Research Theme Water Safety

Flood risk management requires constant adaptation to changing views and changing circumstances. The present rate of climate change is uncertain. Such uncertainties can be tackled by designing robust and flexible adaptation responses. Their design requires insight in the effectiveness of individual adaptation measures, such as flexible structures, measures to reduce wave attack, innovative embankments, and measures to reduce flood consequences.


The main aim of research was to perform an in-depth interdisciplinary assessment of these innovative types of measures. This comprises addressing possibilities for multiple use, a treaty in a larger spatial context, and a focus on robustness and flexibility. Read more.

This Research Consortium has:

    • Developed methods for assessing
      - the effectiveness of technical measures and policy instruments to reduce flood risks
      - the implications of their implementation for urban and countryside environments
      - the robustness (resilience and resistance) of comprehensive FRM strategies in view of uncertainty about climate change

    • Provided guidelines for the design of long-term FRM alternatives and individual measures based on effectiveness (flood risk reduction), robustness and their contribution to the development of entire regions (multi-functional use, natural values and spatial quality)