Ruud Brekelmans

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Dike height optimization is of major importance to the Netherlands as a large part of the country lies below sea level and high water levels in rivers can cause floods. A cost-benefit analysis is discussed in Eijgenraam et al. (2010), which is an improvement of the model Van Dantzig (1956) introduced after a devastating flood in the Netherlands in 1953. We(More)
This paper determines the optimal timing of dike heightenings as well as the corresponding optimal dike heightenings to protect against floods. To derive the optimal policy we design an algorithm based on the Impulse Control Maximum Principle. In this way the paper presents one of the first real life applications of the Impulse Control Maximum Principle(More)
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