ICON.NL - Coastline observation to examine coastal dynamics in response to natural forcing and human interventions

S.G.J. Aarninkhof, M.A. de Schipper, A. Luijendijk, B.G. Ruessink, M.F.P. Bierkens, K.M. Wijnberg, J.A. Roelvink, J. Limpens, M.J. Baptist, M. Riksen, T.J. Bouma, S. de Vries, A.J.H.M. Reniers, S.J.M.H. Hulscher, A. Wijdeveld, A. van Dongeren, C. van Gelder-Maas, Q. Lodder, A.J.F. van der Spek

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Climate change and rising population pressure are driving increasing risk for coastal domains worldwide, and especially for low-lying deltas. Yet, our knowledge base to manage or mitigate these challenges lags behind. Modern-day sustainable coastal design concepts (e.g. ‘Building with Nature’) demand fundamental insight into the complex interplay of hydrodynamic, morphological and ecological processes. In the past, improved understanding was mostly based on laboratory experiments or dedicated theoretical research on isolated processes. However, field observations have revealed that the coastal system behaves as a nonlinear dynamic system with emergent behaviour of unknown predictability for many processes. To cater for these new paradigms, Dutch coastal scientists are in urgent need of a world-class, natural coastline observatory to ensure continuous, long-term and highresolution monitoring of coastal processes.
We therefore propose the establishment of a facility named ICON.NL, the first node in an envisioned International Coastline Observatories Network (ICON).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventNCK-Days 2018 - Teylers Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands
Duration: 21 Mar 201823 Mar 2018


ConferenceNCK-Days 2018


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