Deltas are characterised by their multifunctional use of space: agriculture, fishing, industrial areas, housing and recreation. Wageningen Marine Research investigates the effects of these activities on the estuarine and marine ecosystem in delta areas. Sustainability is key.
Important issues are research into sustainable sand mining strategies and the possibilities for building natural coastal protection. Wageningen Marine Research makes use of literature study, fieldwork, experiments, case control studies and databases and knowledge that was collected during long-term monitoring projects.