In recent decades a dramatic increase in the frequency and intensity of floods has been observed. Of all natural hazards encountered in the world, floods are among the most frequent and costliest in terms of economic losses, and they cause the largest number of deaths.
This publication is the result of a bilateral German-Chinese symposium and deals with flood related issues along the Rhine and the Yangtze, the most important rivers in Germany and China. The book covers a wide range of specific as well as broader topics such as vulnerability, flood risk management and mitigation, land use, sustainable development, and watershed ecology.
This book will serve as a valuable reference for hydrologists, geographers, regional planners, politicians, engineers, scholars or any other person interested in the field of flood management.