April 01, 2020

Dutch Pragmatism in Managing Precipitation to Prevent Domestic Urban Flooding

Arthur Smith

Infrastructure-related domestic policies have historically dealt with certain natural phenomena such as seismic events, fire, wind, and coastal/river water flooding. Various legal regimes, financial frameworks, and real estate usage have adjusted to these natural features, dependent on location. Zoning, insurance, building codes, and real estate investment are examples of such adjustments. This collective framework is now under pressure to adjust to various climate changes, including increasing atmospheric moisture, which result in increased rain intensity, greater rain volume, and slower storm movement.

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