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Coevolutionary evolution

A nonlinear evolutionary process of interactions between the ever changing social, technical and natural processes.

Collection system

System of conduits, generally underground pipes and associated structures, which receives and conveys sanitary waste water and/or storm water.

Combined system

Sewer system designed to carry both wastewater and surface water in the same pipeline(s).

Comparative Risk Assessment (CRA)

A systematic evaluation of the changes of risk which result from individual and collective activities (and interactions) of contributing factors.

Complexity theory

The study of a complex system or complex systems.


Mass of a substance per unit volume of water.


As conceived by the mind.

Coping capacity

A combination of all strengths and resources available within a community or organisation that can reduce the level of flood risk, or its negative effect.

Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA)

A monetary-based method which is often used as a supplementary technique to either CRA or MCDA methods with the purpose of quantifying the monetary value of benefits when comparing different alternatives.

Critical infrastructure or critical assets

Assets that are essential for the functioning of a society.

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