Preparing for Floods: Adapting the Netherlands for Climate Resilience


In the IMPETUS project’s ‘Atlantic’ demonstration site in the Netherlands, our main goal is to align with national, regional and local programmes to enhance #climatechange adaptation measures. The team is developing digital #decisionsupportsystem tools for municipal spatial planners, so they can create sustainable cities and communities, with a focus on the city of Rotterdam and surrounding areas in Rijnmond and the province of Zeeland.

One of the most significant challenges that climate change presents here is the increasing risk of #flooding from #sealevelrise. The sea has always been a threat for this low-lying country, which has been subject to major flooding events throughout its history. For example, the ‘Watersnoodramp’ of 1953 was a major disaster. And it is expected that, by 2050, regional sea level will rise 15-40 cm and there will be more severe #storms. More intense #rainfall and river flooding is another challenge, as summer floods in much more recent years have reminded us.

With growing recognition that the Netherlands’ main protection – sea dikes and storm surge barriers – may no longer be sufficient in the face of climate change, the race is on for Dutch cities to take #climateaction and plan ahead with new strategies.

Our #climateimpetus #project partner Nelen & Schuurmans is helping to accelerate climate adaptation measures in the Netherlands with its flooding decision support tool.


The #IMPETUS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 101037084. Funded in the EU Horizon 2020 Green Deal call. The content of this publication reflects only the author’s view; the contents and any use that may be made of this information is not the responsibility of CINEA or the European Union.


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