Cities and infrastructure are under stress from population growth, urbanisation, austerity measures, inadequate water management and environmental degradation. Changes in rainfall patterns and temperatures as well as sea-level rise add to this stress. Adaptation of the existing and newly developed urban fabric, public space, infrastructure (grey and green), energy networks, water and wastewater systems, biodiversity and buildings is essential to protect cities and their inhabitants. Building resilience against direct weather-related climate change effects, e.g. floods, heat waves, storms, is the first step in adaptation planning, creating sustainable and livable urban environments.

The key to flood resilient cities

HydroCity is a platform where several knowledge institutes and Dutch private and public organisations in the water and earth-observation sectors have joined forces to help cities improve their flood resilience.

The key to flood preparedness & prevention

HydroCity is an online portal providing water managers and policymakers with the hydrological and geographical data and applications they need to manage their water systems effectively.

HydroCity supports a strong information chain, which is essential for solving climate related problems. The platform collects all the available data (from sensors, satellites, telemetry, databases and maps), combines them in graphs and maps and provides smart applications for end-users (water managers and policymakers). These applications help end-users to design and implement sustainable flood protection measures and to improve their preparedness.

More information:
Global Center on Adaptation

This project is executed in the framework of an SBIR assignment from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.