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The role of hydraulic engineering in support of flood mitigation and resilience

Author(s): Stefan Haun, Daniela Molinari, Marian Muste and Benjamin Dewals

Linked Author(s): Stefan Haun, Daniela Molinari, Marian Muste, Benjamin J. Dewals

Keywords: hydraulic engineering; flood mitigation; IFRM


Over the last several decades, global flood events have resulted in human suffering, economic costs and damage to cultural and environmental heritage. The changing climate, transformations of rural landscapes and unsustainable urban population growth will lead to an even further increase in many regions of the world. Although experts from academia, together with professionals, are increasing knowledge on the causes and consequences of flood events, we are still far away from managing floods properly. 

A major reason is that traditional approaches in flood management focus mainly on a hazard-centered perspective and avoiding flooding through mainly hydraulic structures. Integrated Flood Risk Management (IFRM) is a more comprehensive approach compared to this traditional pathway. IFRM shifts away from isolated and short-term solutions towards a risk management framework, which ensures flood mitigation in a holistic, transparent manner. 

This White Paper provides an overview of principles and ongoing developments in IFRM. Special focus is thereby set on the future role of hydraulic engineers in flood risk management, ensuring sustainable flood risk mitigation planning and implementation in the future. 


Year: 2023

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