Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Deltas

This short course discusses conceptual frameworks, planning approaches, implementation strategies and governance arrangements to deal with potential flood events and future changes in flood risk.

For whom?

Graduates from civil, coastal engineering, environmental engineering, spatial planning, hydrology, and oceanography and ocean sciences, as well as managers with interest in climate change impact on deltas and coastal areas.


Basic knowledge on coastal or environmental engineering, spatial planning, hydrology, and oceanography or ocean sciences.

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. * Explain the climate system and the principles of climate change and climate modeling.
  2. * Understand the physical basis of the natural and anthropogenic greenhouse effect, including the meaning of the term radiative forcing.
  3. * Comprehensively describe impacts of climate change on coastal catchments, coasts and deltas.
  4. * Develop a theoretical perspective towards the IPCC climate projections and working group reports, as well as the conceptual understanding of climate adaptation.
  5. * Provide strategic advice on the quantification of physical impacts and economic/environmental risk posed by climate change on coastal areas and deltas.
  6. * Provide strategic advice on how to effectively adapt to change on coastal catchments, coasts and deltas.

Course content

Flood risk management: This topic addresses an integrated approach to the analysis and management of flood risks and benefits. It focuses on all aspects of pre-event mitigation: protection, prevention and preparedness. Protection is directed at reducing the likelihood of floods. Prevention involves sustainable spatial planning and infrastructure protection, while preparedness concerns taking organizational measures.

Flood event management: This topic introduces an emerging approach to understand and analyse flood resilience: The ability of a community or area to remain functioning under a range of flood magnitudes. It addresses the management of flood events, including preparedness, emergency relief and recovery. A framework for promoting community resilience will be established.

Adaptive delta management: This topic applies the Adaptive Delta Management (ADM) approach, which is a transparent way of including uncertainty around future changes in adaptation decision making. This includes developing Adaptation Pathways, which refers to a sequence of adaptation measures and options. Examples include the Dutch and Bangladesh Delta Plans.


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