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Floods in an Arid Continent

Nowhere are floods more paradoxical than in the generally arid Australian continent. This book brings together experts in meteorology, hydrology, limnology, ornithology, landscape ecology, veterinary and medical sciences, economics, anthropology and sociology to synthesize current knowledge on floods, their occurrence, and their consequences for the environment and societies in the Australian context. Floods can have either beneficial or detrimental effects on the landscape and human societies. This book fills this important gap in our study and offers a multidisciplinary approach in understanding the effects of global climate change. The editors provide complete coverage on dynamics, patterns and consequences of floods, studied from several perspectives. Although the geographic focus of the book is Australia, the synthesis that is detailed in this book will undoubtedly be useful for the understanding of floods in all other regions of the planet.

Academics, researchers, government officials, postgraduate students, planners, technical officers and professionals in environmental sciences and social sciences. Individuals and institutional libraries from Australasia, Asia, Europe and America.

Hardbound, 208 Pages

Published: November 2006

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-373630-7


  • Chapter 1IntroductionAldo PoianiChapter 2Climatic Background to Past and Future Floods in AustraliaBarrie Pittock, Debbie Abbs, Ramasamy Suppiah and Roger Jones Chapter 3Floods Down Rivers: From Damaging to Replenishing ForcesSam Lake, Nick Bond and Paul ReichChapter 4Effects of Floods on Distribution and Reproduction of Aquatic BirdsAldo PoianiChapter 5The Landscape Context of Flooding in the Murray-Darling BasinAndrea Ballinger and Ralph Mac NallyChapter 6Effect of Flooding on the Occurrence of Infectious DiseasesColin R Wilks, Andrew J Turner and Joseph AzuolasChapter 7Some Economics of FloodsJohn FreebairnChapter 8Tiddalik’s Travels: The Making and Remaking of an Aboriginal Flood MythJohn MortonChapter 9Understanding the Social Impacts of Floods in South Eastern AustraliaCatherine Allan, Allan Curtis and Nicki Mazur


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