Current flood protection is primarily concerned with strong dikes. But the greatest gain lies in making the total system smarter: the dike, the decision-maker and their environment. Flood Control 2015 integrates these three aspects in advanced forecasting- and decision-supporting systems. Flood protection therefore becomes more transparent, quicker, better. And while this increases our safety, the cost of managing water systems falls markedly at the same time.
More than half the world’s population lives along coastlines, lakes and rivers. These deltas are densely populated and are becoming economically more valuable. The potential damage from flooding is therefore enormous. And the probability of it happening is continuing to increase. Ground is sinking due to water extraction and settlement. At the same time, water levels are rising. Climate change means an additional rise in sea levels and more extreme weather conditions. Flooding will occur more frequently and also be more extreme. Deltas are vulnerable, and this vulnerability is increasing.