New publication on sand trapping fences and aeolian sediment transport

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The restoration and maintenance of beach and dune systems along the North Sea coast is an important ongoing task of coastal protection. This requires a precise knowledge of aeolian sediment transport and its interaction with coastal protection measures. A new publication presents research results on the influence of sand trap fences on the development of the dune footprint and the connection with potential aeolian sand transport.



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Sand trapping fences as nature-based solutions

As a nature-based solution, sand trapping fences can be an integral part of coastal protection measures initiating foredune development. There are few detailed studies on aeolian sediment transport rates on coastal dunes and the trapping efficiency of sand trapping fences available to date.

Within the research project ProDune, field experiments on the East Frisian islands Langeoog and Norderney were conducted, analyzing digital elevation models obtained from repeated unmanned aerial vehicle surveys.

Published in

Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 2021, 9(8), Special Issue Morphodynamic Evolution and Sustainable Development of Coastal Systems

"Influence of Sand Trapping Fences on Dune Toe Growth and Its Relation with Potential Aeolian Sediment Transport" byChristiane Eichmanns and Holger Schüttrumpf, 2021.