Report warns of dramatic flooding risk

17th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

17 November 2004, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands faces dramatic flooding due to increased subsidence along the coast coupled with rising sea levels, a new report warns.

17 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands faces dramatic flooding due to increased subsidence along the coast coupled with rising sea levels, a new report warns.

About 25 percent of the Netherlands is already below sea level and the country is famous for its ingenuity in holding back the water and reclaiming land from the sea.

But environmental engineering company GeoConsult warned that its research had shown the country's north and western coasts were dropping by about 20 centimetres a century, and in places the rate of subsidence was up to 40 centimetres a century.

The report, carried out in conjunction with TU Delft, acknowledges that it has yet to be proven conclusively that global warning will drive up sea levels.

But theoretical models had indicated sea levels could increase by up tp 40 centimetres.

If this were to prove to be the case, the report said, "It would no longer be possible to guarantee the stability of the coast by way of annual improvements to coastal defences and protection against flooding — without further intervention — can't be assured."

Floris Schokking of GeoConsult said on Wednesday the report underlined the need to speed up plans to improve dikes and other coastal defences.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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