Amsterdam is the capital city of The Netherlands, a European country built over several centuries on an alluvial plain below sea level. In its latest battle against the sea, the country plans to spend over a billion dollars to protect it against sea surges.
Never before attempted, the plan is a complete reversal of previous strategies. The plan embraces the sea instead of warding it off. Through a series of sluices, retention areas, and impoundments to hold and then slowly release the sea water, the Dutch government expects the plan to protect the country from catastrophic flooding. Other areas of the world prone to flooding anxiously awaits whether or not the Dutch plan will succeed.