A database of historical flood events in the Netherlands

Martine Jak, Matthijs Kok

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    The Netherlands is situated on the delta of three of Europe’s main rivers: the Rhine, the Meuse and the Scheldt. As a result of this, the country has been able to develop into an important, densely populated nation. But living in the Netherlands is not without risks. Large parts of the Netherlands are below mean sea level and water levels which may occur on the rivers Rhine and Meuse. High water levels caused by storm surges on the North Sea or by high discharges of the rivers are a serious threat to the low-lying parts of the Netherlands. Construction, management and maintenance of flood defences are essential conditions for the well-being of the population and further development of the country.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFlood issues in contemporary Water Management
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the NATO Advanced research workshop on floods: Coping with floods: lessons learned from recent experience, May 16-21, , eds. Kluwer, Dordrecht
    EditorsJiri Marsalek, W. Ed Watt, Evzen Zeman, Friedhelm Zieke
    Place of PublicationMalenovice, Chech Republic
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2001
    EventNATO Advanced Research Workshop on Coping with Flesh Floods 1999: Lessons Learned from Recent Experience - Malenovice, Czech Republic
    Duration: 16 May 199921 May 1999

    Publication series

    NameNATO Science Series, Series 2. Environment Security
    PublisherKluwer Academic


    WorkshopNATO Advanced Research Workshop on Coping with Flesh Floods 1999
    Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


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