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Clumsy Floodplains: Responsive Land Policy for Extreme Floods

By: Thomas Hartmann

170 pages, b/w illus

Ashgate Publishing Limited

Hardback | Jan 2011 | #190690 | ISBN-13: 9781409418450
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NHBS Price: £65.00 $80/€73 approx

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Adopting an innovative interdisciplinary approach, this book examines how society can manage the use of the floodplains along rivers in the face of extreme floods, focusing in particular on the relation between social arrangements and the elemental forces of floods.

The author proposes an innovative concept - Large Areas for Temporary Emergency Retention (LATER) - as an alternative to levee-based flood protection. The concept aims at reducing damage by extreme floods in a catchment area by inundating less valuable areas to protect places that are more valuable. It examines how this LATER concept might be implemented in areas where there is currently a clumsy style of floodplain management, what interventions are required and how these might come about effectively.


Preface: a passion for floods; Structure of the book; Clumsy floodplains; Coping with extreme floods; Responsive land policy for LATER; References; Interviews; Index.

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Dr Thomas Hartmann, School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University, Germany.

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