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Floodplains are among the most productive ecosystems on the planet – they are biodiversity hotspots. That's in large part due to periodic flooding between different parts of a river-floodplain system.
An oasis in the Sahara Desert, Libya.
Wetlands in drylands seem impossible, but their benefits to people and wildlife are very real.
Flooding isn't always destructive – it can be part of our toolkit for restoring ecosystems.
Hurricane Harvey showed the racial disparities in flood damage outside Houston’s 100-year flood zones.
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New risk models show nearly twice as many properties are at risk from a 100-year flood today than the government's flood maps indicate.
Flood waters surround Keyano College and Fort McMurray Composite High School in late April 2020.
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Blaming flooding on an act of God wrongly absolves government and developers of their liability for poor decisions that unfairly burden taxpayers.
A fireman adjusts a hose in front of a house with a visible mark on its wall of where the flood level reached during the cleanup after storm Dennis in Crickhowell, Wales, February 17 2020.
Residents need the necessary support to adapt their homes and make collective decisions about flood prevention.
The Delta’s rich array of wildlife makes it a popular tourist destination.
It's imperative that we understand what creates and sustains the delta for the future management of the system.
Today's three-day weather forecast is as accurate as a 24-hour forecast in the 1990s. But floods are still particularly tricky to pin down.
Let’s say we took a lot of water from the coast and piped it to a dry inland area. How might that affect the soil in both places?
The Australian landscape is very old and the soils in inland areas can be very fragile.
Flooding in La Platte and other cities in Nebraska have so far caused an estimated $1 billion in damages.
The Trump administration has proposed a major revamp of the National Flood Insurance Program since its inception in 1968. Here's why it needs fixing.
High tides, whipped in by Hurricane Hazel in 1954, shattered boats and buildings in Swansboro, N.C.
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As Hurricane Florence is expected to pound the Carolinas with significant flooding, an insurance expert explains how the program designed to help the millions affected recover.
Relatively few homes hit by Harvey have flood insurance.
The federal government created a program in 1968 to insure homes in the US from flooding, yet few of the houses hammered by Harvey's record rainfall were covered.
The financial impact of Hurricane Katrina on individual lives has been little studied until now.
Researchers examined credit data on the victims of Hurricane Katrina to understand how the disaster affected their personal finances, revealing important lessons for those hurt by Harvey.
Gravel bed rivers and their floodplains are vital to local ecosystems and their ability to adapt to climate change.
Conservation methods for gravel-bed rivers – which are ecological hotspots in the western U.S. – need to improve in order to deal with the effects of climate change.
We accept the risks of flooding because the costs of making our towns and cities flood-proof are too high.
There are more resilient ways to build in vulnerable areas.
Resilient Collective Housing', New Jersey Institute of Technology College of Architecture and Design studio project by Taryn Wefer and Naomi Patel. Instructors: Keith Krumwiede and Martina Decker
The climate is changing. Development patterns that have hardly served us well in the past certainly won't serve us well in the future. Now is the time to adapt.
Cars remain submerged on a road in Texas after torrential rains caused massive flooding.
The National Flood Insurance Program – the only source for flood-prone property protection – is drowning in debt.
This can, and will, happen again.
The record rainfall and persistent storms of winter 2013-14 caused serious flooding throughout the southwest of England, with breached defences, loss and damage to agricultural land, homes and businesses…
‘Don’t worry, I’ve got hold of the plug.’
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With much of the UK still underwater and flooding set to continue, knee jerk reactions abound. Politicians bicker, flooded communities and farmers lobby their causes and calls are made to dredge rivers…
Sometimes the choice is to flood town or country. Sometimes it’s both.
Floods happen. Rivers have always inundated their floodplains and the sea has always tried to reclaim land that has been taken from it. This is certainly true in Somerset, whose name derives from the Old…