The Sand Motor is a popular research location. Researchers from various universities and other knowledge institutes have been closely following the development of the Sand Motor since its construction.
They ask questions like: How does sand spread along the coast? To what extent does the Sand Motor contribute to coastal safety? How will nature develop in the shallow sea, on the beach and in the dunes? Are more fish and birds coming to the new coastline? And what effect will the new landscape have on recreational activities?
10 years Building with Nature
The evaluation of 10 years of Building with Nature shows that the coast is broadening, dune growth is developing well and recreational users appreciate the area. The Sand Motor also contributes to knowledge development about coastal management and maintenance and inspires other coastal protection projects worldwide.
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Data collection for new insights
Researchers mapped out various values for the construction of the Sand Motor, but the work did not stop there. To find answers to all kinds of questions, the researchers are collecting data on:
- spreading sand;
- flora and fauna;
- swimming safety;
- dune development;
- recreational use.
This data is collected in different ways, using a radar installation, depth and height measurements with jet skis, current buoys, observations and inventories of the landscape and nature.
The data is open access and can be viewed with data processing software.