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FLOODrisk 2016 brings together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners

Posted: 24-Oct-2016

 Flood risk researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from across the world met at FLOODrisk 2016 in Lyon, France, from 17-21 October to share experience and progress made in flood risk research, policy and management practice.

The conference included contributions from a variety of national, European and international flood-related initiatives, including the European Flood Directive, as well as wider international practice. The conference followed on from previous FLOODrisk conferences held in Oxford (UK) in 2008, and in Rotterdam (Netherlands) in 2012.

One of the main aims of FLOODrisk is to bring together the latest flood science to contribute to policy-making, to ensure the application of flood risk research into practice.

The sessions included presentations on flood hazard analysis, inundation modelling and flood risk management, running in parallel at any one time, with special sessions providing a more interactive approach to the topics.  One session at the conference was aimed at ensuring that the second cycle of the EU Floods Directive is better informed by new and emerging flood risk science.

Jonathan Simm, Technical Director, HR Wallingford, a member of the FLOODrisk Organising Committee and International Advisory Board, said: “A special interactive session at FLOODrisk2016 on the EU Floods Directive has focused on obtaining views on how flood risk policy-makers and practitioners can better work with scientists and researchers to understand and make use of emerging technologies and research, and so build on the achievements of the first cycle of the EU Flood Directive. This fed into a wider discussion at the conference about the need to support and extend the network of communities of practice in different aspects of flood risk management.”

HR Wallingford shared research on a number of areas including: the resilience of buildings(new and retro-fit); methodology to assess coastal infrastructure resilience to climate change; real-time flood inundation forecasting for key infrastructure, and spatial analysis; and simulation of extreme coastal flooding scenarios for national-scale emergency planning.

Sajni Malde, who presented a paper on ‘Applying emulators for improved flood risk analysis’, and who is currently working on an industrial placement with the Flood Management Group at HR Wallingford, was presented with the Best Young Author Award at the conference.

In addition to HR Wallingford, other co-ordinators of FLOODrisk 2016 included Deltares, Samui (who provided the local Secretariat), INSTEA and MEDDE, The Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (France).

The next FLOODrisk Conference will be held in Budapest in 2020.

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