Responsible water management

CIWEM’s Rivers and Coastal Group Study Weekend, which focuses on responsible water management, takes place on Friday 13 – Sunday 15 April. Steve Rose, Technical Director, and I-Hsien Porter, Senior Analyst, are both sharing their expertise at the event which is being organised by Rebecca Alexandre, our Flood Mapping and Modelling Analyst colleague at JBA Risk Management.

The study weekend will bring together professionals from across the industry, including consultancy, academia and water companies. Speakers will present case studies of responsible water management from projects across the UK.

The weekend agenda includes a range of topics such as Blue-Green Cities, integrated catchment management, climate change adaptation, flood forecasting, and water for power. Site visits will be led by Newcastle University and AECOM, and include natural flood management (NFM) and sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDs).

Natural Flood Management: A Way Forward

Steve will cover natural flood management (NFM) within a catchment context. NFM will be described, together with its potential contribution to the flood risk management toolbox using examples from studies across the UK. This will be followed by a round-up of the current guidance publications on NFM including the recently published Environment Agency Working with Natural Processes Evidence Base.

Flood forecasting: creating maps of flooding in real-time

I-Hsien will present on the growing recognition of the need for maps of flooding and its impacts, in real-time, to support improved flood incident management.

Exploring some recent developments in this area, I-Hsien’s talk will summarise findings of a research project that consulted flood incident managers on their needs, and explored available technical options to deliver flood mapping in real-time.

Read about I-Hsien’s project example in advance

Flood Foresight

Effective flood management begins with Foresight. As a decision support system, Flood Foresight provides flood inundation, depth and impact data, before, during and after flood events. These data, updated at up to three hours’ frequency, allow rapid loss estimation for current and forecast flood states.

Flood Foresight provides a globally-scalable framework for integrating the best available data for understanding flood events, including flood hazard maps, rainfall forecasts, hydrological models, river levels/flows, and earth observation data.

Want to know more?

Email Steve Rose or I-Hsien Porter for more information on their talks. You can also find out more on our natural flood management and flood forecasting web pages.

Are you attending the River Restoration Conference on 24-25 April? Our exhibition stand will be showcasing the JBA Trust’s augmented reality sandbox which demonstrates flood protection measures and scenarios. We are also giving four presentations and have eight posters for you to see our project examples. Read the abstracts to find out more in our interactive guide below.

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