Morphology of the Southern North Sea Coast from Cape Blanc-Nez (F) to Den Helder (NL)

by B. Lahousse, Harbour and Engineering Consultants, Ghem, Belgium,
P. Clabaut, Harbour and Engineering Consultants, Ghem, Belgium,
H. Chamley, Harbour and Engineering Consultants, Ghem, Belgium,
L. van der Valk, Harbour and Engineering Consultants, Ghem, Belgium,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of the Southern North Sea

Abstract: The southeastern North Sea coast of France, Belgium and the Netherlands (up to Den Helder) is characterized by coastal dunes, sandy beaches and a shallow, gently shoreface. In the Delta area (southwestern Netherlands) the straight coastline is interrupted by a number of estuaries. The closure of several of these estuaries has resulted in significant morphological changes in this area since the past few decades. Offshore the French, Belgian and Netherlands coastlines, sets of large sand banks occur at various depths. A morphological description of the various sand bank systems is given. Their origin is not yet fully understood. Over the last two centuries, changes in the coastal morphology and sedimentology of the southeastern North Sea are due to both natural processes and human activities.

Subject Headings: Coastal processes | Seas and oceans | Light rail transit | Coastal management | Dynamic models | Coastal environment | Mathematical models | Shores | North Sea | Netherlands | France | Europe | Belgium

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