Climate channels

Research project

This project aims to investigate whether where and how the channels in Friesland could give rise to sustainable area development from a technical (water quality and water quantity), physical-spatial and socioeconomic perspective. The landscape in and surrounding the channels and the features in it could be made more resilient by storing more water in wet periods so that it can be used in drier periods. The combination with other features in the area could trigger a reinforcing synergetic effect. For example, a water-storing feature could be combined with new forms of agriculture, the circular economy, the housing economy and the leisure economy. Agriculture will experience positive effects as a result of the availability of sufficient clean water in otherwise drier periods.


  1. An exploratory study – initially for the Friesland water board – into the significance of channels for Friesland (landscape, economy, nautical, nature, cultural-historical, water management, climate impact). In parallel to Room for Rivers, a basic study into Room for Canals in Friesland is conducted in order to absorb the impact of the extremes of climate change. A basic study into numbers, locations, significance for water management, landscape, circular economy and users.
  2. Development of selection criteria for the choice of an CALIBRATION-CLIMATE CHANNEL (analogous to CALIBRATION-DIKE)
  3. A ''stretch of channel'' is selected as living water lab (water-knowledge workshop). Space around the channel to conduct experiments within the framework of integral and sustainable water management (read: smart water management via links between space and time with sensors)
  4. In 2017/2018: organisation of a climate channels symposium for, by and with students in the run-up to a project within the context of 2018 Capital of Culture.
  5. A clearly recognisable and usable (digital) publication full of interesting information for education/research/ government/entrepreneurs who want to learn and use their experiences in future tasks in the way of channels.
  6. A graduation thesis and an article in H2O or similar (inter)national professional magazine.
  7. Continued development of measuring techniques such as drones with sensors.
  8. Constructive contribution to the Friesian debate on “landscape pain”, climate channels and ways to remedy landscape pain.
  9. A knowledge clip of the peak storage guide model for climate channels in peat areas in close cooperation with Climate Adaptation Services (CAS).
  10. Making a contribution to the National Adaptation Strategy via a climate channels icon project.

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Start – 1 December 2016
End – 1 April 2018

Core team

  • Jan Fliervoet
  • Adrian Noortman
  • Peter Groenhuijzen
  • Inge Lotterman-de Vries


  • CAS Climate Adaptation Services
  • Wetterskip Fryslan