One of the main goals of the ENDURE project, is to deliver solutions to real world dune management problems.
This is necessary because dunes are an important part of the coastal defence system within in the 2 Seas region.
In many places along the coast, the development of the dunes is altered by the presence of buildings and other infrastructure in the coastal zone.
Buildings can disturb the natural processes that occur on the beach and in the dunes.
Depending on their location and depth, the presence of buildings might not directly impact coastal safety. However the future effects of climate change (for example sea level rise) make it more difficult to ensure dune resilience. One of the goals of this project, is to develop a simple tool to visualise the effect of building on dunes.
The study focussed on two different effects that occur due to the presence of buildings:
It must be noted that the research into these types of effects are very separated and it is difficult to find information about the two processes being incorporated.
The visualisation has also been simplified to make it accessible to a wider audience.
Within this tool the effect of buildings on a dune is visualised. The following aspects are examples of how the tool might be used:
Within the tool you can choose from different aspects: storm conditions, sea level rises and types of building to show the effect, but there is also the possibility to compare effects next to each other. Results will be shown in a transect and on a map with the cross-shore and longshore effects.
A presentation by HHNK on how the tool works, can be found on the ENDURE YouTube channel.