Clumsy floodplains: Responsive land policy for extreme floods

Thomas Hartmann*

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Extreme floods cause enormous damage in floodplains, which levees cannot prevent. It is hence vital for spatial planning to provide space for water retention in these areas. However, attempts to make the space for rivers to provide retention are generally not very successful. Taking aninnovative, interdisciplinary approach, this book proposes a new concept Large Areas for Temporary Emergency Retention(LATER)in ‘Clumsy Floodplains’, as an alternative to levee-based protection.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd
Number of pages153
ISBN (Electronic)9781409418467
ISBN (Print)9781409418450
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes


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