Mitigating floods and attenuating surface runoff with temporary storage areas in headwaters

Martyn Thomas Roberts* (Corresponding Author), Josie Geris, Paul Hallett, Mark E. Wilkinson

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Temporary storage areas (TSAs) represent a category of soft-engineered nature-based solutions that can provide dispersed, small-scale storage throughout a catchment. TSAs store and attenuate surface runoff, providing new additional storage during flood events. The need for such additional catchment storage will become more urgent as the frequency and magnitude of extreme hydrological events increases due to climate change. Implementation of TSAs in headwater catchments is slowly gaining momentum, but practitioners still require further evidence on how such measures function during flood events. This review focuses on the role of relatively small-scale (
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1634
JournalWIREs Water
Early online date24 Jan 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Jan 2023

Bibliographical note

Open Access via the Wiley Agreement
Hydro Nation Scholars Programme
Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division - JHI-D2-2
Environment Protection Agency (Ireland) - 2018-W-LS-20


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