Sustainable coastal protection through a combination of salt marshes and dykes

According to University of Twente PhD candidate Pim Willemsen, natural salt marshes can help to improve the strength and sustainability of traditional coastal defences. These ecosystems will expand as sea levels rise and dampen both small and large waves, thus reducing the impact on traditional coastal protection such as dykes and sea walls. Pim Willemsen carried out his research at the Department of Water Engineering and Management of the University of Twente and at the Estuarine & Delta Systems Department of NIOZ in Yerseke. He will defend his thesis on this subject on Friday 22 January 2021.

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