In this research the damage due to low discharges on the Meuse has been analysed to get a better view on the scope of the low flow problem. The research area consists of the Dutch and the Flemish part of the Meuse upstream of Roermond and the canals fed by it. A model has been developed to assess the total damage and the distribution over different regions and economic sectors in a number of situations. Total damage varies from a few million Euros in a medium dry year to ten times that much in an extreme dry year. Most of the damage occurs in the navigation sector and the power generation sector. Climatological and economical development will increase future damage substantially. On the other hand, much can be gained by applying appropriate management strategies.
|Publication status||Published - 4 Nov 2004|