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HESS | Articles | Volume 23, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1035–1044, 2019
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Special issue: HESS Opinions

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1035–1044, 2019
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the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Opinion article 20 Feb 2019

Opinion article | 20 Feb 2019

HESS Opinions: Socio-economic and ecological trade-offs of flood management – benefits of a transdisciplinary approach

Karl Auerswald et al.
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The demand for flood protection often results in the construction of more and bigger levees along rivers. We highlight that such technical solutions often result in undesired socio-economic and ecological consequences such as increased downstream flooding risk, changes of groundwater levels, and a loss of aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity. We propose a transdisciplinary approach of integrated flood management and green infrastructure instead of reliance on technical protection measures.
The demand for flood protection often results in the construction of more and bigger levees...