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HESS | Articles | Volume 23, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1035–1044, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1035-2019
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Special issue: HESS Opinions 2019

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1035–1044, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1035-2019
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Opinion article 20 Feb 2019

Opinion article | 20 Feb 2019

HESS Opinions: Socio-economic and ecological trade-offs of flood management – benefits of a transdisciplinary approach

Karl Auerswald et al.

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The demand for flood protection often results in the construction of more and bigger levees along rivers. We highlight that such technical solutions often result in undesired socio-economic and ecological consequences such as increased downstream flooding risk, changes of groundwater levels, and a loss of aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity. We propose a transdisciplinary approach of integrated flood management and green infrastructure instead of reliance on technical protection measures.
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