Climate change will affect the supply of fresh water to populations and economic sectors in many deltas around the world. Also the Netherlands will have to adapt to a growing mismatch between water demand and supply. The central question is: what are opportunities and adaptation strategies for fresh water supply and water quality in the Netherlands, given the changing physical boundary conditions in evaporation, precipitation, river discharges, sea level rise and salt water intrusion? The focus is on regional and local solutions within the low lying parts of the Netherlands (read more). This consortium focussed on the following questions:
- How can fresh water supply be robustly designed in order to be flexible in anticipating a wide range of climate effects?
- What opportunities are offered by reduction of water demand and/or water reuse?
- What are opportunities and setbacks of water supply by allocation and buffering?
- What opportunities are offered by water technology and spatial planning?