Title
Impacts of the summer 2007 floods on agriculture in England
Description
Exceptional rainfall during the summer of 2007 caused widespread flooding in parts of England. While the focus of attention has been correctly placed on the impact on densely populated urban areas, large tracts of rural land were seriously affected by flooding. Summer flooding is particularly damaging to farming. This paper presents the results from an evaluation of the impacts of the summer 2007 flood events on agriculture. High financial losses were incurred in the horticultural sector. Arable farmers incurred direct losses in the form of crop loss or yield reduction due to flooding and associated waterlogging of fields. Livestock farmers incurred indirect losses in the form of additional housing and feeding costs for livestock. Although total costs to agriculture were small compared with urban flood costs, they were typically large at the individual farm scale. Such impacts should be properly acknowledged in future strategies for flood risk management.
URL
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-318X.2009.01031.x
URL Description
Full text
Language
English
Author
Helena Posthumus
Author
Tim.M. Hess
Author
Duncan Neville
Author
Ed Phillips
Author
A. Bayliss
Author
Joe Morris

flood risk management; agriculture; rural; England; floods; natural disasters

Volume number
2
Issue number
3
Is this item peer reviewed?
Yes
ISSN
1753-318X
Copyright URL
http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/CTA.asp
Publisher
Blackwell Publishing
Date of publication
01 January 2009
Page reference
182-189
Place of publication
Oxford
Is this item a pre-print or post-print?
Postprint
Title of journal
Journal of flood risk management
Harvard
Posthumus, Helena et al (2009) Impacts of the summer 2007 floods on agriculture in England. Journal of flood risk management. 2 (3), pp. 182-189 Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Vancouver
Posthumus Helena et al. Impacts of the summer 2007 floods on agriculture in England. Journal of flood risk management 2009; 2 (3): 182-189.