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Future Shoreline Changes

The future shoreline dataset is visible if you zoom into level 12 and further (2km scale). You can click on the black circles with white stroke to show estimates of future shorelines under different emission scenario's. Below, the legend for typical historical and predicted shoreline position changes over time is shown.

The procedure to produce the dataset and the findings are discussed in the following paper: Vousdoukas et. al., 2020, Nature Climate Change.

This dataset is created in collaboration with the Joint Research Centre.

Methods to derive historical shoreline changes can be found in: Luijendijk et. al., 2018, Nature Scientific Reports. For more information visit: Deltares ShorelineMonitor..

Long-term Shoreline Changes (1984-2016)

The bars represent the erosion/accretion along coasts, every 500m, over the period 1984-2016. Green bars indicate where shoreline accretion has occurred (natural accretion, land reclamation, nourishments). Red bars indicate erosive shorelines, based on a linear fit through shoreline positions. If you're zoomed in you can click on a profile to see a time series chart.


The results of the global analysis and methods can be found in: Luijendijk et al., 2018, Scientific Reports.

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This dataset is created in collaboration with the Delft University of Technology.

For the estimates of future shorelines please visit: Future Shorelines.

Surface water changes (1985-2016)

Green and blue colors represent areas where surface water changes occured during the last 30 years. Green pixels show where surface water has been turned into land (accretion, land reclamation, droughts). Blue pixels show where land has been changed into surface water (erosion, reservoir construction).

The results of the analysis are published in:

Donchyts et.al, 2016, Nature Climate Change