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    Flood forecasting
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    Flood forecasting
  • Flood forecasting
  • Flood forecasting
  • Flood forecasting

Flood forecasting

Flood forecasting and early warning are crucial to enable efficient, targeted emergency responses and the provision of flood warnings. HR Wallingford delivers flood forecasting and warning systems that are designed to be quick, accurate and reliable under extreme catchment conditions.

We work closely with our clients to deliver appropriate, fit-for purpose solutions to flood forecasting problems. We provide advice on all aspects of flood forecasting and warning systems, from telemetry installation, meteorological data sources and optimal modelling solutions, to effective warning mechanisms to support decision making. Our systems support the management of river networks, flood plains, and urban drainage networks.

Appropriate solutions

Effective flood forecasting and warning systems must be centred on people, and integrate four key elements:

Our solutions involve the development of hazard monitoring and early warning systems, and support the communication of risk information and early warnings. They are increasingly needed to support risk knowledge activities, and have a direct impact on response capabilities at scales from community level through to national and international scales. Our solutions form a key component of effective flood forecasting and warning.

HR Wallingford’s solutions work for a wide range of climates, catchment types and scales. Working with a client’s preferred modelling approach, we advise them at each step of the best method for integrating and employing the full range of components, from meteorology, hydrology and hydraulics, through to IT and communications. We work in multi-disciplinary teams, with our clients at the core, and are skilled in project management and client liaison.

Applied expertise

HR Wallingford has technical expertise in hydrology and hydraulics, flood inundation modelling and forecasting, snowmelt modelling, sediment transport, and breach analysis. We are also world leaders in 1D and 2D modelling, and integrated catchment approaches. We advise our clients on the optimum flood forecasting and warning solutions, making the best use of available data, from sparsely telemetered catchments, to situations involving radar data, nowcasts and ensembles of future scenarios. We advise upon appropriate strategies for a range of situations including flash flood forecasting and coastal flooding. We support our clients in the communication of forecast accuracy and uncertainty, in communication mechanisms, such as SMS and emerging smartphone technology, as well as web-based approaches.

Enhanced support

HR Wallingford’s approach delivers sustainability. Our support extends well beyond the core technical solution. Clients value the enhanced levels of service we offer; we work with them to deliver not only the best solution to their problems, but also help to train staff and build capacity. Each project is unique, and we value the long-term relationships that we build with our clients.

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Emma Brown

Emma Brown

Principal Engineer

+44 1491 835381

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Richard Body

Richard Body

Senior Scientist, Floods

+44 1491 822452

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