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'Artist impression' of Leffinge in a natural tidal landscape before dike building (10th century AD), © Middelkerke

5000 years of coastal evolution

The Flemish coast has 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 information, many detailed questions still remain, for example, exactly how the coastline evolved over the past 5000 years.

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The Testerep project

Research

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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Results

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

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Valorization

Who are our stakeholders? How will they apply our research results? Which valorization projects are planned?

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Research

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

Read more

Results

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

Read more

Valorization

Who are our stakeholders? How will they apply our research results? Which valorization projects are planned?

Read more

 

News

Read more about the Testerep research in the newspaper 'De Morgen'.

A journalist from 'De Morgen' was on board the vessel Simon Stevin and searched for the remains of 'Het Atlantis' off the Belgian coast.

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Testerep at the Middelkerke information market

Today there is an information market in De Branding in Middelkerke about the reconstruction of the Middelkerke sea dike, planned for 2025. The work will be carried out in phases, according to a concept similar to that in Westende. The Testerep project also provides insight into the evolution of the coastline over the last 5,000 years, presented on three informative panels.

 

Stakeholdermeeting Testerep

At the end of April, the 5th stakeholder meeting of the Testerep project took place. Besides getting an update on our latest research results and public outreach plans, the attendees participated in a brainstorm about the contributions that historical research can make to contemporary coastal management. In 2025, we will follow up on this in a dedicated workshop, organised in collaboration with partners from industry and policy. More info in the coming months!