Coastal Flood Risk Reduction: The Netherlands and the U.S. Upper Texas Coast

Samuel Brody, Yoonjeong Lee, Baukje Kothuis
Elsevier, 27 apr 2022 - 448 pagina's

Coastal Flood Risk Reduction: The Netherlands and the U.S. Upper Texas Coast represents the culmination of a 5-year international research and education partnership funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and more than 10 years of collaboration between Dutch and U.S. flood experts on the basic issue of how to protect society from growing flood risks. Multiple case studies integrating the fields of engineering, hydrology, landscape architecture, economics, and planning address the underlying characteristics of physical flood risks and their prediction; human communities and the associated built environment; physical, social, and built-environment variables; and mitigation techniques.

In recognition of the lack of systematic research and the growing societal need to better understand flood impacts, this edited book provides an in-depth, comparative evaluation of flood problems and solutions in two key places: the Netherlands and the U.S. Upper Texas Coast. Both regions are extremely flood-prone and have experienced continual adverse impacts throughout their histories. For researchers in flood management, geographers, hydrologists, environmental studies, and social science as well as policymakers and decision-makers in flood management authorities and related industries, this book provides an essential resource.

  • Introduces integrated comparative work on flood risk reduction and management across disciplines and international boundaries
  • Presents chapters written by dozens of experts across six U.S. and Dutch universities that have formally participated in the international research and education program funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Provides a basis for understanding and mitigating flood risk over a range of necessary perspectives, from modeling inputs to design solutions
  • Integrates cutting-edge scientific methods and state-of-the-art knowledge with examples of specific solutions and how they are being implemented in each national case study


Resilient solutions for flood risk reductionConvergence of knowledge
Immersive placebased learning through convergence approach
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Dr. Brody is a Director, Institute for a Disaster Resilient Texas, and Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Environmental Science, Texas A&M University, Galveston Campus, Galveston, Texas, USA. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. He was also the Lead Technical Expert for the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey. Dr. Brody’s research focuses on coastal environmental planning, spatial analysis, flood mitigation, climate change policy, and natural hazards mitigation. He has published numerous scientific articles on flood risk and mitigation, and the book, Rising Waters: The causes and consequences of flooding in the United States. He is the PI of the NSF PIRE Coastal Flood Risk Reduction Program.

Dr. Kothuis is a Research Associate, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Structures and Flood Risk, TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands and Chief Representative, Netherlands Business Support Office, Houston, Texas, USA. Her research focuses on multi-functional flood defenses, transdisciplinary knowledge integration, and stakeholder inclusive design of structures and strategies for flood resilience. She manages multidisciplinary research projects on delta design and is coordinator for the Houston Galveston Bay case for TU Delft. She is editor of the publications ‘Delft Delta Design – Houston Galveston Bay Region, Texas, USA’; ‘Sustainable and Integrated Design of Multifunctional Flood Defenses’; and ‘Delta Interventions’.

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