A restatement of the natural science evidence concerning catchment-based "natural” flood management in the United Kingdom

Simon Dadson, Jim W. Hall, Anna Murgatroyd, Mike Acreman, Paul Bates, K Beven, A. L. Heathwaite, Joseph Holden, Ian Holman, SN Lane, Enda O'Connell, EC Penning-Rowsell, Nick Reynard, David A. Sear, CR Thorne, Rob Wilby

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Abstract

Flooding is a very costly natural hazard in Great Britain and is expected to increase further under future climate change scenarios. Flood defences are commonly deployed to protect communities and property from flooding, but in recent years flood management policy has looked towards solutions that seek to mitigate flood risk at flood-prone sites through targeted interventions throughout the catchment, sometimes using techniques which involve working with natural processes. This paper describes a project to provide a succinct summary of the natural science evidence base concerning the effectiveness of catchment-based “natural” flood management in the United Kingdom. The evidence summary is designed to be read by an informed but not technically-specialist audience. Each evidence statement is placed into one of four categories describing the nature of the underlying information. The evidence summary forms the appendix to this paper and an annotated bibliography is provided in the electronic supplementary material.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20160706
Number of pages19
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Volume473
Issue number2199
Early online date15 Mar 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017

Keywords

  • Flood risk management
  • Hydrology
  • Natural flood management
  • Science policy

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