Western Coast of Jutland - Denmark

Complete description of case study





Title Western Coast of Jutland
National level Denmark
Regional level Jutland


The western coast of Jutland belongs to the highly exposed North Sea coast and it is a shoreline of adjustment controlled by promontories, with embayments protected by offshore bars. Many small villages are located on the western coastal strip. Furthermore, the area has a considerable recreational and environmental function. The risk is considered to be high.

Since 1982, engineering solutions have changed from a hard to a soft approach, like beach nourishment. Detached breakwaters are still used, though, with the aim of reducing the nourishment volume needed. Erosion control, with a combination of nourishment and low detached breakwaters, has reduced the retreat rate to an average of zero for the depth range from -6m to +4m. The policy of only nourishing this part of the profile has resulted in a steepening. The beach nourishment stabilizes the beach, but it must be pointed out that shoreface nourishment is a better option for stabilization. The level of safety against flooding has been raised to a return period of more than 100 years by building new dunes and by protecting the foot of the dunes with a revetment.

Another additional positive socio-economic effect is that the beaches have been recovered and can be used for recreational purposes again.


Coastal characteristics
  • Study area: regional scale
  • Type of coast: sandy beaches
  • Tidal regime: micro tidal (0,3-0,8 m)
  • Range of waves : mean Hsig = > 2m and T = 6 s ; Hmax= 6m and T= 10 s. storms : highly exposed
Policy options Hold the line, do nothing, managed realignment and limited intervention
Socio-economic activities Urbanisation, agriculture, tourism and recreation, nature reservation, fisheries and aquaculture.
Engineering techniques Historic: Groins, breakwaters, revetments, reinforcement present dunes, nourishments.
Present: (Detached) breakwaters, nourishments, revetment.


Name Paul Sistermans
Odelinde Nieuwenhuis
Institution DHV group
Address Laan 1914 nr.35, 3818 EX Amersfoort
PO Box 219 3800 AE Amersfoort The Netherlands
Telephone / fax +31 (0)33 468 37 00 / +31 (0)33 468 37 48
Email paul.sistermans@dhv.nl