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Towards practical implementation of the ecosystem services (ES) concept in transboundary water management
This report includes the result of a pilot study to assess the practical application and value of an ecosystem services approachin regional/local water management in a transboundary study area.
Lessons of past disasters and preparedness actions to cope with future hydrological extreme events in the Netherlands
The Netherlands, being a low-lying delta of the rivers Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt, have grappled for centuries in coping with water-related disasters: floods originating from both storm surges and high river discharges. Projected climate change scenarios learned the country to prepare for even more frequent and more intense extreme events. We realized the need for new solutions: automatically heightening the levees to protect against flooding was no longer a sustainable solution. We had to change the system we worked with for centuries and broaden its goals. The Netherlands revisited their safety standards for protection against flooding, now incorporating a risk-based approach. We introduced nature-based solutions like “Room for the River” to enable higher river discharges and the “Sand Engine” for beach nourishment to complement traditional engineering for protective disaster resilient infrastructure. The Netherlands embraced system thinking to future proof the country, and we incorporated cultural and ecological values into adaptive decision making. The Netherlands has proven it can shift the fundamentals of its strategy to prepare for a changing climate. Essentially, we have addressed the synergies between the agendas of water-related disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation in a coherent way, both of which are essential in reaching the integrated goals of the nation’s long-term vision for sustainable development.
Sinking cities : an integrated approach towards solutions
In many coastal and delta cities land subsidence exceeds absolute sea level rise up to a factor of ten. Without action, parts of Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and numerous other coastal cities will sink below sea level. Increased flooding and other widespread impacts of land subsidence result in damage totalling billions of dollars per year. A major cause of severe land subsidence is excessive groundwater extraction due to rapid urbanization and population growth. A major rethink is needed to deal with the ‘hidden’ but urgent threat of subsidence. Deltares presents a comprehensive approach to address land subsidence from the perspective of more sustainable and resilient urban development.
Scaling perspective for a dike monitoring system
This document elaborates on the research that is done to investigate the scaling perspective for a dike monitoring system from a financial perspective. Deals with the different stakeholders and their involvement with a Flood Control System, the parameters influencing the severity of a flood and the consequences a flood has on the economy in first order and second order effects. This is done by making an inventory of the risk of flooding by means of the RAMCAP framework.
Development plan water quality modelling framework
As a first step in the designing of a plan for the WQMF, the contours and the building blocksof the framework have been defined and schematized in a so-called roadmap. This roadmapdepicts the coherence of the building blocks and the planned development over time. Themap is to be used as a planning tool.
INCAH, Infrastructure Networks Climate Adaptation and Hotspots : mid term review theme 5, Knowledge for Climate
The midterm report is a preview of the results, halfway the project. It introduces the project background and how the research approach was implemented during the first years of work. We present the first results of the project and look forward towards the expected conclusions and their use.
The world of Deltares 2013-2016
This book of maps presents an overview of the planned activities of Deltares from 2013 to 2016. The aim of this book is to inform interested parties about the complete set of activities performed by Deltares: development of knowledge, transfer of knowledge, and specialist consultancy.
Review and assessment of the cross-border MSP processes in 2 case studies
The MASPNOSE project has experimented with processes for cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in two case studies. Thornton bank comprises an area between Belgium and The Netherlands, partly on sand banks located on both sites of the border. Cross-border MSP could aid to address the issue of wind energy, shipping, fisheries management, aquaculture and nature conservation. Dogger Bank comprises an area between the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. Cross-border MSP could aid to address the issue of fisheries management, nature conservation and sustainable energy production. In this report the results are presented of the monitoring and evaluation of the MSP processes in both case studies.
Ecosystem services in river basin management : practical examples from Europe
R&D annual report Deltares 2013
One of the Deltares aims is to make Research and Development results more accessible to the public and the private sector. The R&D Highlights report is one step towards that goal. The chapters of the Highlights report follow the structure of the five social issues that are central to the Deltares mission.