The embankments are artificial hydraulic structures designed to prevent floods that require maintenance and protection. This recent realization was strengthened by the dramatic consequences of the cyclone Xynthia in 2010. To prevent other disasters, regulations have been changed, and regional authorities are now given the task of managing embankments and seawalls. However, technical and scientific appraisals were scattered among various reports and other documents that did not deal directly with embankments. There was a need for a guide that provided a technical overview. The new book, Référentiel Technique digues maritime et fluviales (Technical guide on river embankments and seawalls), coordinated by Irstea at the request of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, aims at addressing this issue.
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Book reference: Référentiel Technique digues maritimes et fluviales (Technical guide on river embankments and seawalls). Technical guide coordinated by D. Poulain and R. Tourment, MEDD-DGPR, 2015. Browse through the book (in french).
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