P15-19 Implementing Adaptive Delta Plans


Thursday November 19th, 15:30 – 17:00. EWI -building 36-  Lipkenszaal, Mekelweg 4, 2628 CD, Delft.


Project outline

Research design

Organisation and staffing

Indicative Budget

Proposal planning

Match making Thursday November 19 15:30 – 17:00



Preliminary project titles and abstracts

  1. Implementation as Investment & asset management
    1. Economic evaluation of adaptation pathways [VU]
    2. Asset management for adaptation [VU]


  1. Implementation through Engineering & design
    1. Adaptation pathways in flood risk management: The adaptive capacity of shoreline shortening, multiple lines of defence, room for the river and multi-level safety [TUD-CiTG]
    2. 3D visualisation of adaptation pathways [TUD-TPM]


  1. Implementation by Governance & Adaptive planning
    1. Explorative models for adaptive implementation [TUD-TPM]
    2. Adaptive Delta Plans: From monitoring to repeated action [TUD-TPM]
    3. Conflict and collaboration in adaptation [WUR]


  1. Dissemination and knowledge brokering [TBM/UT]


Project rationale

Many deltas in the world embark on the development of adaptive delta plans whose technical and societal performance needs to stand the test of time. The delta plans of the past were implemented in accordance with the principles of project management and were thought to be based on a stable and consistent vision, clear strategy and sound financial base. Currently, professionals in delta planning realize that their initiatives are prone to ever larger socio-economic, technical, and climate dynamics. Consequently, they develop their initiatives as adaptive programs that often lack a stable financial base and clear problem owner.

A good example of a project based delta plan is de Deltaplan on which The Netherlands embarked after the 1953 flood disaster. This delta plan used coastline length reduction as its overarching design principle. The implementation of the Deltaplan was financed and managed by the Dutch government as laid down in a Delta law. A good example of a current delta plan is the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development of Jakarta (NCICD). This plan, induced by flood risk concerns, emerged as a solution to many current issues including mobility, water supply, water management, and land use pressures. The NCICD has seaward defense as its overarching design principle but dispersed problem ownership and its realization abounds with uncertainties concerning viability, feasibility and financeability.

The role of the Dutch delta sector in delta management is currently broadening from design and build, to initiate and realize. This development is signaled by the involvement of Dutch consultants as initiators in the early stages of the NCICD and the recent signing of letter of intent for the development of a master plan for further development of the NCICD by the Indonesian, Korean, and Dutch authorities; the role of Delft University of Technology in the development of a flood-reduction program for the Texas Houston Galveston Bay area; the Dutch Dialogues on post Katrina New-Orleans; and Rebuild by Design for post-Sandy New York. These examples prelude on a new business model in witch Dutch consultants opt for long term and in depth involvement in the management of some of the worlds’ most dynamic deltas. Grasping these opportunities requires the continuous development and innovation of state-of-art internationally applicable approaches in delta management that further and sustain the competitive edge of the Dutch delta sector.

This research initiative sets out to develop internationally applicable approaches for the adaptive implementation of delta plans. We propose a collaborative program with consultants, academic and knowledge institutes in the shadow of the worlds’ most appealing delta planning initiatives. Theoretically, we build on breakthrough advances in adaptive policy making, such as Dynamic Adaptive Policy Pathways and Scenario Discovery, successful applications of integrated planning and design in New Orleans and New York, and innovations in flood risk management engineering like probabilistic design and building with nature, and gear these towards the adaptive implementation of the next generation delta plans.

The three focal areas of the program will address the implementation of delta plans:

1. as investment & asset management
2. through engineering & design
3. by governance & planning


Prof. dr. Frans Klijn, TU Delft Technology Policy and Management. Dr. Marjolijn Haasnoot, Deltares. Prof. dr. ir. Bas Jonkman, TU Delft Civil Engineering and Geosciences. Ir. Jos Wessels MBA, TNO Urbanisation, Buildings and Infrastructures. Prof. dr. ir Han Meyer, TU Delft Architecture.

Topsector 1 


Roadmap/ Innovatieagenda (indien van toepassing) 

Kennis- en innovatieagenda Topsector water 2016 – 2019

Openbare bijeenkomst 

19 november 2015 - 1:30pm

TU Delft faculteit TBM

Jaffalaan 5 2628 BX Delft


prof. dr. Frans Klijn

Technische Universiteit Delft Faculteit Techniek Bestuur en Management Postbus 5015 2600 GA Delft +31 15 27 87553 F.Klijn@tudelft.nl 

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