The Netherlands is extremely successful at an international level when it comes to flood protection. The country has a large number of specialists available in every conceivable area: from the design and construction of dikes, forecasting systems, and decision-supporting systems, through to crisis management, measurement systems and evacuation.



Flood Control 2015 was an innovation program which was executed by a consortium of 9 Dutch participants (knowledge institutes, engineering consultants, advisors and industry) as part of the Dutch governmental subsidy Maatschappelijke Innovatie Agenda Water. The mission of Flood Control 2015 was to achieve a substantial improvement in operational flood protection worldwide. The consortium formulated the following objective: cohesive development and application of new knowledge and tools to limit the probability and effects of floods. The initial research and development program was completed in 2012.
Flood Control 2015 was able to lift water safety to a higher level by ensuring the timely availability of much needed information, which directly results in increased preparedness among civilians as well as professionals. During a flood, a few hours can make all the difference between a disaster and a near disaster. The Flood Control 2015 integrated forecasting systems ensure that better information reaches the right place more quickly. This not only increases safety, but also limits damage and the number of victims. What is more, the day-to-day management of water systems is significantly improved.
Great gain lies in making the total system smarter instead of only focusing on strong dikes. Hence, focus on the dike, the decision-maker, and their environment. Flood Control 2015 integrated these three aspects in advanced forecasting- and decision-supporting systems with help of innovative sensors.  An integral approach is developed to managing flood risks leads to optimal utilization of the available means for preventing flooding, in addition to optimizing the mitigation of the flood consequences.

Overall, a wealth of knowledge has been gained and a wide variety of tools have been developed and disseminated. Some of the first applications have already been carried out in the Netherlands, Indonesia and United States.

Mission Flood Control 2015

“A really substantial improvement in operational flood protection worldwide.”