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Adaptive design of flood defence systems and structures

Adaptive design of flood defence systems and structures

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With the recent Climate Change Conference (COP26) completed in Glasgow, it seems that global leaders still leave us in doubt about their awareness, or willingness and/or ability to tackle climate change. Whatever the success of climate mitigation, adaptation to an uncertain future climate will be required. The uncertainty of our future climate poses specific challenges for engineers. While we do not know how climate change develops further into the future, what its statistics will look like, when we have them available, and how stable they will be, the question arises: what future do we design for? In this paper, we dive into the development of a system-to-structure design of a flood defence system under sea-level rise uncertainty through the application of adaptive designing methods.

Interested to read more? Find the article on the Delta Links publication of December 2021

Ir. Thijs Vrinds (Civil Engineering and Geosciences, TU Delft)

Ir. Richard Roggeveld (SWECO)

Dr. ing. Mark Voorendt (Civil Engineering and Geosciences, TU Delft)

Dr. Ir. Jos Timmermans (Policy Analysis, Technology & Management, TU Delft)