Goal & focus of research to multifunctional flood defences
Before multifunctional flood defences can be implemented, a number of questions must be answered, questions regarding design, safety assessment, and management strategies. The ambition of the proposed program is to address these research questions to dissolve the constraints restricting the discussion and development of multifunctional flood defences.
The focus of the programme is to gain a deeper understanding of multifunctional flood defences to provide a foundation for the design, assessment and management of such defences.
The design and assessment of multifunctional defences is investigated with the ambition to substantially increase safety over current defence designs, such that the yearly failure probability is less than 106.
Research is carried out related to governance of multifunctional flood defences in an atmosphere of multiple users, multiple sets of administrative rules and multiple legal frameworks. The flexibility and robustness of the defences are investigated in an integral way, considering both economic and engineering perspectives.
The objectives of the research programme
Case studies are important in this research programme
The users will provide these case studies and the advantages are twofold: the new knowledge can immediately be tested, and the users receive new knowledge in a very efficient way. In the program, we distinguish two research lines: disciplinary extension research themes and multi-disciplinary integration challenges.
Extension research themes aim to extend disciplinary theories and to develop new theories and knowledge, while trans-disciplinary integration challenges (interdisciplinary research) extends knowledge to adjacent research fields.
In total we distinguish five work-packages:
1. Disciplinary extension challenges
1.1. Multifunctional flood risk assessment
1.2. Urban and Rural multi-functional flood
1.3. Governance and finance
2. Multidisciplinary integration challenges
2.1. Integrated design
2.2. Adaptivity and robustness
Disciplinary extension challenges address the development of the following disciplines: (urban and landscape) design, flood risk assessment (including for example erosion mechanisms of flood defences with buildings), governance (multi-sectoral), and financial forecasting of real estate development.
Trans-disciplinary integration challenges address the flexibility and adaptivity issue and integrated design.
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