Door klimaatverandering wordt in 2100 een zeespiegelstijging van een meter verwacht. De kustbescherming in de Voordelta moet verbeteren om de veiligheid in de toekomst te waarborgen. Omdat harde kustbescherming onvoldoende is, is de aandacht verschoven naar natuurlijke bescherming door herstel van voormalige zandbanken zoals de Banjaard.
Through sea level rise, water is becoming an increasing threat to Zeeland. In 1960, the Eastern Scheldt barrier was built to protect Zeeland and its inhabitants from the sea. But unfortunately, it cannot withstand a sea level rise of one meter.
Since climate change and the sea level rise caused by it cause a growing threat to the Dutch coastlines and flood safety, experts are searching for new methods to protect the land and its inhabitants from the rising sea.
As many other parts around the world, the Schouwen coast in Zeeland, Netherlands is being threatened by the effects of climate change. Hard structures that nowadays defend us from the sea are obsolete and will not withstand the sea level rise that is predicted. We need to think of other solutions.
The consequences of climate change heavily threat the coast of Schouwen (Zeeland, the Netherlands); the strong relative SLR, which is predicted to range from +0.54 to +1.21 metres in 2100 in the most scenario (KNMI, 2021) or even more, extreme events, and ocean acidification (IPCC, 2019) challenge us to rethink our coastal protection systems.
In October 1986, the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier (Oosterscheldekering) was officially opened by Queen Beatrix as a response to the North Sea flood of 1953. Since then, the barrier has been closed 27 times (excluding test runs) in anticipation of expected storms.