2017 has known a good start for WEM-MFS as the ShoreScape project on ‘Sustainable co-evolution of the natural and built environment along sandy shores’, secured funding from the latest NWO - Topsector Water call.

The ShoreScape project
The project aims to develop knowledge, tools and design principles for dynamic occupation of the land-sea interface, to enhance Building with Nature processes and exploit its potential for the spatial development of multi-functional coastal environments – shorescapes.

The sandy, dune-aligned west coast of the Netherlands is employed as a Living Lab to study interaction of sediment flows and building-configurations in the beach-dune environment, both experimentally and through modelling, and develop design principles to support these dynamics.

Project partners
The research team, led by dr Kathelijne Wijnberg (UT), further consists of dr Jan Mulder (UT), prof dr Suzanne Hulscher (UT), Janneke van Bergen (TUD, PhD candidate), dr Steffen Nijhuis (TUD), and will be complemented by two more UT researchers (1 PhD, 1 Postdoc).

Project partners, besides University of Twente – Water Engineering & Management and  TU Delft – Urbanism, are Deltares, Wageningen Marine Research, Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier, Rijkswaterstaat, Witteveen&Bos, and H+N+S Landscape Architects.