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Beyond just floodwater

Flooding, already the largest hazard facing humankind, is becoming more frequent and affecting more people. Adapting to flooding must consider more than just water to encapsulate the effects of sediment movement, re-imagine flooding through a sociogeomorphic lens and expand approaches to knowing about floods.

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We acknowledge the Jack and Richard Threet chair in Sedimentary Geology (J.B.), a Canadian NSERC Discovery Grant (P.A.) and the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NE/S015817/1) (S.E.D.) for funding that enabled our collaboration on this research perspective. We are grateful to K. Cook, P. Best and R. Wilson for discussions.

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Best, J., Ashmore, P. & Darby, S.E. Beyond just floodwater. Nat Sustain 5, 811–813 (2022).

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