforcement techniques to provide more effective designs for natural reinforcement, ultimately leading to cost reduction and more ecologically beneficial flood defenses.

  • Projectnummer / Project number: 18035
  • Deelnemende kennisinstellingen / Participating institutes: Universiteit Utrecht
  • Gebruikers / Users: 3 bedrijven, 2 organisaties en 1 instituut / 3 companies, 2 organisations and 1 institute
  • Projectleider / Project leader: Dr. ir. M.A. de Schipper, Technische Universiteit Delft
  • Type project / Type project: Lopend
  • Startdatum / Start date: 1-4-2020
  • Einddatum / End date: 1-4-2024
  • Programma / Programme: Open Technologieprogramma
  • Vakgebied / Discipline: Technische Wetenschappen / Engineering Sciences


Drs. Maartje van Dijk (Programmamedewerker) Drs. Maartje van Dijk (Programmamedewerker) +31 (0)30 6001378 m.vandijk@nwo.nl