Managing Flood Risk

Innovative Approaches from Big Floodplain Rivers and Urban Streams

  • Anna Serra-Llobet
  • G. Mathias Kondolf
  • Kathleen Schaefer
  • Scott Nicholson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Anna Serra-Llobet, G. Mathias Kondolf, Kathleen Schaefer, Scott Nicholson
    Pages 1-8
  3. Big River Basins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Charles E. Shadie, Pilar Lopez-Llompart, Melissa Samet, Todd Strole, G. Mathias Kondolf
      Pages 11-41
    3. Rod Mayer, Timothy Washburn, John Cain, Anna Serra-Llobet
      Pages 43-73
    4. Laurent Schmitt, Dale Morris, G. Mathias Kondolf
      Pages 75-89
  4. Urban Streams

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Bill De Groot, David Mallory, Georges Descombes, G. Mathias Kondolf, Anna Serra-Llobet
      Pages 135-146
    3. Anna Serra-Llobet, G. Mathias Kondolf
      Pages 147-153
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 155-164

About this book


The past half century has seen an evolution in thinking from ‘flood control’ to ‘flood risk management’, recognizing that risk results from both hazard and vulnerability. Rather than rely only on engineering structures to reduce flood magnitude or extent, recent policies emphasize avoiding construction in flood-prone areas (or moving people from floodplains), reducing impacts on exposed populations through early warning systems, and insurance to aid in recovery. Implementing this new approach faces many challenges but also offers opportunities for synergies, as described in this book for a range of large floodplain rivers and smaller urban streams across North America and Europe. This book is unique in presenting the voices of those on the front lines of implementing a new paradigm in flood risk management, each river with a unique set of challenges and opportunities derived from its specific geography as well as differences in governance between the American and European contexts.   


flood risk flood management river management river restoration environmental management natural resource maagement urban streams floodplain rivers environmental policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna Serra-Llobet
    • 1
  • G. Mathias Kondolf
    • 2
  • Kathleen Schaefer
    • 3
  • Scott Nicholson
    • 4
  1. 1.University of California BerkeleyBerkeley, CAUSA
  2. 2.University of California BerkeleyBerkeley, CAUSA
  3. 3.University of California BerkeleyBerkeley, CAUSA
  4. 4.University of California BerkeleyBerkeley, CAUSA

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