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A restatement of the natural science evidence concerning catchment-based ‘natural’ flood management in the UK

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posted on 20.04.2017, 13:16 by Simon J. Dadson, Jim W. Hall, Anna Murgatroyd, M.C. Acreman, Paul Bates, Keith Beven, Louise Heathwaite, Joseph Holden, Ian Holman, Stuart N. Lane, Enda O'Connell, Edmund Penning-Rowsell, Nick S. Reynard, D.A. Sear, Colin Thorne, Robert Wilby
Flooding is a very costly natural hazard in the UK 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 UK. 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.

Funding

The project was funded by the Oxford Martin School (part of the University of Oxford), and though many groups were consulted, the project was conducted completely independently of any stakeholder.

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  • Social Sciences

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  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science

Volume

473

Issue

2199

Pages

20160706 - 20160706

Citation

DADSON, S.J. ... et al, 2017. A restatement of the natural science evidence concerning catchment-based ‘natural’ flood management in the UK. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science, 473 (2199), pp. 20160706-20160706.

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0/

Acceptance date

08/02/2017

Publication date

2017-03-15

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Royal Society under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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1364-5021

eISSN

1471-2946

Language

en

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