How The Netherlands Simulated The Sea Before Computers: The Waterloopbos

How The Netherlands Simulated The Sea Before Computers: The Waterloopbos

“Build some models” seems obvious: but this is a story of ingenuity, of using natural resources well, and of a country that humans dragged from the sea.

More about Waterloopbos:
in English: https://www.holland.com/global/tourism/destinations/provinces/flevoland/deltawerk-at-the-waterloopbos.htm
in Dutch: https://www.natuurmonumenten.nl/natuurgebieden/waterloopbos

Thanks to Dr Van Rijn and all the team at Waterloopbos, and to Lennert and Sander who both suggested this!

Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)

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50 Comments

  1. Jace Bond on December 2, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Hey, that’s my country! I hope you had/are having a good stay here!

  2. Michael Lowry on December 2, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    1/5-1/3 of their land is below sealevel, depending on the tide…

  3. Helemaal Niks on December 2, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    10/10 Dunglish

  4. Annabel Geerts on December 2, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    G E K O L O N I S E E R D

    I N G E P O L D E R D

  5. oyonggo fomocci on December 2, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Yep. The Dutch are civil engineering gods.

  6. Mark Laagland on December 2, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Two fun facts:

    1. The storm surge barrier is quite literally out of their control. Opening and closing the barrier is managed by a computer which will close it whenever needed. Humans may wait an hour for the last ships to come in, or even try to save money. A risk that is almost never justifiable given the number of homes relying on this barrier. So it was decided the system would be build from the ground up in such a way that the people managing the system would be unable to interfere with the decision making process. There are, obviously, ways to shut down the system, but this would require work on multiple sites (tripping breakers etc) or agreement from multiple high-up people in different organisations.

    2. The Dutch will never even try to conquer water. It’s a fight they know they will loose. The Dutch manage water. Getting rid of the water is neigh impossible, but leading it through channels is, for them, perfectly doable.

  7. Gray Kin on December 2, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Hi5 to the dutch

  8. Victor Abreu on December 2, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    This channel has got to be the best thing YouTube ever recommended to me.

  9. Francis on December 2, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Wow how interesting. I’m Dutch and of course knew about the deltaworks, but not about waterloopbos and the model studies back in the day! Cool.

  10. Frank Harr on December 2, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I’m surprised they don’t maintain it. I’m not surprised they had it and that they don’t use it any more

  11. tonyrox5 on December 2, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Could you explain to me what supertasks are? I watched Vsauce’s video on it but I didnt quite get it and would like to know more about it

  12. Illusion Clan on December 2, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    ITS THE TWO DRUMS AND A CIMBLE FALL OFF A CLIF GUY

  13. Greg Ewing on December 2, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    You’ve successfully defended the Netherlands against everything nature can throw at it, reached the final level, and now you have to face… the Water Loop Boss.

  14. Mike Downey on December 2, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Very interesting. I had never heard of this. A similar thing was done in America to model the Mississippi, which was covered in an episode of the 99% Invisible podcast.

  15. Ruben K on December 2, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    2:28 floemol

  16. Vlorisz on December 2, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    My dad used to work there. Extraordinary place to walk around.

  17. Dooran w on December 2, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Niemand:
    Nederland:Ziet water *G E K O L O N I S E E R D*

  18. Guido van hoboken on December 2, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Welkom in Nederland

  19. Scott MacWatters on December 2, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    If “quantum supremacy” is now when we have quantum computers surpassing regular computers, what was it called when traditional computers surpassed physical models like this?

  20. Hannah Miyamoto on December 2, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    When I earned my Civil Engineering degree in the 1980s, we relied upon water models of all sizes, but none were outside. For example, I went on a tour of the St. Anthony Falls Hydraulic Laboratory, which used the flow of the Mississippi River at St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis, Minnesota — actually, just a tiny piece of that flow — to provide moving water to test all kinds of designs and systems.

  21. coltin engle on December 2, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    "each x is worth Y." When? When it was built? In post inflation/today’s money? Is that simply the material costs or labor included? What about upkeep and overhead? What about return on investment through tourism? When One says X is worth Y I assume at that point they have 0 credibility.

  22. Current Batches on December 2, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    3:58 – BS. No one on earth has reliable weather records for more than maybe 3,000 years; claiming you can design for a one in 10,000 year event is nothing other than BS.

  23. BLACKLIGHT on December 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    dikste accent ooit

  24. Koning Hassan XVI on December 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    GEKOLONISEERD

  25. Jacob L on December 2, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    The Dutch: Good thing we’re all make an equal amount of effort to combat climate change!

    US and China; *laughs nervously*

  26. Anshul Mishra on December 2, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    I was surprised that you had good weather there. You managed to see the sun! I have been to the Netherlands 4-5 times and not once have I seen the sunny weather there. haha

  27. The Cereal Guy on December 2, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    hm

  28. Luxetbono on December 2, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    It would have been nice if you had went into more detail about what we were seeing in the ruins. But, maybe that’s too much for your ‘Built for Science’ series.

  29. Tolkien Fan on December 2, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    The oceans are rising ! How can this be ?! The ice caps melting ? Greenhouse gases ?
    Nope just the Dutch kicking the ocean off there property.

  30. The Dude on December 2, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    I love the dutch accent you hear in english, the best way to identify a dutchmen abroad

  31. Chris Lambe on December 2, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Whp also read: Neanderthals simulated the sea before computers?

  32. forkless on December 2, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    There are only three things that control the tides. The lunar cycle, the winds and the Dutch.

  33. Pentium extreme edition ‘ on December 2, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    I live in the Netherlands

  34. Darchendon on December 2, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    pfffffft
    I do this all the time in minecraft

  35. Janne Peltonen on December 2, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    When the rest of Europe is under the sea, the Netherlands will have dams all around, with 100% of the country below sea level. They will arrange trips to the sunken cities of France, Belgium, and Germany…

  36. SEPPDROID on December 2, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Goddammit i was there 3 weeks ago! Its my monthly walk there. Could’ve seen you there

  37. ML255TV on December 2, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Now the only thing they need to make a true computer is for it all to overflow…

  38. BLACKLIGHT on December 2, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Water jonguh

  39. bakasheru on December 2, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    In my home town we have an area called "graan voor vis" that translates roughly to "exchanged fish for wheat". Yes… my home town is at the bottom of a giant drained lake.

  40. Shauka Hodan on December 2, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    -2019: Water 2019: ALBLASSERWAARDPOLDER

  41. StarkRG on December 2, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    So, it’s the European version of the Bay Model. Nice.

  42. Peter Mogensen on December 2, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    There are 2 kinds of levies…
    Those which have failed , – and those which will fail.

  43. Jason Jones on December 2, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Hey Tom, you should do a video on the Prada Marfa art exhibit in Marfa, Texas. A very interesting piece and story.

  44. Blaise Dahl on December 2, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Great video

  45. LAUS art on December 2, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    FLOOM

  46. Arwah Sapi on December 2, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    The sinking Jakarta: "We need the Dutch back"

  47. birdnest on December 2, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Remember not to but Tesco Knifes

  48. GrixxlyStrength on December 2, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I couldn’t understand a single word of "English" the Dr. Spoke

  49. YOUP on December 2, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    wtf zijn accent

  50. Military Marches & Classical Music on December 2, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    They should add the Dutch to age of empires and allow them to build on water

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