COASTAL MANAGEMENT AND DISASTER PLANNING ON THE BASIS OF FLOOD RISK CALCULATIONS

Tina Mertens, Toon Verwaest, Rosalia Delgado, Koen Trouw, Leo De Nocker

Abstract


Recent studies showed that one third of the Belgian coastline is not sufficiently protected against severe storm events. Therefore coastal protection plans are set up to assure a minimum safety standard for the entire coastline. Flood risk calculations constitute the main input parameter for the concept and planning phases. Since 100% safety can never be guaranteed, contingency plans are constructed to reduce the remaining flood risks. Flood risk calculations are a powerful communicative and operational instrument to use between engineers and experts on the field, thus forming the link between coastal management and disaster planning.

Keywords


coastal protection; flood risk; contingency planning

References


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Mertens, T., DeWolf P., Verwaest T., Trouw K., De Nocker L., Couderé K. 2008. An Integrated Master Plan for Flanders Future Coastal Safety, Proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2008, 31 August – 5 September 2008, Hamburg (Germany), pp. 4017 - 4028.

Verwaest T., Van der Biest K., Vanpoucke P., Reyns J., Vanderkimpen P., De Vos L., De Rouck J., Mertens, T. 2008. Coastal flooding risk calculations for the Belgian coast, Proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2008, 31 August – 5 September 2008, Hamburg (Germany), pp. 4193 - 4201.


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