Parking spaces and playgrounds in Rotterdam will be resistant to weather changes Facts
Dutch city to develop new ways to protect the city from increasing rainfall and tides caused by climate change.
Photo: The protective sheath of storm surge at the entrance to Rotterdam — the largest port in Europe.
Windmills, which are known to all as a symbol of the Netherlands, are reminiscent of the fact that residents of low-lying areas were able to hold back the tides. In addition to the barriers, the first of which were built about 1,000 years ago, in the Netherlands there are also drainage mill. They have always been effective in protecting 60% of the population living below sea level.
New ways to counter climate change, causing heavy rains and strong tides, must be found. Since Rotterdam — the second largest city in the country, located in the delta of the rivers Rhine and Meuse, more than 90% of the city is below sea level, which makes the city particularly vulnerable.
"We have always invested in the prevention of water ingress into the city, that is shielded from the water, and now try to find ways to live with water. Application of traditional technologies drainage mills obsolete, because they can not rise higher and higher, "- said the deputy mayor.
Despite the fact that politicians have questioned the issue of climate change, Rotterdam increasingly have to deal with the floods. Therefore be considered and introduced the following new features:
- Parking lots, combined with reservoir designed to hold 10,000 cubic meters of rain water (millions of euros will be saved by this decision);
- "Water area", which under normal conditions are playgrounds, and during heavy rains retain water, which is then gradually goes through the sewage system;
- Olympic rowing canal, which increases in volume, speaking as another reservoir;
- Roof gardens that absorb rainwater and carbon dioxide, reducing the temperature readings of the city (about 40 thousand square meters are built every year at 50% subsidy nd);
- The floating city of the island along the coastlines.
Efforts to create a sustainable climate change conditions in Rotterdam is a long term plan for the "Rotterdam — a water town in 2035", the embodiment of which will require a minimum of 100 million euros. For many coastal cities, this is a dream that begins to embody in the Netherlands.