About the research phase

“The Digital Delta is aimed at the unlimited and readily accessible provision of water and climate services.” A national research project has been started to investigate the possible ways to fulfill this ambition. The work is being carried out by the Digital Delta consortium, which is drawn from the private sector, public bodies and research institutions.

The Digital Delta is the open platform that contains and provides access to as much information as possible relating to water management (in the broadest sense of the word). The Digital Delta is intended to enable the various water managers to work more efficiently in carrying out their primary water management tasks. The Digital Delta can also contain and provide access to information for professional and non-professional users of water-related data.

Background

The Dutch are masters of the art of water management. They have been defending their country against the seas and rivers for hundreds of years. That makes sense, since 66 percent of the population of the Netherlands live in areas vulnerable to flooding by the sea or by rivers. Every year the Netherlands spends some 7 billion euro on managing the water systems: a complex network of tidal inlets and dykes, canals and sluices, ditches and pumping stations, and sewerage and drinking water systems. The costs of water management will rise by around 1 to 2 billion euro by 2020. At the same time, data is collected, processed and analysed on a large scale in order to manage water effectively and efficiently and in order to be able to cope with the increasing fluctuations in the climate. This is leading to a massive growth in the amount of available data and required management applications, but also to fragmentation, incompatibility and a lack of transparency of solutions which restrict the effective use by the user for integrated water management. With these growing challenges in prospect, doing nothing is not an option.

The Digital Delta helps

Within the Digital Delta research programme, Dutch parties are exploring how the integration and analysis of water data and a wide range of existing and new data sources can help to reduce the cost of future water projects by 20 to 30%.