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'Artist impression' of Leffinge before the diking (10th century AD), © Middelkerke

5000 years of coastal evolution

The Flemish coastal region was formed by a long and complex history. The modern landscape is the result of the interaction between both natural processes and human interventions. Although research into the history of this region has already provided us with a lot of fascinating information. But many questions still remain. For example, how the coastline evolved over the past 5000 years.

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The Testerep project


Gain insight into how our coastline has evolved over the past 5000 years, through state of the art interdisciplinary scientific research

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With the use of computer modeling, we'll resurrect Testerep and learn about the human and natural effects on the landscape.

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Who are our stakeholders? In what project wil the research be applied? Which valorizationprojects are planned?

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Be part of this unique theatrical and musical procession!

Join, alone or in group, theater group Vagevuur in a unique theatrical and musical procession. Songs will be performed at set times and moments over a distance of 12 km, in order to bring Testerep back to life. The procession will take place in Ostend, Roeselare, Ghent, Brussels and Leuven. Be sure not to miss this spectacle!

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VLIZ researchers collect drill cores and seismic information at sea.

For the second time this year, researchers from the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) came ashore with cores and seismic data from the drowned area of the Testerep peninsula. During a targeted campaign of four days, between Ostend and Nieuwpoort, the scientists collected 25 drill cores and more than 45 km of seismic traces. These, after analysis, will provide important information about the history of Testerep.


VUB team looking for traces of Testerep in the landscape.

Researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) recently visited the known and possible dikes of the former Testerep Peninsula. These dikes are usually still visible in the landscape in the shape of plot boundaries and roads, and sometimes also in the form of small differences in height. The purpose of the site visit was to identify suitable locations for sampling and other field work later this year.