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Title:Flood plain management through allocation of land uses–a dynamic programming model
Author(s):Hopkins, Lewis D.; Brill, E. Downey, Jr.; Liebman, Jon C.; Wenzel, Harry G., Jr.
Contributor(s):University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Water resources development
Water resources development--Illinois
Water management
Flood protection
Land use
Economic efficiency
Welfare (economics)
Optimum development plans
Dynamic programming
Flood routing
Flood plains
Non-structural alternatives
Land management
Economic rent
Flood plain zoning
Geographic Coverage:Illinois (state)
Abstract:Despite heroic structural measures, flood damages continue to rise. This research develops a means for identifying more nearly optimal patterns of land use with particular reference to timing, depth, and duration of flooding. The major premise is that flood plain management is best viewed as a problem of allocating land uses to land parcels. A dynamic programming model is developed to determine what combination of downstream uses, which require flood protection, and upstream uses, which may increase runoff or provide protection through longer water retention, should be encouraged. The dynamic programming model and an associated simplified routing technique are demonstrated on a real watershed. Desirable extensions of the model are identified. One major result of the project is the realization of a need to classify watersheds by the degree of effective interdependence among land use decisions so as to determine the most appropriate types of analytical model s and public sector interventions for particular cases. Thinking about flood management as a problem of land use allocation is shown to be a fruitful conceptualization for exploring the issues, for developing models, and for identifying appropriate public sector interventions.
Issue Date:1976-12
Publisher:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center
Genre:Report (Grant or Annual)
Sponsor:U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Department of the Interior
Rights Information:Copyright 1976 held by the authors
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-06-27

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