SeaDarQ monitors currents around 20 mln m2 of sand

The Sand Motor is an innovative method for coastal protection. The Sand Motor (also known as Sand Engine) is a huge volume of sand that will be applied along the coast of South-Holland at Ter Heijde in 2011. Wind, waves and currents will spread the sand naturally along the coast of South-Holland. This is called ‘Building with Nature’. The Sand Motor will gradually change in shape and will eventually be fully incorporated into the dunes and the beach. The coast will be broader and safer.

 On 20 of September, SeaDarQ organized a test together with Dutch Ministry of Transport and Water Management. Test was located on the coastline close to the small village of Kijkduin.

The aim was to provide an accurate hydrographic map of currents, depth and waves around the area of Sand Engine project, where 20 mln of sand was deployed in order  to protect the coastline dunes from penetrating waves. Long term SeaDarQ system during test in Sand Engineobservation project including building observation tower for radar is planned as the conducted trial was successful.

 SeaDarQ has revealed the influence of deposited sand on the currents, which deviate from original pattern along the Sand Engine site. More tests in that area are scheduled for incoming months. Further information on Sand Engine Project can be found on:


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