Hotspot Schiphol Mainport

Schiphol Airport and the surrounding area (Schiphol Mainport) are very vulnerable to climate change. The airport is situated, from a hydrology point of view, in one of the most complex and fragile urban areas in the world. There is no doubt that continued land subsidence, coupled with more intense periods of precipitation and drought and with an accelerated rise in sea levels, will be the cause of fundamental changes in the design and use of the whole of the Schiphol region.

Climate change and the resulting change in weather conditions not only affect daily operations at Schiphol Airport, but are also a determining factor in possible future expansion. Schiphol needs to anticipate such changes in weather and climate if it is to maintain its competitive position as a mainport.   

Climate change is a driving force for research into adaptation possibilities, to enable the population in the Schiphol area to live securely with water and to find solutions for the stress Schiphol airport places on the region. Various areas will be particularly affected by adaptation, for which more knowledge is required concerning changes in weather and climate and their effects:

    • Water management, in particular water quantity and quality
    • Spatial design, in particular the reliability of airport capacity in the long term
    • The airport operation, in particular reliability in the short term
    • Related issues, such as maintenance activities

The objective for this Hotspot was to develop knowledge in order to climate proof Schiphol and to contribute to sustainable operations at Schiphol Mainport, now and in the future.

The Climate Proof Schiphol programme had two themes:

    1. Spatial design (issues such as drainage, salinisation and water level management, the attractiveness of land to birds and the relationship with the soil-water-vegetation system)
    2. Operations (better prediction of weather conditions, prediction of noise and methods to prevent water pollution resulting from the use of de-icing chemicals)

Midterm Assessment 2012 (webpage)
Midterm Review Report: Sonja Döpp (Knowledge for Climate) (ed), Peter van den Brink (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol) (2012). Hotspot Schiphol Mainport, Midterm Assessment 2012, KfC report number 65/2012


Projects and Publications
List with all Schiphol Mainport publications.

Read more about: WindVisions - an airport Wind and Visibility Monito-ring System for critical weather conditions in a changing climate

HSMS01: WindVisions - an airport Wind and Visibility Monitoring System for critical weather conditions in a changing climate
The objective of this proposal was to develop a Wind and Visibility Monitoring System (WindVisions) at Mainport Schiphol. The system consists of a vertically scanning remote sensing instrument, a so-called light or sound detecting and ranging instrument (LIDAR... read more

Read more about: Climatology and climate scenarios Mainport Schiphol

HSMS02: Climatology and climate scenarios Schiphol Mainport
Meteorological conditions have a big influence on air traffic. The Schiphol Airport authorities, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands and the airlines on Schiphol need climate data for future operational, infrastructural and spatial planning to enable a sustainable organisation and infrastructure of the airport. This project delivered tailored information about the current local climate on... read more

Read more about: The impact of climate change on the critical weather conditions at Schiphol airport

HSMS03: The impact of climate change on the critical weather conditions at Schiphol Airport
The aim of the IMPACT project was: 1) to better understand the impact of climate change on the Schiphol operations, and 2) to provide new innovative tools to analyse and forecast the weather at the airport with the accuracy that Schiphol operations require. Adequate analysis and forecasting tools are needed for daily Schiphol... read more

Read more about: Climate scan Schiphol region

HSRS01: Climate scan Schiphol region
The Schiphol region is an important economic driver and is also very dynamic. Not only due to the presence of the Schiphol Airport, but also due to several extensive projects which play an important role in the development of the Northern part of the Randstad. This research was about the current spatial planning as well as future spatial developments ... read more

HSMS3.1: Future perspectives for a Regional Adaptation Strategy for Hotspot Schiphol Mainport. Executive Summary
The most important general finding is that Schiphol’s current operational and management practices offer a satisfactory context for managing the impact of climate change. There is no need for radical adjustments or interventions in the current situation or near future... read more