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HKV, knowledge entrepreneurs in flood risk and water resources management.

HKV is a privately owned company that was established 25 years ago in the Netherlands. Currently, HKV has about 70 staff members. HKV‘s core work is research and advice in water management, natural hazard and risk assessments, system behavior of fluvial zones and (geo-, hydro-)data analysis and modeling of rivers coasts and delta’s. The services of HKV are based on in-depth knowledge of hydrology, hydraulics, morphology, mathematics, remote sensing and IT.

A significant portion of our work and experience comes from water resource management activities in the Netherlands. HKV was responsible for the project `Flood Risk Netherlands`, where the combination of flood scenarios and damage assessment resulted into nation-wide flood risk maps and innovative flood protection measures. This wealth of Dutch experience is the foundation of our international activities, which has led to projects all around the world.

HKV works closely together with universities and research organizations to continually explore, test, develop and implement innovations, new approaches and services related to flood risk and water resource management. HKV is involved in IFI and EU funded projects, long term strategic assistance to governments, capacity building tracks, business to business, EU research and innovation programs.

 Organization Activities/ Business Field

Our services cover the following areas of expertise:

  • Rivers, coasts and deltas

  • Flood and drought risks

  • Disaster management

  • Data science

  • Data management & operational water management

  • Climate change

  • Water management


  • WAC-App: explore impacts of coastal interventions

In 2020 HKV and IHE Delft won the WACA call for innovation. The innovation WAC-App (see video link) was awarded with the first price of $30,000,-. The call for innovation was organized by the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA-program). The interactive WAC-app allows policymakers, technical specialists and other stakeholders to analyze, optimize and communicate coastal intervention and their long-term morphological consequences.

Our innovation WAC-App is an open-access, easy-to-use, interactive online application that gives insight into the effects of coastal interventions. It combines the predictions of the new coastline evolution model ShorelineS with the computational and data options of Google Earth Engine. WAC-App allows for easy impact assessments of coastal measures and supports decision making at different spatial and temporal scales. WAC-App allows users to get more insight in long-term coastal development and thereby facilitates communication between decision makers, technical experts and other stakeholders.

You can see the pitch of Fredrik Huthoff here:


One of the pilot studies in the FP7 project ENHANCE was about flood risk management in the Port of Rotterdam. Horizon, the EU Research & Innovation Magazine, interviewed our colleague Robin Nicolai about his project.

“Unlike much of the Netherlands, the Port of Rotterdam was built on relatively high ground outside the areas protected by dykes, in order to allow large tankers to dock there. It means that as the sea levels rise, there is an elevated flood risk, yet many of the businesses that have established themselves there – which includes oil and chemical firms – were not fully aware of this before they were told about it by an EU-funded project called ENHANCE, which looked at risk management for natural hazards in Europe.

Robin Nicolai believes that the Port of Rotterdam is vulnerable to a one-in-10 000-year flood at the moment, however that risk could increase to a one-in-1 000-year flood by 2100 under the most extreme climate change scenario due to rising sea levels. ' That's a factor of ten in flood probability,' he said.

As part of ENHANCE, Robin Nicolai and his team worked out that a flood like this could cause up to EUR 2 billion of damage. They have expanded discussions that were already taking place among the regional authorities so that they could include local businesses and representatives from the national government in the talks.

The idea is that these discussions should help companies work with the national government to develop a plan to prepare for floods, and he believes that discussions like this will become increasingly critical as Europe braces for the impact of climate change. 'All people that have some kind of responsibility of are influenced by these policies, they should be involved in the process of defining an adaptation strategy,' he said.”

You can read the whole article about ‘Europe adapts as climate change becomes reality' here:

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