NEMO is a coastal engineering research project which is going to give us unprecedented insights into the complex processes along our coast with an innovative field campaign and strategic process based numerical modelling.

Passionate research in the NeMo domain

On the 31st of March the first findings of the research around the Sand Engine are presented at a conference in Kijkduin. The Sand Engine is located in our NeMo domain and Nemo team members Marcel, Jaap and Sierd illustrate some of the methods and importance of our research in the video.

The Sand Motor - Passionate Research

The Sand Engine Churns to Bring Sand to the Beach

1st test round with the Multicopter!

Tide around the Sand Engine

The water level at sea continuously changes in a 12 hour cycle around mean sea level: the tidal cycle. Around the Sand Engine, the water level varies over a range of about 2m: the tidal range (lower figure). The pictures on the left show the Sand Engine at low tide (upper figure) and high tide (middle figure). During flood (increasing water levels) the water enters the basin through the channels surrounding the Sand Engine. The water isolates the Sand Engine from the main land temporarily turning it into an island. At high tide, the Sand Engine is largely inundated. In any coastal area it is important to realize that these areas are highly dynamic. When entering the Sand Engine at low tide, it is important to realize that water depth will increase in time (up to 35cm/hour!). Therefore it is more safe to enter the Sand Engine during ebb (decreasing water levels). It gives you time to return safely to the main land.

Tide predictions can be found online at

NEMO funding

The NeMo project is funded through the European Research Council within the seventh framework programme (FP7)

Doployment of NEMO lander

NEMO team has big meeting

The NEMO-team had a scientific meeting yesterday with some esteemed coastal scientist from the Netherlands and abroad. From America we were joined by Rob Holman and Mick Haller.