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.

Key Features

* Offers detailed trends of effects on global climatic change * Provides an understanding of past and future floods in Australia * Discusses disturbances on landscape * Includes effects on aquatic birds, infectious diseases, and economy


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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Aldo Poiani Chapter 2 Climatic Background to Past and Future Floods in Australia Barrie Pittock, Debbie Abbs, Ramasamy Suppiah and Roger Jones Chapter 3 Floods Down Rivers: From Damaging to Replenishing Forces Sam Lake, Nick Bond and Paul Reich Chapter 4 Effects of Floods on Distribution and Reproduction of Aquatic Birds Aldo Poiani Chapter 5 The Landscape Context of Flooding in the Murray-Darling Basin Andrea Ballinger and Ralph Mac Nally Chapter 6 Effect of Flooding on the Occurrence of Infectious Diseases Colin R Wilks, Andrew J Turner and Joseph Azuolas Chapter 7 Some Economics of Floods John Freebairn Chapter 8 Tiddalik’s Travels: The Making and Remaking of an Aboriginal Flood Myth John Morton Chapter 9 Understanding the Social Impacts of Floods in South Eastern Australia Catherine Allan, Allan Curtis and Nicki Mazur


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About the serial-volume-editor

Aldo Poiani

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia