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File Floating cities: Environmental Atlas of Europe - The Netherlands
Almost a third of the Netherlands lies below sea level, and over the centuries the country has developed a highly efficient flood-defence system. The tragic floods of 1953, caused by a storm surge and exceptionally spring tides, led to a range of modern-day engineering solutions as well as a heightened awareness in Dutch society of the dangers of sea level rise. But when, in the mid 1990s, unusually heavy rain in Belgium and Germany caused the Rhine and the Meuse to breach their banks and hundreds of thousands of people had to be evacuated, it was clear that long-term action would have to be taken to protect against flooding from river water as well. The government has now launched a wide ranging programme of adaptation schemes to protect the coasts from sea-level and to create 'Room for the River', by establishing unobstructed spaces into which the major rivers can safely over-flow.
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File City of five seas: Environmental Atlas of Europe — Russia
Nizhny Novgorod has a population of 1.3 million and is one of Russia's most important industrial cities. Its process manufacturing plants are heavily reliant on water, supplied from the Volga River and one of its tributaries, the Oka. The region's drinking water also comes from the Upper Volga Basin.
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Highlight How vulnerable could your city be to climate impacts?
Climate change will affect Europe's cities in different ways. To give an overall impression of the challenge for European cities to adapt to climate change, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a series of detailed interactive maps, allowing users to explore data from more than 500 cities across Europe.
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Publication Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe
Challenges and opportunities for cities together with supportive national and European policies
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Figure D source code Number of people affected by flooding per million population in the WHO European Region
Number of people affected by flooding per million population in the WHO European Region (total over the period 2000–2011). ‘People affected’, as defined in EM-DAT, are people who require immediate assistance during a period of emergency, including displaced or evacuated people. EM-DAT/CRED and the Dartmouth Flood Observatory were analysed to determine the flooded countries in the WHO European Region and the impact of these floods.
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Figure Bathing water areas with abnormal situations caused by Central European floods
Map illustrate the bathing waters that were affected by the 2013 Central European flood (around 1 June) and sampling of bathing waters were not possible and the bathing.
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Figure Recurrence of flood events in Europe between 1998-2005
Note: In producing this map, satellite images of the flooded areas were examined and used as a basis for mapping the major river catchments affected by flooding during the period 1998-2005
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Figure River catchments affected by flooding (1998-2005)
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Figure Occurrence of flood events in Europe 1998-2008
The map shows the number of flood events in Europe from 1998 to 2008
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Figure Modelled number of people flooded across Europe's coastal areas in 1961-1990 and in the 2080s
The map shows the modelled number of people flooded across Europe's coastal areas
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