Societal impact and media attention

Societal impact

The Department of Water and Climate Risk has a strong outreach to society, and our research responds to and anticipates requests from policy makers in the domains of flood and drought risk. We envisage that research should serve society, and we therefore put much effort in communicating our results and recommendations. Examples of where our research has had an impact on policy:

  1. Development and assessment of flood insurance schemes with national (SNS Reaal; Achmea, Insurance XL) and international Re-Insurers (Munich RE)
  2. New York City: in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, our research has provided input for the SIRR program, to rebuild NYC and to upgrade the resilience of NYC to future flood risk
  3. City of Amsterdam: assessing the impacts from extreme precipitation and flooding on critical infrastructure in the port area.
  4. Risk hotspot mapping in Nigeria: we have worked with the World Bank to map hotspots of flood risk in Nigeria, answering to requirements of a Post Disaster Needs Assessment;
  5. Continental to global risk mapping: we have produced scenarios of current and future flood risk for the World Bank and Global Dialogue Project of OECD and GWP, for use in high-level policy documents;
  6. Drought risk mapping: we are working with the World Bank to map current and future drought risk in Africa, as part of a study to reduce the impacts of natural hazards on poverty;
  7. emptyemptyHo Chi Minh City: we have been involved in the Vietnam Climate Adaptation PartnerShip, which aims to develop a joint Climate Adaptation Strategy for Ho Chi Minh City.

Media attention

Media and outreach
: Department Research featuring in 2014 Emmy Award winning documentary ‘Years of Living Dangerously’, by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The research of the department also regularly features in both national and international media, further illustrating the relevance of department’s work for society. Several recent examples include: