Annual precipitation in the Netherlands increased by 26% between 1910 and 2022. Winters have become particularly wetter, but summer precipitation has also increased.  Severe and prolonged precipitation can cause waterlogging, which may cause damage to buildings and render roads impassable. The future will see a higher risk of waterlogging as a result of climate change. Torrential summer rain may become particularly more extreme.

Unprecedented downpours in 2021 in Limburg

The extreme downpours in the summer of 2021 in Limburg, Germany and Belgium were an unprecedented event. It was an event that even climate stress tests had not yet taken into account. A consortium from NKWK developed a method in 2022 and 2023 (in Dutch) that gives you insight per area into the consequences such a 'water bomb' can have there. The researchers have also developed a guide for the supra-regional stress tests for waterlogging and flooding.

What will you find in this knowledge dossier?

This knowledge dossier deals with the causes and effects of waterlogging. It also provides information on the impact of several measures to combat waterlogging and on the results of various studies on this issue.

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