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    FloodProBE: protecting the urban environment from floods
  • FloodProBE: protecting the urban environment from floods
  • FloodProBE: protecting the urban environment from floods
  • FloodProBE: protecting the urban environment from floods

FloodProBE: protecting the urban environment from floods

Floods are a major natural hazard and serious threat to people and assets. Climate change and the concentration of population and infrastructure in urban areas are likely to affect flood risk in the future. HR Wallingford was part of an EU-wide consortium looking at cost-effective ways to reduce this risk.

The FloodProBE European research project had the objective of providing cost-effective solutions for flood risk reduction in urban areas. HR Wallingford worked as part of a consortium of 16 European organisations and contributed to all aspects of the project. Findings from the project were published in a Guidance Document for flood professionals and decision-makers.

FloodProBE developed technologies, methods and tools for flood risk assessment and for the practical adaptation of new and existing buildings, critical infrastructure and flood defences leading to a better understanding of vulnerability, flood resilience and defence performance. It supported implementation of the Floods Directive through the development of more effective flood risk management strategies. The work was undertaken in close partnership with industry, and used pilot sites across Europe, to help provide practical industry guidance and cost effective construction solutions.

New concepts, methodologies and interventions in levees and urban critical infrastructure were developed on the following topic areas:

Understanding flood defence reliability

Understanding vulnerability of critical infrastructure

Providing design and engineering solutions

The FloodProBE project has made major advances in our understanding of risk management of floods in urban areas, and filled gaps in our knowledge. It will contribute to policy- and decision-making at EU level and has led to new research alliances across Europe.

The FloodProBE project has made major advances in our understanding of risk management of floods in urban areas, and filled gaps in our knowledge. It will contribute to policy- and decision-making at EU level and has led to new research alliances across Europe.

The FloodProBE project has made major advances in our understanding of risk management of floods in urban areas, and filled gaps in our knowledge. It will contribute to policy- and decision-making at EU level and has led to new research alliances across Europe.

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Manuela Escarameia

Manuela Escarameia

Prinicpal Engineer

+44 (0)1491 822429

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Andy Tagg

Andy Tagg

Technical Director

+44 (0)1491 822332

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