Symposium Knowledge and Innovation for Decision Making

Friday, 27 October 2017

Boussinesqweg 1, Delft, The Netherlands
Date 27 October 2017
Time 12:00 - 17:30
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Registry fee € Free
Chair Jaap Kwadijk
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How to make sound decisions regarding policy or investment in a context of high uncertainty? How to take into account the long-term consequences of these decisions under this context? These are some of the many questions revolving around decision making processes and are precisely where Science and Technology can play a key role.

Delta Plans, urban resilience, flood risk management, fresh water supply, energy, telecommunications, defence systems, transport and infrastructure are all examples of fields with challenges in Decision Making. All these fields require long-term objectives which are often defined by short-term decisions. Making sound short-term decisions is critical, yet we live in an increasingly unpredictable dynamic world governed by competing and changing beliefs and preferences. In that sense, there are certain technologies and Decision Support Systems that can help us make decisions by presenting information relevant to our critical questions in a configuration that’s easy to understand and that will help to answer “what if” questions for the long-term.

The Symposium “Knowledge and Innovation in Decision Making” gives an overview of challenges in increasing sealevels, intensifying weather extremes and increasing impacts in combination with new creative methods, innovative tools, state-of-the-art technologies and (big) data solutions that can help us to make sound decisions in the face of these challenges. The advantage of these tools is that they present information in a configuration that is easy to understand by integrating data with a consistent methodology, and they can provide information tailored to a specific decision.

Main topics:

  • ICT and monitoring using sensor technology, remote sensing, drones
  • Open source and big data for sustainable water management and planning
  • Decision Support Systems for operation and adaptive planning

Methods, tools and technologies:


This event is organized in close collaboration with the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW 2017) from 30 Oct - 3 Nov.


Schedule - Friday, 27 October 2017

Time Event
12:00 - 13:00 Arrival with lunch in Delta Plaza
13:00 - 13:15 Welcome + opening
Maarten Smits, Managing Director, Deltares
13:15 - 13:45 Rising seas, intensifying weather extremes and increasing impacts: developments in assessing coastal hazard and risks in view of climate change
Michalis Vousdoukas, European Joint Research Centre, Italy
13:45 - 14:15 Experiences and innovative approaches in the Delta Program
Jos van Alphen, Delta Program Commissioner & Meinte Blaas, Rijkswaterstaat, Netherlands
14:15 - 14:45 Coastal Hazards Adaptation Resiliency: San Francisco Bay region, USA
Rohin Saleh, Alameda County Flood Control District, USA
14:45 - 15:15 Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100: Prediction of Morphological Evolution of the Meghna & Meta-modelling for decision support
Zahirul Haque Khan, Division Director Institute of Water Modelling, Bangladesh & Willem Van Deursen
15:15 - 15:30 Assessing Critical Infrastructure: Cascading Impacts in Manzese Dar es Salaam
Shristi Vaidya, Deltares
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break and demos at DemoPlaza
16:00 - 16:30 Big data & ICT revolution for water management
Joost Icke, Deltares
16:30 - 17:15 Plenary discussion
Jaap Kwadijk, Scientific Director, Deltares
17:15 - 17:30 Closing
17:30 - 18:30 Drinks