The Afsluitdijk, a 32-kilometer-long water barrier between North Holland and Friesland, has acted as a physical barrier for 90 years, separating IJsselmeer from Wadden Sea. This imposing dike plays a vital role in protecting the Netherlands from flooding.
Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) and De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk, a partnership between the provinces of North Holland and Fryslân and the municipalities of Hollands Kroon and Súdwest-Fryslân, are collaborating to reinforce and upgrade Afsluitdijk, to make the water barrier ready for the future again.
De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk intends for Afsluitdijk to become an example of sustainable innovation in energy, economy and ecology. In specific terms, this concerns examining the expected sea level rise by the year 2120 and its effect on Afsluitdijk.
This separation between IJsselmeer and Wadden Sea contains several civil constructions such as several navigation locks and vertical rising sluice gates. To protect the Netherlands in the future from the expected sea level rise and associated storms, it is not only Ijsselmeer that needs to be protected but also the existing and new navigation locks will be provided with an appropriate storm surge barrier.
Within this framework, SBE is working on the following subprojects of De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk:
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