The Dutch delta formed under rising sea level by sediments from the rivers flowing through the Netherlands. Reconstructing the past development helps to understand possible future trends. It is unclear whether the delta will be able to keep up with fast future sea level rise. However, it is clear that a lot sediment would be needed. Sediment from the rivers form elevated corridors in the landscape, the natural levees, that can decrease future flood risk. The sediment is more easily captured in natural vegetation.
This video is part of the collection of videos made for the Bruningslecture of Utrecht University (bruningslecture.nl/).