Flood Hazard Management: British and International Perspectives

By John Handmer | Go to book overview

2

THE FLOOD PROBLEM IN PERSPECTIVE

John W. Handmer

Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex Polytechnic


ABSTRACT

Just how extensive is the urban flood problem in England and Wales, and how does it compare with flooding in Australia and the USA? Also what characterises the response to flooding in Britain and how effective has this been? Data are assembled in this chapter which enable comparison of the extent of the residential flood risk between the three countries. Issues concerned with flood hazard characteristics and response are raised as a prelude to more detailed discussion later in the book.


INTRODUCTION

We have seen that in one important respect, the impact of research on policy, flood hazard management in Britain is quite different from that in the USA and to a lesser extent to that in Canada and Australia. But, what about other aspects of the urban flood hazard?

Non-British observers may well assume that the local flood problem is generally similar to that reported in the now rather vast literature on the USA. Indeed some British commentators have suggested that this is the case (Smith and Tobin, 1979; Penning-Rowsell, 1976; Parker, 1976). Namely that urban flooding is a serious problem characterised by a steady rise in damages as exposure to the flood risk increases; that structural flood damage reduction measures used alone are now widely regarded as unsuccessful; that a uniform politically determined level of protection (or “level of service” approach) is displacing benefit-cost analysis; and that widespread effective land-use control is something of an innovation which is seeing increasing use along with other “individual” measures such as flood proofing. It might also be quite reasonable to expect that with such a long written history Britain's hydro-meteorological records would be exceptionally long and complete (at least in

-9-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Flood Hazard Management: British and International Perspectives
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 297

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.