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Coastal flooding risk calculations for the Belgian coast
Verwaest, T.; Van der Biest, K.; Vanpoucke, Ph.; Reyns, J.; Vanderkimpen, P.; De Vos, L.; De Rouck, J.; Mertens, T. (2009). Coastal flooding risk calculations for the Belgian coast, in: McKee Smith, J. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2008, Hamburg, Germany, 31 August to 5 September 2008. pp. 4193-4201
In: McKee Smith, J. (Ed.) (2009). Proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2008, Hamburg, Germany, 31 August to 5 September 2008. World Scientific: Hackensack, NJ (USA). ISBN 978-981-4277-36-5. 5 vol. pp., more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Analysis; Coastal zone; Flood control; Management; Risks; ANE, Belgium, Belgian Coast [Marine Regions]; Marine

Authors  Top 
  • Verwaest, T., more
  • Van der Biest, K., more
  • Vanpoucke, Ph., more
  • Reyns, J., more
  • Vanderkimpen, P.
  • De Vos, L., more
  • De Rouck, J., more
  • Mertens, T., more

Abstract
    Coastal flooding risk calculations are carried out for the entire Belgian coastal zone to support the management ofthe coastal defence system. The floodprone low-lying coastal area has an average width of 20 km and is locatedon average 2 m below the surge level of an annual storm. The natural sea defences are sandy beaches anddunes, which have been strengthened by revetments in the coastal towns. The Belgian standard of coastalprotection is to be safe against a surge level with a return period of 1000 years, but at present it is investigated if and how this standard could be redefined based on risk analysis.

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