NCK Summer School

€ 5.520 excl. VAT

This course provides young engineers and scientists specializing in coastal and estuarine processes with a common background in knowledge, tools and skills.

Estuarine and Coastal Processes in relation to Coastal Zone Management

The bi-annual summer school of the Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research (NCK) has the objective to provide young engineers and scientists, specializing in coastal and estuarine processes with a common background in knowledge, tools and skills.


The NCK Summer School covers a range of physical and ecological topics in the coastal area. As a central theme, it links these topics to the Dutch Wadden Sea area and its surroundings, i.e. including the barrier islands and the North Sea.

Intended for

The NCK Summer School is open for all NCK PhD-students. Moreover, we aim at participation of young staff members of the non-academic NCK-partners, as well as participants from other organizations with interest in the NCK-curriculum.
Because of the intensity of the programme and available accommodation, the total number of participants is limited to 24. In case of more than 24 applications, the organizers will make a selection based on criteria to be decided upon in cooperation with the NCK Programme Committee.

Coastal zone management case studies

Safety against flooding in an optimal combination with other coastal functions like nature, recreation and sustainable economic activities, is the principal objective of coastal zone management. This general notion has been specified in the law (Waterwet, 2009), in EU Directives (Birds- and Habitat Directive, Water Framework Directive and Marine Strategy Framework Directive) and policy documents. The Nationaal Waterplan (2009) has introduced the slogan “The Netherlands, a safe and liveable delta, now and in the future”, which has been elaborated into the Deltaprogramme-2015 aiming at improvement of safety conditions on the short (until 2015), medium (2015-2050) and long term (> 2050).
Considering the Wadden Sea, issues in the Delta-programme and in coastal zone management may be divided into two coherent subjects: management of the island coasts and management of the Wadden Sea basins. From these subjects several topics will be selected to be analysed in groups consisting of four to five participants.

Example topics are:

  • How do nourishments affect nearshore morphology and hydrodynamics? What is the effect on the coastline position and on safety?
  • Which might be the effects on probability of dune breaching and on dune development in case of a general of a reduction in nourishment frequency?
  • What is the effect of large scale developments in the outer delta on the adjacent coast?
  • What is the role of fine sediments in defining morphological and ecological characteristics of the Wadden Sea?
  • Is it possible to preserve or (re)create valuable salt marshes under conditions of a changing climate?
  • What is the magnitude and quality of sediment exchange between the North Sea and the Wadden Sea?

Other activities

All participants will get the opportunity to gain some practice in field measurements, including an introduction to different measurement techniques. In addition to the course lectures and case studies, the course includes dedicated lectures and field trips to enhance the participant’s understanding of the Wadden Sea physical and eco-system and its management issues, such as gas mining and shell-fish fisheries. All participants are expected to present their own research through a poster. A poster session has been scheduled in the second week of the summer school.

This Summer School is presented in English.

In cooperation with NCK.

Course leader

dr. ir. Ad Reniers

Delft University of Technology Civil Engineering and Geosciences

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  • "Goede Summer school. Hoewel het programma behoorlijk vol was, vond ik de Summerschool erg leuk. Ad Reniers is echt een goede gastheer!"
    Rinse Wilmink
    RWS Corporate Dienst
  • "De algemene inhoud van de Summer school is van zeer hoge kwaliteit."
    Rohit Kulkarni
  • "Al met al had ik een fantastische tijd, leerde ik veel en had ik ook wat plezier!"
    Stuart Pearson
    TU Delft - CITG

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