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27 juli 2021
Groot internationaal veldonderzoek naar klimaatverandering
Door klimaatverandering is de verwachting dat overstromingen en droogtes vaker voorkomen. Daarom werkt een groep onderzoekers van de TU Delft (CiTG) in juli mee aan een groot internationaal veldonderzoek in Spanje.
13 juli 2021
10 jaar Zandmotor een succes!
Vrijdag 1 juli bestond de Zandmotor 10 jaar. Die dag presenteerden Rijkswaterstaat en de Provincie Zuid-Holland de resultaten tijdens het congres Coastal Dynamics (28 juni – 1 juli). De zandmotor blijkt na 10 jaar een succes, zowel voor ecologen, recreanten als voor onderzoekers. Hoogleraar Stefan Aarninkhof: “Ook de komende jaren is de Zandmotor het ‘living lab’ van Coastal Engineering in onze achtertuin.”
01 juli 2021
Strategy for the Netherlands Polar Programme
The aim of the Netherlands Polar Programme (NPP) is to stimulate and support the development and execution of high-quality research in the Arctic and Antarctic. It is a special programme operated by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), financed and commissioned by the Dutch government. The Netherlands has been committed to scientific polar research since it obtained Consultative Party status in the Antarctic Treaty in 1990, and Observer status in the Arctic Council in 1998. This Pole Position-NL 3.0 describes the third integrated polar research strategy (2021–2025). It is complementary to the Netherlands’ Polar Strategy 2021—2025, titled Prepared for Change, published by the government of the Netherlands. The research strategy was developed with the aid of a strategy committee under the auspices of the NPP Programme Committee
Sweet solutions to a salty problem
Some sixty kilometres, all the way up to Gouda, that’s how far inland the Rotterdam Waterway has been carrying salty North Sea water over the last few years. Salt intrusion in Dutch rivers is a growing problem for the country’s drinking water supply and agriculture, not only in the Dutch delta but in deltas worldwide. Julie Pietrzak is trying to find better ways of predicting and combating the problem.
Counting grains of sand to understand coastal dunes
The Dutch coastline is continually changing. Coastal engineer Sierd de Vries is using small ventilators, home-made wind tunnels, drones, jet skis and laser scanners to gain an insight into the development of coastal areas and dune formation. He can often be found sitting close to the Sand Motor counting grains of sand. It’s all in aid of providing more accurate predictions of the long-term changes affecting the coastal landscape.
Delft model protects wind turbines from risks posed by sea ice
Researcher Hayo Hendrikse (CEG) has developed a new model that gives accurate calculations of the effects of sea ice on offshore structures, such as wind turbines and oil and gas platforms. It turns out that ice causes less wear and tear in these structures than was previously assumed. Thanks to a successful partnership with Siemens Gamesa, Hendrikse's model is now being used in the construction of new offshore wind farms.
Into the mud to help nature
Intertidal flats: you might know them from the Wadden Sea area, but they can also be found in the south-western region of the Netherlands. An intertidal flat is an area that is underwater at high tide and above water at low tide, explains De Vet. “The water can rise or fall by five metres within six hours. At low tide, this creates small islands and strips along the coast (tidal flats)”. Intertidal flats are of great ecological value. The lugworms, cockles and crabs living in these areas make them an important pit stop for migratory birds.
Can sandbanks save mangrove forests?
Waking up early and going into the field on a small fishermen's boat, while the sun is rising behind volcano tops. That's how days started for PhD student Silke Tas during her two month fieldwork in Indonesia. The rest of her days were less idyllic: they consisted mostly of treading through the mud to get the right measurements for her research. She studies the workings of coastal sandbanks that give a chance to mangrove forests to restore, so that the forests can, in turn, prevent coast erosion.
Waiting for the perfect storm
For months hydraulic engineer Patrick Oosterlo has been waiting for a heavy storm. One that can truly test his equipment that was installed in and on a dike on the coast of the eastern Wadden Sea. He needs high waves and strong winds to decide: is this dike high enough?