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Why RiverCare?

In many deltas around the world, rivers are intensively managed to serve society in many ways, however, more sustainable practices are required. In RiverCare, we study the consequences of recent interventions on the river system of the Netherlands. These interventions were aimed at reducing flooding, while improving conditions for biodiversity and navigation. We apply this knowledge to cut maintenance costs and better design future river management interventions.

Our goals in a nutshell

The methods and tools that we develop contribute to the self-sufficiency of multi-functional rivers within the next 10 to 50 years and could possibly be applied somewhere else. Explore the interactive images, map and the videos below to get to know more about the RiverCare goals and related projects.

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1) Multifunctional

Multiple actors working together

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2) Monitoring

Innovative monitoring methods

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3) Understanding

Fundamental study of the river processes

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4) Practice-oriented

Towards more sustainable and multifunctional management

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Key locations

Areas where we developed new methods and prototype tools

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Multi-functional and collaborative governance

With the increasing pressure of growing population and climate change many river interventions are taking place. Yet, river management involves many complexities and uncertainties, so more sustainable practices require that multiple actors work together towards multi-functional management.

River managers have to discuss plans and make trade-offs between for example flood safety, ecology and costs. How can we make sure that the different needs are taken into account while restoring the natural river processes?

RiverCare works with multiple parties such as the government, consultancies and stakeholder organizations on monitoring the consequences of recent interventions on the river system, but also works towards providing this knowledge to the decision-makers and practitioners for the development of more sustainable practices.

The RiverCare projects that are closely related to this goal are listed below to further explore according to your interests or work.

Innovative monitoring of the river and its floodplain

Floodplains are essential for rivers to prevent flooding of protected areas – i.e. inhabited areas behind the dikes – in case of high river discharges. However, this is only one of the functions of the floodplains. They are also important for ecology conservation and providing services to society. In ‘the floodplains’, RiverCare researchers look at and monitor how floodplains along river interventions, such as side-channels and longitudinal training dams, develop through the perspectives of morphology and ecology.

The RiverCare projects that are closely related to this goal are listed below to further explore according to your interests or work.

Fundamental understanding of the river intervention effects

Like many rivers around the world, Dutch rivers are intensively managed. Computer models are used to assist in the design and maintenance of the river system. In order to improve these models, the RiverCare researchers use parts of the river as an experimental set up. We reproduce into simple and sophisticated models the effects of river interventions on for example the water level, the river bed and the floodplain vegetation to estimate the model uncertainties and evolution over time.

The RiverCare projects that are closely related to this goal are listed below to further explore according to your interests or work.

Practice-oriented to promote future applications

The RiverCare research programme focused on generating knowledge to further improve river management. Twenty two researchers have worked for over four years on different subjects in and around the Dutch rivers. Now the time has come to share their knowledge to make impact on the society, to support discussions between stakeholders while making our research accessible to project managers and advisors in The Netherlands and around the world.

The RiverCare projects that are closely related to this goal are listed below to further explore according to your interests or work.

These are the key locations that we are looking at to improve the future design and maintenance of river interventions.
This interactive map is still under construction.

Last modified: 17/07/2019