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NCK Summer School: Estuarine and Coastal Processes in relation to Coastal Zone Management

  • 17 - 28 June 2024
  • Texel
  • Environmental Life Sciences, Geosciences
  • 3.0 ECTS


The bi-annual summer school of the Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research (NCK) has the objective to provide young engineers and scientists, specializing in coastal and estuarine processes with a common background in knowledge, tools and skills.


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.

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.

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) has introduced the slogan “The Netherlands, a safe and liveable delta, now and in the future”, which has been elaborated into the Deltaprogramme-2015 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.

Former occurrences of this course

12-24 June 2022   |   7-18 June 2021   |   17-28 June 2019   |   26 June – 7 July 2017   |   15-26 June 2015   |   1-12 July 2013