Research into the Sand Motor

The Sand Motor is a popular research location. Since its construction, researchers from various universities and other knowledge institutes have been following developments closely. They ask questions such as: How does the sand spread along the coast? To what extent does the Sand Motor contribute to coastal safety? How will nature develop in the shallow sea, on the beach and in the dunes? Are more fish and birds coming to the new coastline? And what effect will the new landscape have on people’s recreation?

Data collection for new insights

The researchers mapped out various values ​​for the construction of the Sand Motor. The work didn’t stop there. They have always continued to collect data about the Sand Motor. To find answers to all questions. The researchers collect data on:

  • flow;
  • spreading sand;
  • flora and fauna;
  • swimming safety;
  • dune development;
  • groundwater;
  • recreational use.

They collect this data in different ways. This includes a radar installation, depth and height measurements with jet skis, current buoys, observations and inventories of the landscape and nature.

5 years of the Sand Motor: an interim evaluation

In 2021 – 10 years after the construction of the Sand Motor – all studies will come together in one evaluation. So wait a little longer. Curious about the first results in the meantime? Then view the interim evaluation of 2016.