Rising Waters

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

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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.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 8 b/w illus. 20 maps 25 tables
  • 1139073443
  • 9781139073448

Table of contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 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; References; Index.show more

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'[This] book, packed with data and maps, is directed to advanced students and researchers in hazards, but it also contains a wealth of information for the interested layman.' Natural Hazards Observershow more