Flooding

Climate change is adding to the probability of flooding in unprotected areas of the Netherlands. For example, the July 2021 flooding resulting from extreme rainfall caused major damage in the Limburg brook valleys. Furthermore, the consequences of such pluvial flooding are becoming more severe. Rising sea level and increasing precipitation are raising the discharge levels of rivers and other bodies of water.

This dossier sets out how the probability of flooding is increasing as a result of climate change and how vulnerable the Netherlands is to floods. Furthermore, it explains the potential impact of flooding and the measures we can take: how can we reduce the probability of flooding? And how can we mitigate the impact if things were to go wrong, nonetheless? The Flood impact reduction measures (in Dutch) database helps to gain insight into locations where flood impact reduction would make sense, and into location-specific measures.

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