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Building with Nature: in search of resilient storm surge protection strategies

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  • E. Slobbe

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  • H. Vriend
  • S. Aarninkhof
  • K. Lulofs
  • M. Vries
  • P. Dircke

Abstract

Low-lying, densely populated coastal areas worldwide are under threat, requiring coastal managers to develop new strategies to cope with land subsidence, sea-level rise and the increasing risk of storm-surge-induced floods. Traditional engineering approaches optimizing for safety are often suboptimal with respect to other functions and are neither resilient nor sustainable. Densely populated deltas in particular need more resilient solutions that are robust, sustainable, adaptable, multifunctional and yet economically feasible. Innovative concepts such as ‘Building with Nature’ provide a basis for coastal protection strategies that are able to follow gradual changes in climate and other environmental conditions, while maintaining flood safety, ecological values and socio-economic functions. This paper presents a conceptual framework for Building with Nature that is used to evaluate coastal protection strategies, based on a case study of the Holland coast in the Netherlands. The added value and the limitations of these strategies are discussed. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

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  • E. Slobbe & H. Vriend & S. Aarninkhof & K. Lulofs & M. Vries & P. Dircke, 2013. "Building with Nature: in search of resilient storm surge protection strategies," Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, Springer;International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 66(3), pages 1461-1480, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:nathaz:v:66:y:2013:i:3:p:1461-1480
    DOI: 10.1007/s11069-013-0612-3
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    1. Karen Engel & Georg Frerks & Lucia Velotti & Jeroen Warner & Bart Weijs, 2014. "Flood disaster subcultures in The Netherlands: the parishes of Borgharen and Itteren," Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, Springer;International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 73(2), pages 859-882, September.
    2. repec:spr:nathaz:v:94:y:2018:i:2:d:10.1007_s11069-018-3410-0 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Jantsje Loon-Steensma, 2015. "Salt marshes to adapt the flood defences along the Dutch Wadden Sea coast," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 20(6), pages 929-948, August.
    4. repec:eee:ecoser:v:33:y:2018:i:pa:p:77-88 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Eli D. Lazarus, 2017. "Toward a Global Classification of Coastal Anthromes," Land, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(1), pages 1-27, February.

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