Articles | Volume 23, issue 2
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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, Peter Moyle, Simon Paul Seibert, and Juergen Geist

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Filling the gap between plot and landscape scale – eight years of soil erosion monitoring in 14 adjacent watersheds under soil conservation at Scheyern, Southern Germany
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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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