The Delta Programme sets out strategies for protecting the Netherlands from flooding and for safeguarding adequate supplies of fresh water. The Adaptive Delta Management concept is one of the cornerstones of the Delta programme. It involves responding in good time to uncertain developments in climate and society: keeping options open and preventing over- or under-investment.
The Freshwater Delta Programme sets out the details of adaptive delta management for each freshwater region in adaptation pathways: a series of ever more wide-ranging measures designed to deal with an increasingly dry climate or higher water demand. Deltares was asked to design a system that provides timely warning that preparations should be made for the next step in a process of this kind.