Notwithstanding past achievements, flood damage continues to rise throughout the world as the magnitudes of floods increase, partly as a result of poor land management and partly by climate change, growing populations and continuing development in flood-prone areas, and the aging and deterioration of flood defences.
One of the major goals of water management is the protection of society from floods. That issue is addressed here in terms of such broad issues as flood analysis, flood impact, non-structural and structural flood management measures. Non-structural measures focus on flood plain management, flood insurance, flood forecasting and warning, and emergency measures during floods. Structural measures focus on catchment management, embankments and flood reservoirs. Post-flood measures are also discussed.
Future planning of flood management should be based on a clear understanding of the effectiveness interventions and their impacts on river catchment ecosystems.
Arguing that source controls are generally highly cost-effective in managing stormwater runoff in urban and agricultural areas, the editors present 27 papers devoted to measures designed to control the generation of and entry of pollutants into stormwater runoff, with an emphasis on non-structural and semi-structural measures. The papers are organized into sections looking at: a review of source controls, general strategies for stormwater management, source control measure studies, urban flood management studies and modeling, source controls in rural catchments, and source control implementation. Specific topics include influences of land use and land cover conditions of flood generation, evaluation of impacts of control measures applied in the source catchments by mathematical models, and the variability of rainwater infiltration through different urban surfaces. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Preface. Acknowledgement. List of Participants. 1. Review of Source Controls. 2. General Strategies for Stormwater Management. 3. Source Control Measure Studies. 4. Urban Flood Management Studies and Modelling. 5. Source Controls in Rural Catchments. 6. Source Control Implementation. Index.