THE DISASTER IN THE NETHERLANDS CAUSED BY THE STORM FLOOD OF FEBRUARY 1, 1953

P. J. Wemelsfelder

Abstract


It will be useful to show first a sketch of the situation of our low lying area with regard to the North Sea (Fig. 1). We might idealize the North Sea in the shape of a rectangular pocket, nearly 400 miles wide and 500 miles long, open to the Atlantic in the line Duncansby (Scotland) - Bergen (Norway). For its size the North Sea is relatively shallow. The depth is of the order of magnitude of 60 m. The funnel-like Southern part, between England and the Netherlands, is not more than 40 m deep. The average width of this part is 250 miles.

Keywords


the Netherlands; storm damage; storm damage mitigation

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