This book assesses and illustrates innovative and practical worldwide measures for combating sea level rise from the profession of landscape architecture. The work explores how the appropriate mixture of integrated, multi-scalar flood protection mechanisms can reduce risks associated with flood events including sea level rise.

Because sea level rise is a global issue, illustrative case studies performed from the United States, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Japan, China, and the Netherlands identify the structural (engineered), non-structural (nature-based), and hybrid mechanisms (mixed) used to combat sea level rise and increase flood resilience. The alternative flood risk reduction mechanisms are extracted and analyzed from each case study to develop and explain a set of design-based typologies to combat sea level rise which can then be applied to help proctor new and existing communities.

It is important for those located within the current or future floodplain considering sea level rise and those responsible for land use, developmental, and population-related activities within these areas to strategically implement a series of integrated constructed and green infrastructure-based flood risk reduction mechanisms to adequately protect threatened areas. As a result, this book is beneficial to both academics and practitioners related to multiple design professions such as urban designers, urban planners, architects, real estate developers, and landscape architects.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Landscape Architecture and Sea Level Rise


1. Sea Level Rise as a Design and Planning Issue

2. Global Strategies for Flood and Sea Level Rise Mitigation


Section 2: Global Design for Sea Level Rise

Structural Heavy Design

3. Jefferson Parish, New Orleans Region, Louisiana

4. Tampa, Florida


Non-structural Heavy Design

5.  Busan, Korea

6. Moakley Park, Boston, Massachusetts.

7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

8. Fisherman’s Bend, Victoria, Australia

9. Island Bay, Greater Wellington Region of Aotearoa-New Zealand

10. Wilmington, Delaware


Hybrid Heavy Design

11. Franks Tract Futures, Sacramento: San Joaquin Delta, California

12. Samut Sakhon, Bangkok Metropolitan Region, Thailand

13. Port Saint Joe, Florida

14. Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, Japan


Balanced Design

15. Fleming Park, Baltimore, MD

16. Sanya Dong’an Wetland Park, Hainan, China

17. Houston-Galveston Metropolitan Statistical Area, League City, TX


Scenario-based Design

18. Amsterdam and Western Scheldt Regions, the Netherlands

19. Miami, Florida

20. Christchurch, Canterbury Region, Aotearoa New Zealand 


Section 3: Innovative Solutions for Sea Level Rise

21. Structural Mechanisms

22. Non-structural Mechanisms

23. Hybrid Mechanisms

24. The Urban Periculum: A Landscape at Risk from Sea Level Rise

Newman, G.D., & Qiao, Z. (Eds.). (2022). Landscape Architecture for Sea Level Rise: Innovative Global Solutions (1st ed.). Routledge.

Edition: 1st Edition
First Published: 2022
eBook Published: 18 May 2022
Pub. Location: New York
Imprint: Routledge
Pages: 332
eBook: ISBN9781003183419
Subjects: Built Environment, Environment and Sustainability, Urban Studies

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Dr. Galen D. Newman

Dr. Galen D. Newman is Associate Professor and Interim Department Head in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Housing and Urban Development. Dr. Newman’s research overlaps the fields of community resilience, land use science, urban analytics, landscape performance and advanced visualization. He has published over 70 peer reviewed articles in high-quality journals and has received over 31 million dollars in interdisciplinary funded research projects.

Zixu Qiao

Zixu Qiao has a Master of Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University. She is a professional landscape architect, guest speaker at University of Guelph, and the founder of Land.Space Architecture. Her work includes research, design, and planning on a variety of site planning and landscape architecture projects in the US and China. Her design is committed to improving cities’ economic and environmental sustainability, resilience, and quality of life. She founded Land.Space Architecture in 2019, an online educational platform committed to improving young professionals’ visualization skills in landscape architecture.