Course details
Course general details
NCK Summer School: Estuarine and Coastal Processes in relation to Coastal Zone Management
Course contents
Jul 1, 2013
Jul 12, 2013
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.
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) introducing the slogan: “The Netherlands, a safe and liveable delta, now and in the future”, develops a first elaboration of the Delta-programme 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?
• What is the effect of large scale hard structures (e.g. the ‘Eierlandse Dam’ jetty) on the adjacent coast?
• What is the effect of large scale hard structures on the evolution of a tidal inlet and the back barrier basin?
• How do sea level rise and gas extraction affect large scale stability of the Wadden Sea basins?
• What is the magnitude and quality of sediment exchange between the North Sea and the Wadden Sea?
• Which factors determine habitat characteristics (e.g. tidal marshes)?

These topics will be related to specific case studies to be analysed by the participants during the summer school. NCK-postdocs will supervise the work on the case studies. On the last day of the summer school each group will present their results.
The bi-annual summer school of the Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research (NCK) has the objective to provide young Dutch engineers and scientists, specializing in coastal and estuarine processes with a common background in knowledge, tools and skills.

All participants will get the opportunity to gain some practice in field measurements, amongst others an introductory survey-trip on the NIOZ research vessel Navicula.
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, shell-fish fisheries, etc.
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.

Optional pre-summer school experiment on tidal dynamics of Vlie inlet (June 26 – 28)
Preceding the start of the summer school, from Wednesday June 26th until Friday June 28th, a 13 hours field experiment is planned on board of the NIOZ research vessel Navicula, measuring tidal dynamics in the inlet Vlie. A limited number of students (max_5) may participate in this experiment. There are no additional costs for participation. Those who are interested are kindly requested to indicate this on their application form.

For more details, see flyer. J.A. Roelvink (UNESCO-IHE/Deltares)
Dr. K.M. Wijnberg (University of Twente)
Dr. J.P.M. Mulder (Deltares/University of Twente) M.J. Baptist (IMARES Wageningen UR/VHL)

Course conditions
Apr 6, 2013
To limit the costs of the course, no printed course material will be supplied in advance. Instead, after the course all lectures, and possibly some additional background material provided by the lecturers, will be put on Dropbox. Some course material can also be consulted during the course, through laptops and internet connection available to the participants.
The courses of the summer school will be held in:

Dorpshuis ‘De Waldhoorn’
Herenstraat 30
1797 AH Den Hoorn (Texel, the Netherlands)
T: +31 (0)222 319888
E: External link

The lecturers, organizing staff and participants will stay in holiday bungalows in:

Texelcamping Loodsmansduin
Rommelpot 19
1797 RN Den Hoorn (Texel, the Netherlands)
T: +31 (0)222 317208
E: External link

The participants will share twin-bedded rooms in 4-person bungalows; breakfast is to be organized by the participants themselves.
Locations for field surveys as well as the offices of NIOZ and IMARES will be visited by bicycle, the rent of which is included in the course fee.

Local logistics: H. Ridderinkhof (NIOZ) M.J. Baptist (IMARES Wageningen UR/VHL)

Mrs. T. Bruinsma (PAO)

Mr. R. Boom (Texel Catering)


Target group
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 close concert with the NCK Programme Committee.

The official language of the course is English. All lectures and lecture material will thus be presented in English.

Course fee
The course fee for NCK-PhD-students is € 1.395 (excl. taxes) and for all other participants € 2.650 (excl. taxes). These fees include board and lodging (breakfast and towels are not included), course material, bicycle and a number of excursions, and last but not least a fortnight of high-level lectures and training.

Registration is possible by regular mail, by email or on the website:
Stichting PAO
Antwoordnummer 10037
2600 VB Delft
External link

When registering, please include the following information:
1. NCK summer school 2013
2. PhD-student yes / no
3. Participation in pre-summer school experiment yes / no
4. A digital photograph (pasfoto)

Participants will be informed about their admission no later than April 26 and will receive relevant documentation in June.

Website Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research (NCK)

Feb 26, 2013
Registration Closed