A Natural Flood Management Approach

On Tuesday 20 June Steve Rose, our expert in Working with Natural Processes, presented at the ICE Humber Branch lecture. The event focused on ‘a natural flood management approach’ and took place at the University of Hull.

An introduction to Natural Flood Management (NFM) within a catchment context was described, together with its potential contribution to the flood risk management toolbox. Examples were then used from a wide range of NFM studies from across the UK.

Environment Agency Science Project

Following this a roundup of the current guidance publications on NFM and a description of the on-going Environment Agency Science Project being led by JBA was discussed. The science project is tasked with exploring and analysing the collective evidence about NFM effectiveness and performance. This is due for publication in Autumn 2017.

The presentation went on to discuss a range of techniques and methods by which we can:

  • Map potential NFM opportunities across catchments
  • Model their predicted flood attenuation benefits both locally and downstream.

A discussion of the value of these mapping and modelling products to stakeholder engagement activities, particularly through Catchment Partnerships ensued. This was related to helping influence long term sustainable catchment management change and secure funding streams for new NFM initiatives.

The audience came from a wide range of backgrounds including: engineers, consultants, councils, EA, school teachers and academics, which generated a lively Q&A session.

Want to know more?

Contact Steve Rose for more information on this event and his talk. You can also find out more about Working with Natural Processes on our website.

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