Looking ahead to the Understanding Risk Global Forum 2020

We are excited to be a Technical Partner in this year’s Understanding Risk Global Forum, a conference that showcases best practice and the latest innovations in the field of disaster risk identification.

The event brings together experts and practitioners from across the world and this year Understanding Risk has gone virtual.

We’re especially pleased to be partnering, moderating and presenting a virtual Community Session on Thursday 3rd December in partnership with Arup, Deltares and Imperial College London.

Understanding Nature and Risk: Modelling of nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction and analytics

Nature-based Solutions (NBS) can reduce flood risk and produce more resilient and lower-cost services in developing countries. NBS can be applied as green infrastructure strategies that work in harmony with grey infrastructure systems, and can also support community well-being, generate benefits for the environment, and make progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Models help in assessing the effectiveness of wetlands, mangroves, and coral reefs in providing mitigation for the impacts of storm surges and waves along coasts. In cities, models aid an understanding of how infiltration, retention and storage capacity of green infrastructure compares to traditional measures for storm water run-off. Validation of models help with the monitoring and measurement data is key to improve model reliability and reduce uncertainties that surround NBS performance.

The aim of this technical session is to draw attention to the different scales and functions of hydrological, hydraulic and coastal modelling, and how these can be used in the design and assessment of nature-based solutions.

Taking part in this Community Session are:

Moderator: Blair Spendelow, Technical Director, JBA Consulting.

  • Topic 1 – National scale flood risk analytics. Dr Mark Lawless, Director for the International Development and NGOs sector, JBA Consulting.
  • Topic 2Testing ecosystem function under extremes. Bregje van Wesenbeeck, expert advisor on nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based adaptation at Deltares.
  • Topic 3 – Coastal resilience, from climate models to turbulence. Dr Ali Mashayek, lecturer in environmental fluid dynamics and an affiliate of the Grantham Institute of Climate Change and the Environment, at Imperial College London.
  • Topic 4 – Challenges (and opportunities) of delivering nature-based solutions in cities. Vincent Lee, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP, Associate Principal at Arup.

Working with nature-based solutions

We work extensively in low and middle income (LMI) countries to support sustainable development, climate resilience and environmental safeguarding. If you would like to learn more about how we work with nature based solutions and modelling tools in disaster risk management projects, visit our Project webpage – specific examples include:

Want to know more?

Email Mark Lawless for more information. You can also visit our International Development webpages.



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