FCERM.net June 2014 Newsletter

Welcome

Dear colleague

Welcome to the first edition of FCERM.net News. It brings us great pleasure to announce the launch of our community website, which will be the focal point for providing members of the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network with up to date news and events from the sector, sharing the latest resources such as research papers and webinars, and providing community networking opportunities.

FCERM.net was launched in November 2013 at a one-day meeting in Birmingham. At that meeting Garry Pender set out his aspirations for the network:

Useful research is created when all professionals in the sector have opportunities for collaborating and contributing. FCERM.net will facilitate this by ensuring that there is dialogue at the interface between research and practice, and that there is a two-way exchange of information, enabling us to produce world-leading research that is of significant and practical value to those working in the FCERM field’

FCERM.net aims to bring together a diverse, interdisciplinary group of expert practitioners and provide a collaborative framework that will:

  • Foster innovative thinking in FCERM
  • Share the outcomes of research in accessible and tangible ways
  • Promote the uptake of research through events, guidance and recommendations
  • Enable the UK community to be leaders in FCERM best practice worldwide
  • Identify research needs in the sector and facilitate linkages to undertake the work

The network newsletter is the first step in creating dialogue within the community. We hope that you find it enjoyable and informative. We’ll be gathering news from across the sector regularly but if you have a story you’d like to share please email c.morgan@hw.ac.uk with ‘News’ in the subject line.

Events

July FCERM.net webinar

Our most recent FCERM.net webinar took place on 2nd July and was presented by Lindsey McEwan. Lindsey is Professor of Environmental Management in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at UWE and is a co-director of the Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience.  Lindsey is also a co-investigator on the EPSRC SESAME project.

You can view the webinar in the Resources library on the FCERM.net website.

Advances in Numerical Modelling of Hydrodynamics​ ​Workshop

The ​ ​Advances in Numerical Modelling of Hydrodynamics​ ​Workshop​​ ​ 24-25 March 2015, Sheffield ​will bring together ​a group of experts in computational modelling techniques and methods related to the hydrodynamic aspect of fluid flow modelling. The workshop addresses all-level researchers and is aimed to help shaping future research directions and creating opportunities for new interdisciplinary collaborations.​ ​​Deadline for abstract ​submission is 15 August 2014​.

IMA International Conference on Flood Risk

IMA International Conference on Flood Risk 30 – 31 March 2015, Swansea University, Wales, UK – Call for Papers.
The conference will provide a forum at which engineers, mathematicians and statisticians can meet to exchange views on this important technical area. The emphasis will be on new developments in the mathematical and statistical techniques applicable for assessing flood risk. The conference will be of interest to flood defence practitioners; flood defence managers; statisticians, mathematicians and civil engineers. Contributed papers will be accepted on the basis on an abstract (300-500 words), which should be submitted to the Conference Officer at the IMA (conferences@ima.org.uk) by 12 September 2014.

Community Blog

The Flood Risk Management Community Prepare for the Perfect Storm

This month’s blog is an introductory exploration of the recent events that have caused severe flooding both internationally and here in the UK.  The article provides the context for the need for the Flood and Coatal Erosion Risk Management community to come together to find innovative solutions to the challenging issues that the sector is facing. 

News from the Network

Heriot-Watt University and Inverclyde Council aim to reduce road flooding:

the Scottish Road Research Board has funded a research collaboration between Heriot-Watt University’s Dr Scott Arthur and Inverclyde Council. The project will study the performance of automated trash screens over a one year period and propose design, operation and maintenance guidance based on the results. Dr Arthur said “Heriot-Watt University are recognised as being internationally leading experts in trash screen performance and this is a great opportunity to extend that knowledge and use it in a way that will benefit Scottish road users”.

River Restoration Study Indicates Success in Integrated Flood Risk Management Programmes

A numerical modelling study at University of Southampton in conjunction with the Environment Agency has shown river restoration projects can form part of integrated flood risk management programmes. The research highlights the importance of where the engineered logjams or floodplain forest restoration are located in the river network. or contact s.j.dixon@bham.ac.uk; d.sear@soton.ac.uk

Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) Develop New Flood and Coastal Erosion Network

CREW delivers accessible research and expert opinion to support Scottish Government and its delivery partners in the development and implementation of water policy in Scotland. The main policy areas include the Water Framework Directive, Flooding Directive, and Scotland’s Hydro Nation Strategy with links to cross cutting policies such as those relating to agriculture and climate change.

