JBA at the International Conference for Flood Management

The 7th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM7) takes place this week at the University of Leeds.

The JBA Trust will be there, showcasing their many physical models including the Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox, free standing demonstration flume, ‘Mini’ demonstration flume and wave tank.

The Trust will be supported by University of Leeds students who will be giving demonstrations of the models throughout ICFM7. Students recently visited our head office in Skipton for a day’s training on the models especially for the conference. Click here to find out more.

Sharing our expertise

Across the conference, several of our experts will be sharing their knowledge around specific projects and the work they undertake.

Flood Foresight

On Tuesday, 10:30 – 12:30, Dr Elizabeth Wood will be presenting in the Risk Mapping session on Flood Foresight: A near-real time flood monitoring and forecasting tool for rapid and predictive flood impact assessment.

The hours and days immediately after a major flood event are often chaotic and confusing, with first responders rushing to mobilise emergency responders, provide alleviation assistance and assess loss to assets of interest (e.g., population, buildings, utilities). Preparations in advance of a forthcoming event are becoming increasingly important; early warning systems have been demonstrated to be useful tools for decision markers.

Flood Foresight is an operational tool consisting of three components, developed to meet the universal requirement for rapid geographic information, before, during and after major riverine flood events. The tool provides spatial data with which users can measure their current or predicted impact from an event – at building, basin, national or continental scales.

The Screening component uses global rainfall predictions to provide a regional- to continental-scale view of heavy rainfall events up to a week in advance, alerting the user to potentially hazardous situations relevant to them.

The Forecasting component enhances the predictive suite of tools by providing a local-scale view of the extent and depth of possible riverine flood events several days in advance by linking forecast river flow from a hydrological model to a global flood risk map.

The Monitoring component provides a similar local-scale view of a flood inundation event but in near real time, as an event unfolds, by combining the global flood risk map with observed river gauge telemetry. Immediately following an event, the maximum flood extent is also generated. Users of Flood Foresight will be able to receive current and forecast flood extents and depth information via API into their own GIS or analytics software. Currently operational for the UK and Europe; the methods presented can be applied globally, allowing provision of service to any country or region.

Natural Flood Management

Wednesday, 10:30 – 12:30, will see Dr Barry Hankin discuss ‘Testing resilience of distributed natural flood risk management measures’ in the Modelling and hydroinformatics session.

His paper brings together advances in the modelling, mapping and assessment of opportunities for better working with natural processes in the Eden catchment, Cumbria, that has been impacted severely on three occasions in recent history (2005, 2009, 2015). He will explore further the modelling approaches behind our winning entry to the Defra Cumbria Flood Modelling Competition, and the Life-IP funded modelling undertaken for the Rivers Trust to help prioritise NFM measures strategically over a wide area.

Climate change impacts

Dr Rob Lamb, of the JBA Trust, will be contributing to ‘The role of human influence on climate in recent UK winter floods and their impacts’ discussion in the climate change impacts session at 10:30 – 12:30 on Thursday.

They’ll be looking at the emerging science of probabilistic event attribution which increasingly allows us to evaluate the extent to which human-induced climate change is affecting localised weather events.

Want to know more?

Contact Rob Lamb for more information on our involvement at the ICFM.

Please email Elizabeth Wood for more information on near-real time flood monitoring and forecasting or visit the Flood Foresight website.

You can also contact Barry Hankin for more information on natural flood management or visit our catchment and river restoration web page.

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