The Ministry of Waterways (Rijkswaterstraat) will begin an ambitious experiment in the Amelander Inlet on Tuesday.
The Leeuwarder Courant reports that five million cubic meters of sand will be added to the sea bed between the islands of Ameland and Terschelling. The goal of the experiment is to see how the Dutch coastline can sustainably prepare for rising sea levels due to climate change.
The results of the experiment will inform Dutch policy in 2020 for future-proofing the Dutch coastal regions. Measurements were taken in the inlet in 2017 in order to assess the impact of the added sand.
Since the 1990s, the Ministry of Waterways has supplemented roughly 12 million cubic metres of sand annually along the Dutch coasts to combat erosion.
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