Talking about floods: be brave and leave out the numbers!

Community Questions from Skegness
Catherine Morgan
Monday, 1st August 2016

EA Principal Scientist, Dr Jacqui Cotton encourages us as Flood Risk Managers, to really think about what information the public need and want to hear before and during flood events.  Salience, she argues, is key to engaging with the public in meaningful, actionable and transformative ways.

Shifting from building defences to building resilience in Flood Risk Management

Catherine Morgan
Wednesday, 20th July 2016

Planning cities now to be resilient to future risks is crucial, especially in light of UN projections estimate that two out of every three people on the planet will be living in cities by 2050. This article explores the shift towards engaging people and communities in Flood Risk Management as part of wider 'planning for resilience' measures.

An uncertain flood future: why we need to think beyond water

Catherine Morgan
Thursday, 24th March 2016

Bob Grabowski examines changing rainfall patterns in the UK within the context of the December 2015 floods.  He makes the case that rain in itself does not cause flooding, but there are a number of other influences including human activity and the way we have shaped the landscape.  Here, he explores the case for Natural Flood Management.

Flooding and its Impact on Commercial Real Estate Values

Catherine Morgan
Wednesday, 20th January 2016

December 2015 saw the the wettest year on record since 1902 in the UK with storms Desmond, Eva and Frank generating prolonged, intense rainfall conditions that caused widespread flooding across the country.  In this blog, Ed Trevillion examines the impact of flood damage and flood risk assessmnets on real estate, property value and insurance in the UK.


Communicating Flood Risk - Connecting with people!

Humber in a Box. Photo credit - Mike Park, University of Hull
Catherine Morgan
Tuesday, 17th November 2015

The need for Flood Risk Management researchers to engage with the public has never been more apparent.  Yet, while researchers shy away from this important role, the public increasingly rely on the media and other sources for scientific information.  Chris Skinner challenges researchers, to get out there and engage with the public to raise the profile of flood risk management.

Social media to the Rescue During Flood Events?

Catherine Morgan
Monday, 21st September 2015

In this article, Dirk Eilander illustrates the ways in which social media can be considered a valuable source of information for disaster risk reduction. During floods, the data can be used for decision support by providing a picture of what is happening on the ground and to recreate the chronology of the flood for future planning.

Why dredging our rivers shouldn't be a first response to flooding

Catherine Morgan
Wednesday, 1st July 2015

In this article for The House Magazine, Professor Colin Thorne examines the case for dredging rivers. He argues that, on its own, it is not an effective or sustainable way to manage flood risk and that dredging should only be considered as part of a well-planned Integreted Flood Risk Management strategy.

People and politics in the Aftermath of Floods

Catherine Morgan
Tuesday, 21st April 2015

Catherine Butler and Kate Walker-Springett examine the potential role that communities can play in shaping policies and solutions to Flood Risk Management.  They argue that the inclusion of flood affected publics’ knowledge is imperative in long–term planning and policy.

Boom or Burst: Flood Risk at the Property Level

Catherine Morgan
Monday, 9th February 2015

The performance of property rainwater drainage systems is of vital importantance in protecting buildings from rainwater damage and in determining flood risk downstream. To provide the resilience needed to protect against extreme rainfall events, an overhaul of the current design methodology is needed.

Joining up the dots in Flood Risk Management

Catherine Morgan
Monday, 19th January 2015

One year on from the devastation caused by the winter floods of 2013 that inundated Somerset,  we examine why it's crucial now, more than ever before, for a holistic, joined-up approach to Flood Risk Management in the UK.

Building Resilience to Climate Change Amongst Older Adults

Valuing Older Adults in Society
Saturday, 1st November 2014

This month Ryan Woolrych considers flood resillience in older adults.  He argues that building resilience requires a change in the way we percieve older adults. Designing 'age-friendly' communities that value and  support older adults will help them prepare for and respond to floods.

Who should be contributing to flood risk management?

People and their behaviour influence flood risk
Nick Mount
Thursday, 4th September 2014

Nick Mount explores the idea that one the greatest influences on flood risk is actually people and their behaviour.  He argues that understanding these human considerations requires expertise from social scientists, and may herald significant changes in the way we fund and build research teams.  

The Flood Risk Management Community Prepare for the Perfect Storm

Catherine Morgan
Thursday, 19th June 2014

It wasn’t so long ago that the UK was facing devastation as the winter floods of 2013 inundated Somerset and the surrounding areas week after week, causing damage estimated to have reached £1billion with severe consequences for communities...