Bracken, L.J., E.A. Oughton, A. Donaldson, B. Cook, J. Forrester, C. Spray, S. Cinderby, D. Passmore, & N. Bissett (2016). Flood risk management, an approach to managing cross-border hazards. Natural Hazards, 82, S217-S240. (doi: 10.1007/s11069-016-2284-2) (Open Access: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-016-2284-2)
Abstract: River ﬂooding is a serious hazard in the UK with interest driven by recent widespread events. This paper reviews different approaches to ﬂood risk management and the borders (physical, conceptual and organisational) that are involved. The paper showcases a multi-method approach to negotiating ﬂood risk management interventions. We address three fundamental issues around ﬂood risk management: differences and similarities between a variety of approaches; how different approaches work across borders between professionals, lay people, organisations and between different planning regimes; and, whether the science evidence base is adequate to support different types of ﬂood risk management. We explore these issues through a case study on the River Tweed using Q methodology, community mapping and focus groups, participatory GIS, and interviews, which enabled co-production of knowledge around possible interventions to manage ﬂooding. Our research demonstrated that excellent networks of practice exist to make decisions about ﬂood risk management in the Scottish–English borders. Physical and organisational borders were continually traversed in practice. There was an overwhelming desire from professional ﬂood managers and local communities for an alternative to simply structural methods of ﬂood management. People were keen to make use of the ability of catchments to store water, even if land needed to be sacriﬁced to do so. There was no difference in the desire to embrace natural ﬂood management approaches between people with different roles in ﬂood management, expertise, training or based in different locations. Thus conceptual borders were also crossed effectively in practice.
L J Bracken <firstname.lastname@example.org> is in the Department of Geography, Durham University, Durham, UK.