Jeroen Aerts in various media about recent European floods
After VU Amsterdam published a press release about a recent study conducted by Prof. Jeroen Aerts and PhD researcher Jennifer Poussin of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), professor on water and climate risk Jeroen Aerts came in the news about the recent floods in Europe. According Aerts, the increase in flood damage was mainly due to the deferred maintenance to preventive measures, he said in Trouw, the Telegraph and the Leiden newspaper.
Damage caused by floods continues to rise in the future, and insurances are likely to become priceless. The increase in flood damage in Europe over the past 20-30 years has been mainly due to overdue maintenance to prevention, and the development of new residential areas and vital infrastructure in regions that are flood prone. Despite strict buiding regulations, more homes are just build in dangerous areas, neglecting the mandatory prevention measures. The damage continues to rise in the future and this became evident from a recent study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
To read the whole press release (in Dutch) please go to the website of the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam by acessing the link below