Articles | Volume 22, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 5629–5637, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-5629-2018

Special issue: Panta Rhei: opinions and progress towards hydrology for a...

Special issue: HESS Opinions 2018

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 5629–5637, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-5629-2018

Opinion article 30 Oct 2018

Opinion article | 30 Oct 2018

Hess Opinions: An interdisciplinary research agenda to explore the unintended consequences of structural flood protection

Giuliano Di Baldassarre et al.

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One common approach to cope with floods is the implementation of structural flood protection measures, such as levees. Numerous scholars have problematized this approach and shown that increasing levels of flood protection can generate a false sense of security and attract more people to the risky areas. We briefly review the literature on this topic and then propose a research agenda to explore the unintended consequences of structural flood protection.