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Online Course: Adaptive Planning for Infrastructure and Water Management
January 21 @ 23:30EUR395
Learn skills and tools needed to analyze ‘deep’ uncertainties, to anticipate change and to design adaptation pathways for large-scale and long-term interventions in infrastructure and water management systems.
Recent events show the vulnerability of infrastructure to unexpected or difficult-to-predict events. Flood security is frequently threatened and returns on investment in infrastructure are vulnerable to shifts in climate change, to financial crises, to disruptive innovations or to trend-breaks.
Experts and policy-makers need to develop long-term policies that can anticipate these uncertain changes rather than merely react to the undesired events they bring about. To achieve this, professionals in these fields need innovative tools and methods to cope with uncertainties and enable them to design adaptive plans.
A system-based approach
In support of this new and systematic approach to long-term planning, researchers from TU Delft and the Deltares Institute in the Netherlands, have developed tools with which to:
- better identify and cope with ‘deep uncertainties’
- design ‘adaptation pathways’ to anticipate change
- monitor the implementation of such pathways.
In this course you will learn how to use these new tools and how they differ from conventional planning methods. The course uses examples from water and delta management in the Netherlands and United Kingdom where ‘adaptation pathways’ have already been used in policies for managing flood risk and improving freshwater availability.