Large Waters 2050-2100

In the coming decades climate change will occur. In the most recent forecast of the KNMI several scenarios are developed: G, G+, W and W+, where G stands for moderate and W for hot . In all scenarios, the temperature will rise, sea level will rise and the amount of rain that falls will increase every year. There will be more rain in shorter periods (peaks). In the scenario W + the airflow patterns will change. As a result, the winters will be wetter and the summers will be drier. Rising sea levels, changing rain patterns and a warmer climate will have a direct effect on animals and plants, for example, because they affect growth rates and biological soil processes. The expected impact of climate change will also lead to changes in water management in the Netherlands. These changes will also have impact on the conditions of nature.

'The Nature Ambition of Large Waters 2050-2100' is a vision on nature in the large waters of the Netherlands in 2050-2100. It strongly takes into account the effects of climate change. In the vision natural processes have a crucial role in creating new synergies between various urgent tasks as the necessary measures for flood protection, nature conservation and new recreational program. The vision shows a resilient and robust nature: giving more space to the rivers, creating tidal and fresh-salt transitions in the western Delta , intensifying the dynamic coastal management and the construction of more gradual transition from land to water in the IJsselmeer.

IJsselmeer, Large Rivers, Wadden Coast, North Sea Coast , North Sea and Southwestern Delta, contribution to a vision for 2050-2100 , commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, landscape architecture, dike reinforcement, coastal reinforcement, nature development, water storage, ecology, Flux landscape architecture, Utrecht, 2014