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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. Continue reading ›

New projections of water availability inform the 'UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report'

Posted: 13-Jul-2016

The ‘UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report’ released on 12 July 2016 provides authoritative scientific assessment of climate change risks to the UK. This new independent report to Government sets out the most urgent risks and opportunities arising for the UK from climate change. HR Wallingford led the development of new projections of water availability for the UK which fed into the Evidence Report to enable the UK Government to assess the relative severity of impacts under a range of future scenarios.  Continue reading ›

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Ralph LedbetterThe Environment Agency’s draft guidance for the next generation of Water Resource Management Plans makes it clear that water companies must understand how their systems will perform during periods of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.

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.

Why wouldn’t SuDS have helped prevent the Cumbrian floods?

Posted: 14-Dec-2015
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Richard Kellagher

Six years after record-breaking rainfall over the Cumbria fells, the north-west area of England has again been subjected to extreme rainfall that has led to widespread flooding and disruption. In the immediate aftermath, a question which is always asked is: could more have been done to prevent it?

Richard Kellagher explains why SuDS are so valuable but are not a panacea and wouldn’t have helped prevent the recent flooding in Cumbria. 

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