CREW has recently established a theme specifically on Flood Risk Management and Coastal Erosion. This is supported by a network of the key policy and practice leads in Scotland. The main aim of this network is to identify knowledge gaps, prioritise research need and coordinate policy relevant research. The FCERM is a key link and CREW will present on its Flood Risk Management and Coastal Erosion theme at the General Assembly in June.

Partnership Working Builds Resilience in DEFRA Community Project

The Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder Scheme was launched in 2013 with 13 local authorities to enable their communities to find simple, effective ways to minimise their flood risk, improve their levels of preparedness, and build confidence and increased peace of mind. The first output from the project was a Rapid Evidence Assessment on resilience to flooding at an individual, community and social level. This includes exploring key issues in defining and measuring resilience in the context of flood risk management as well as identifying interventions aimed at increasing resilience.

 

University Consortium Launches Project to Reduce Risks from Surface Water and Flash Floods

Flooding From Intense Rainfall (FFIR) is a 5 year NERC funded programme which aims to reduce the risks of damage and loss of life caused by surface water and flash floods through improved identification, characterisation and prediction of interacting meteorological, hydrological and hydro-morphological processes that contribute to flooding associated with high-intensity rainfall events. There are currently two projects within the FFIR programme, Project FRANC and Project SINATRA. FRANC – Forecasting Rainfall exploiting new data Assimilation techniques and Novel observations of Convection aims to improve short-range forecasts of severe weather via the reduction of initial condition errors. SINATRA - the Susceptibility of catchments to INTense RAinfall and flooding aims to advance scientific understanding of the processes determining the probability, incidence, and impacts of FFIR.

Book Launch – Out of the Blue

‘Out of the Blue’ looks at the future of water and how social, environmental and economic factors can be better understood and valued. It is a high profile piece that brings together senior figures and policy experts from NGOs, academics, agencies, businesses and Arup itself, with each contributing a piece on new thinking or practice.

The book was initiated as a result of a discussion on “natural capital” between Arup’s Global Head of Water, Mark Fletcher and Lord Chris Smith (Chair of Environment Agency) during the launch of the Sustainable Solutions Raising the Water Mark in Westminster in November 2012. Out of the Blue is a stimulating collection of thought pieces and ideas about the meaning of ‘natural capital’. The book has been launched to promote and stimulate discussions on the value of water – one of our most precious resources.  

The Public Health Adaptation Strategies to Extreme weather events (PHASE) project is a three year international collaboration started in 2011.

As extreme weather events cannot be defined within national boundaries, a cross national collaboration at the European level was introduced in order to harmonise strategies and policies. T

he PHASE project encompasses eight European countries: Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Public Health England is responsible for developing a framework of tools for the preparedness and response to flooding, in order to reduce the impact on public health.

European Countries Collaborate on Project to Reduce Health Impacts of Extreme Weather Events

The Public Health Adaptation Strategies to Extreme weather events (PHASE) project is a three year international collaboration started in 2011. As extreme weather events cannot be defined within national boundaries, a cross national collaboration at the European level was introduced in order to harmonise strategies and policies. The PHASE project encompasses eight European countries: Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Public Health England is responsible for developing a framework of tools for the preparedness and response to flooding, in order to reduce the impact on public health.

Publications

  • Morris, J., Beedell, J. and Hess, T.M. (2014) Mobilising flood risk management services from rural land: principles and practice. Journal of Flood Risk Management.  doi: 10.1111/jfr3.12110
  • Dixon, S.J., 2014. The effects of large wood and forest management on flood risk and flood hydrology. Ph.D., University of Southampton, Southampton, 406 pp.
  • Tindley, A. & Haynes, H. (2014) The River Helmsdale and Strath Ullie, c. 1830-c.1920: a historical perspective of societal and environmental influences on river management. Scottish Geographical Journal. DOI: 10.1080/14702541.2013.855321
  • Tindley, A. & Haynes, H. (2014) The River Helmsdale and Strath Ullie, c. 1780-c.1820: a historical perspective of societal and environmental influences on land management. Scottish Geographical Journal. DOI: 10.1080/14702541.2013.838637
  • CIRIA (2013) Culvert design and operation guide supplementary technical note (C720) http://www.ciria.org/ItemDetail?iProductCode=C720&Category=DOWNLOAD&Webs...