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The Floods and Agriculture Risk Matrix: a decision support tool for effectively communicating flood risk from farmed landscapes

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mark Wilkinson, Dr Paul Quinn, Dr Caspar HewettORCiD


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Intense farming plays a key role in high runoff rates. It is vital to communicate this risk to stakeholders and policy-makers effectively. There is great potential for agriculture to become a major component in managing flood risk. It is proposed here that lower flood risk can be achieved by reducing runoff rates from farmed landscapes. Hence, tools to evaluate and communicate management options are needed alongside improved understanding of runoff generation from farming systems. The Floods and Agriculture Risk Matrix is a decision support tool designed to assess the relative risk of flooding from farm land. The tool includes a series of pre-determined runoff scenarios to provide the end-user with a number of potential land-management practices and flood runoff management options to reduce runoff rates. Visual scenarios are used to illustrate the impact of good and bad practice on runoff rates. The level of risk associated with particular land-management options is represented by mapping a position on a Decision Support Matrix (DSM). Multiple questions allow the user to explore different management options and see the impact of decisions on the DSM. A nominal scoring system is used to rank higher or lower runoff risk. The end-user can then assess numerous land-use management options to lower the risk of rapid runoff. The objective is to encourage policy-makers and farmers to produce resilient local landscapes

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wilkinson ME, Quinn PF, Hewett CJM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of River Basin Management

Year: 2013

Volume: 11

Issue: 3

Pages: 237-252

Online publication date: 14/06/2013

Acceptance date: 05/04/2013

ISSN (print): 1571-5124

ISSN (electronic): 1814-2060

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd.


DOI: 10.1080/15715124.2013.794145


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