A phototaken from the "CoastSnap Egmond" point.


Egmond aan Zee consists of a 100 meter wide beach and a 20 meter high dune. At the top of the beach, young dunes are forming. Sand is replenished frequently directly in front of the village and there is a lot of human activity on the beach during the summer season. Utrecht University has been researching the natural dynamics of the coast south of Egmond aan Zee for over 25 years, both under and above water. The area is characterized by the sandbanks (two to three, depending on the circumstances) and an intertidal bank. These features play a strong role in the dynamics and movement of sand along this stretch of coast. Directly in front of the village, the natural dynamics, therefore also the position of the waterline, is mainly influenced by the placement of nourishments, often placed towards the seaward side of the deepest sandbank.

Why here?

The position of the waterline in front of the village is influenced by many different factors. With the help of the CoastSnap station we want to understand when the position of the waterline changes and under what circumstances. We pay special attention to nourishments. Below you find video containing a selection of the collected images and their corresponding waterline position.