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The coastal flood risk to critical infrastructure

  • 1 September, 2019
  • VU University Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)
  • Prof. Jeroen Aerts & Prof. Philip Ward
  • Dr. Elco Koks

Critical infrastructure (CI) is fundamental for the functioning of a society and forms the backbone for socio-economic development. Coastal flooding, however, pose a major threat to CI. The destruction of CI, and the disruption of essential services they provide may hamper societies and economies. Moreover, the overall risk for CI is expected to rise. This is due climate change (i.e. intensification and more frequent hazards), and socio-economic development (i.e. increase in the amount and value of CI). Building sustainable and resilient infrastructure is a key to reducing the impacts of coastal flooding and climate change on society. For this research, we aim to quantify the impacts and the risks of current and future sea-level rise and coastal flooding on coastal infrastructure.

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Sadhana Nirandjan

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