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Research

The main objective of the Testerep project is studying the evolution and eventual demise of the Testerep peninsula over the past 5,000 years. To this end, researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and KU Leuven will supplement existing data on old natural (e.g. channels) and human (e.g. dykes) landscape elements with both new terrestrial and marine data

With the use of a wide variety of techniques, including LiDAR, seismic, magnetic and EMI surveys, drilling, excavation and sampling for pollen, 14C and OSL, they will acquire new data across the land-sea boundary.

All existing and newly acquired data will be gathered by the scientists, stored within a GIS database and analyzed via morphological and hydrodynamic models. The final output will consist of paleogeographic maps, advanced 3D reconstructions and interactive 3D simulations of, among other things, the formation of the peninsula and the effect of the closure of the Testerep channel on sediment transport, vulnerability to storm erosion and recovery.