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Unveiling new state of the art for coastal flood risk

Posted: 09-Feb-2016

Flooding from the sea represents a major threat to the UK; this was demonstrated most recently during the winter of 2013/14, when widespread flooding and damage occurred around much of the coastline. Whilst major advances have helped us to better assess flood risk from our rivers, the complex nature of the coastal environment has proved to be more challenging. At the Flood and Coast Conference in February, the Environment Agency’s Tim Hunt will unveil the major leap forward in the science and understanding of coastal flood risk that the Environment Agency and HR Wallingford have developed over the past two years.


HR Wallingford developed a series of 24 detailed wave transformation models to provide data at 1 km intervals around the coastline, each with upwards of 400,000 possible event combinations for further analysis.
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Water supply planning and drought: understanding the big picture

Posted: 03-Feb-2016
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Ralph LedbetterThe Environment Agency’s draft guidance for the next generation of Water Resource Management Plans makes it clear that water companies must understand how their systems will perform during periods of drought. Dr Ralph Ledbetter is a senior hydrologist at HR Wallingford. He explains why water companies need to look beyond their historic records if they want to see the bigger picture when it comes to effective planning for drought.

Stress from noise may be short-lived

Posted: 27-Jan-2016

A new study published in Royal Society Open Science confirms that underwater noise can negatively impact anti-predator behaviour in endangered eels and increase stress in both eels and European seabass. However, there is also some more positive news. A team from HR Wallingford and the Universities of Exeter and Bristol found that directly following short-term noise exposure, both fish species showed no adverse effects from their recent exposure in behaviour and physiology, suggesting rapid recovery. This indicates that after loud man-made noises are terminated, some impacts may be short-lived. Continue reading ›

New SuDS standards for Wales

Posted: 18-Jan-2016

On 5 January 2016 the Welsh Government published recommended non-statutory standards for SuDS in Wales. HR Wallingford supported the Welsh Government through their development of these standards over the last two years, during which time the Government engaged extensively with stakeholders and undertook a public consultation. Continue reading ›

An analysis of the Cumbria floods

Posted: 16-Dec-2015
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Andy TaggAndy Tagg looks at the cause of the floods in Cumbria, and considers how they differ from the 2009 floods and what, if anything, can be done to reduce the impact of future events.

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