Category Archives: Flooding

“The levee is about to burst”

Last January, water board Noorderzijlvest experienced near-flooding. Large amounts of precipitation coincided with above normal tides. For a few days, the water board was unable to use its pumping stations for drainage, and the polders gradually filled with water. At … Continue reading

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How to make a hydrological forecast – my way

For almost a year now, I’ve been a member of the Dutch River Forecasting Service, which is responsible for monitoring and forecasting of water levels and discharges of rivers Rhine and Meuse. For this, we have a wonderful tool available: … Continue reading

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“Estimating the benefits”; a venture into Latex’s beamer package

A few months ago, a paper on Estimating the benefits of single valued and probabilistic forecasts for flood warning by Micha Werner and myself was published in HESS. Last Wednesday, I gave a presentation on the concepts developed in that … Continue reading

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Estimating the benefits of single value and probability forecasting for flood warning

Last summer, Micha Werner and I submitted a paper to HESSD. The paper received fairly favourable reviews and the final revised paper was published in HESS just before Christmas 2011. Novelties presented in the paper: a framework to compare reductions of … Continue reading

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The Hero of Haarlem

Yesterday I had my picture taken with The Hero of Haarlem, who saved many from drowning by plugging a dike with his finger. Until tonight, I thought the boy was Hans Brinker but this appears not to be the case. … Continue reading

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I *love* time lapse videos

Every now and then I stumble across a time lapse video. Today’s favourite is a video of a lot of starry skies over a number of fascinating landscapes. Last week’s favourite was one of a McDonald’s Happy Meal not decaying … Continue reading

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Hydrology podcasts from BBC’s “Science in Action”

This summer, BBC’s “Science in Action” radio programme ran a number of items related to hydrology. The link between floods and cholera In September 1854, Dr John Snow discovered the cause of a cholera epidemic and removed the cause. A … Continue reading

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