A comparative study of beach nourishment methods in selected areas of the coasts of the United Kingdom and The Netherlands

Slobodan Mickovski, Steven Walvin

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Combating coastal erosion and sea level rise puts constant pressure on local authorities and government departments to ensure cost effective and environmental sustainable practices are used and the outcomes of reducing flooding and erosion are achievable. This study assesses and compares the coast protection policies and practices at two case study locations in the southern North Sea: those of Lincolnshire and Netherlands coastlines. The coastal policies of these two countries have been manipulated under repeated threat of disaster since the 1953 storm surge.
The five year rolling Lincshore beach nourishment practice is considered against the innovative mega-nourishment sand-motor project of the South Holland coastline. The latter is expected to last for 20 years and so its cost effectiveness, efficiency and environmental sustainability is discussed and compared to the Lincshore programme.
The availability and extraction techniques of the sediment material used for both schemes are discussed and the environmental impacts associated with dredging are analyzed. The environmental impacts of dredging are compared to beam trawling while discussing the pros and cons of dredging as a less environmentally damaging technique to the seabed habitat than beam trawling.
Recommendations are aimed at the industry and include advice on how to reduce the environmental effects and implications from dredging and beam trawling. Further research into the effectiveness of beach nourishment programmes is also recommended. Rationale is provided on why mega-nourishment projects should be considered by all coastal bound local authorities and why the sand-motor is an effective and innovative option for coastal protection and environmental sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoastal Cities 2015
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference on Coastal Cities and Their Sustainable Future
PublisherWIT Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-84564-911-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-84564-910-4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on The Built Environment
PublisherWIT Press


  • beach nourishment methods
  • integrated coastal zone management
  • United Kingdom
  • The Netherlands
  • protection policies
  • protection practices
  • dredging
  • trawling


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