Engineered Artificial Flooding: More Questions than Answers

Paul Humphries, Saideepa Kumar, Philip S Lake  | 1 June 2015 


This paper questions the strength and relevance of some of the evidence used to justify engineered artificial floods and suggest that adopting this approach would send us down a path that is expensive and restrictive – one that allows only limited opportunities to reverse decisions should the approach prove ineffective. Lastly, the paper contends that a wider discussion of alternative strategies for ecologically effective floodplain river restoration is needed.