Reducing flood risk for our clients

Floods pose a threat to human life, critical infrastructure and economic operations, especially in complex, high-density, urban environments. Our flood resilient solutions cover the whole spectrum from adaptation to prevention: from early warning systems using smart, interactive tools and analyses, to flood protection schemes to protect valuable assets. From assessment through to solution we draw on a network of deep ‘smarts’ specialised in an understanding of the physics, social environment and stakeholders involved, translating this into the real world with an eye on commercial and economic growth.

Flooding is one of the most damaging and frequent disasters, having deep impacts on people worldwide. Climate change is expected to make things even worse. Over the past decade alone, more than hundred major floods occurred worldwide, causing loss of life and severe social, economic and ecological damage. Likelihood and impact of flooding change over time and can only be reduced through effective flood risk management strategies.

Finding the appropriate strategy, however, is not easy. Issues are case-specific and surrounded by uncertainties: climatic, environmental and social conditions are all but fixed. To come to sound flood risk management you should choose for an integrated approach, aiming at the reduction of both flood hazard and flood damage. These two elements combined provide you with insight in flood risk reduction that you can affordably achieve.

Royal HaskoningDHV provides services that cover the whole flood risk management cycle, from concept to feasibility, impact assessments, design, tender process, site supervision and operation & maintenance. Specific products are: integrated flood risk management plans, safety level and flood risk assessments, hydraulic & hydrological modeling, design of structural measures, monitoring and early warning measures, environmental and social impact assessments.

The need for an integrated approach was again illustrated by recent disasters as caused by the 'Asia tsunami' (2004), hurricane Katrina in the USA (2005) and the Thailand flooding (2011). The affected countries were not prepared, resulting in human suffering, massive losses of lives and economic value and social disruption. Damages tend to be highest in delta areas, where often both population and economic value are concentrated. Flood risk reduction in delta areas should focus on cities, but should include as well the remaining wetlands of high ecological value. As a result of climate change, deforestation and erosion, flooding is no longer concentrated in the ‘traditional’ flood-prone areas. This forces us to screen continuously, anticipate better, look across borders, and widen project and planning horizons. Becoming fully prepared in this complex matter requires teamwork involving the client, professionals and stakeholders.

We can offer you an integrated flood risk solution, using our knowledge, experience and network. We work worldwide and we master the techniques and state of the art. We work with a regional focus, from local offices and local companies and institutions. We know the setting, country specifics and context - your neighbors. We work with internationally renowned water research institutes and universities. Last but not least, we are up-to-date with the latest developments in research and innovations. Our integrated approach with involvement of international and local expertise guarantees continuity in your projects.