Urban resilience

Over 500 million people worldwide live in rapidly urbanizing deltas. These highly dynamic urban regions form the heart of our economy and are constantly expanding. At the same time, they are becoming increasingly more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels, increased river discharge, extreme weather conditions, subsidence and limited access to resources pose significant risks to the people in these regions. Demographic and socio-economic pressures add to the challenge.

Deltares aims to help urbanizing deltas around the world to become more resilient to physical, social, and economic challenges. Our starting point in dealing with urban resilience is looking at the city as an urban ecosystem. We specifically focus on working on the urban water and subsurface system of the urban ecosystem. We seek ways to mitigate risks and realise the potentials of urban areas, allowing for sustainable, inclusive and climate-robust development. By integrating local with expert scientific knowledge, we develop adaptive, integral and innovative strategies for urbanizing deltas all over the world.

Our products, services and tools work on three levels: urban resilience analysis, planning and implementation.

  • Urban resilience analysis makes use of innovative ICT, monitoring and sensing technologies to analyze, map and monitor urban regions.
  • Urban resilience planning combines information gained from science, governance and
    design to integrate objectives and interests into a spatial plan or planning process.
  • Urban resilience implementation focuses on the physical measures for sustainable and climate-resilient delta cities and their implementation.

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