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Deltares is an independent, institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface and infrastructure. Throughout the world, Deltares works on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. Our main focus is on deltas, coastal regions and river basins. Managing these densely populated and vulnerable areas is complex, which is why Deltares works closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes and universities at home and abroad. As an applied research institute, the success of Deltares can be measured in the extent to which our expert knowledge can be used in and for society. All contracts and projects, whether financed privately or from strategic research budgets, contribute to the consolidation of the knowledge base which is aligned along five societal challenges:

  • Flood Risk
  • Sustainable Delta Planning
  • Delta Infrastructure
  • Water and subsoil resources
  • Ecosystems and environmental quality.

The Graceful project adds to our knowledge on Sustainable Delta Planning, and in particular to the subtheme “Climate, water and spatial planning”. In this area Deltares work includes science-policy interfacing, aiming to narrow the gap between scientific knowledge and policy-making, decisions-taking and designing. Deltares main task in the project is leading the work package concerns the “Climate Resilient Urban Design Problem Case” (WP2), which serves as the intermediate between the policy maker and stakeholder world and the technology providing partners. This work package includes identifying, conceptualizing and generalizing problem elements and support tools, by analysing a real world case.


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