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Rising Waters
The Causes and Consequences of Flooding in the United States

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  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521193214

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  • In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans in 2005, this interdisciplinary book brings together five years of empirical research funded by the National Science Foundation. It explores the causes of flooding in the United States and the ways in which local communities can reduce the associated human casualties and property damage. Focussing on Texas and Florida, the authors investigate factors other than rainfall that determine the degree of flooding, and consider the key role of non-structural techniques and strategies in flood mitigation. The authors present an empirical and multi-scale assessment that underlines the critical importance of local planning and development decisions. Written for advanced students and researchers in hazard mitigation, hydrology, geography, environmental planning and public policy, this book will also provide policy makers, government employees and engineers with important insights into how to make their communities more resilient to the adverse impacts of flooding.

    • Provides an interdisciplinary look at the causes and consequences of chronic flooding in the United States
    • Uses rigorous empirical research to examine how local communities can reduce the human casualties and property damage associated with flooding
    • Demonstrates the benefits and effectiveness of strategies other than structural or engineering approaches to flood mitigation
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521193214
    • length: 206 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 20 maps 25 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction: rising waters
    Part I. The Consequences of Floods:
    2. Rising cost of floods in the United States
    3. Impacts of flooding in coastal Texas and Florida
    4. National and state flood policy mitigation in the US
    Part II. Planning Decisions and Flood Attenuation:
    5. Identifying the factors influencing flooding and flood damage
    6. The role of wetlands: federal policies, losses and floods
    7. Mitigation strategies and reduction of flood damages
    8. Other factors influencing flooding and flood damage
    Part III. What Are We Learning?:
    9. Policy learning for local flood mitigation
    10. Local case studies in Texas and Florida
    Part IV. Policy Implications and Recommendations:
    11. Flood policy recommendations
    12. Conclusion

  • Authors

    Samuel D. Brody, Texas A & M University

    Wesley E. Highfield, Texas A & M University

    Jung Eun Kang, Korea Environment Institute

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