Historical water management in the river basin of the Baaksche Beek and the adaptations to the water system as a result of change in land use

H.T.L. Massop, J.W.J. van der Gaast

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    Abstract

    In the 19th and the first part of the 20th century large parts of the sandy area of The Netherlands were transformed from heath and woodland into agricultural areas. These areas were made suitable for agricultural use by significantly adapting the existing water systems (improving existing brooks, digging new watercourses, etc.). Adaptations will once again be needed, as climate change will increase both precipitation and the peak flow flood waves in the Dutch large rivers. New, pre-emptive adaptations of the current waters system are needed to maintain good agricultural and living conditions, and to prevent catastrophes. Study of the reaction of the water system as a result of previous adaptations is directly relevant to current planning, since such study should reveal the likely long-term outcomes of future adaptations necessitated by climate change
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)192-199
    JournalPhysics and Chemistry of the Earth
    Volume34
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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