FCERM.net February Newsletter


Dear Network Member,

Welcome to the February issue of the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network news.  Top news stories this month include:

News from the Community

Special Flood Risk Management Session announced at IWRA World Water Congress

FCERM.net will support a Special Session on Flood Risk Management on May 27th at part of the IWRA XVth World Water Congress being held in Edinburgh over five days (25-29 May 2015).

Trends in channel capacity DO modify flood hazards

New research, led by Dr Louise Slater, a lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, could help us better understand why flood hazard changes.  The new methods developed demonstrated that accurately quantifying changes requires the separate accounting of both streamflow and channel capacity. 

New Insights into UK Intense Rainfall – From Science To Policy

The NERC-funded CONVEX (CONVective EXtremes) project held a workshop on intense rainfall and flash flooding in January at The Royal Society in London. The event brought together academics and stakeholders from government and the private sector to discuss the latest understanding of UK intense rainfall and how this new knowledge might be developed into policy guidance.

Launch of the Climate Just website

A new mapping tool, Climate Just, has been developed by Climate UK and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to show the impact of climate change in England.  The software highlights ‘hot spots’ and provides an insight into the inequalities at a local level indicating the vulnerability of neighbourhoods in England to flooding, heat and fuel poverty.

New STAR-FLOOD Project creates a shining example of international collaboration

A new European project, Strengthening And Redesigning European FLOOD risk practices: Towards appropriate and resilient flood risk governance arrangements (STAR-FLOOD) aims to aid the deisgn of policies to improve preparation and response to flood risks from rivers across Europe. The innovative new project incvolves collaboration between academics and practitioners in six European countries and includes UK case studies from Kingston-upon-Hull, the Lower Thames and Leeds.


The February Webinar – Flooding and Health by Sari Kovats

Wednesday February 25th, 12.15pm (on-line)

Sari Kovats from the Department of Social & Environmental Health Research, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will examine the realtionship between flooding and health.

More information and to participate



Scottish Hydrological Group Meeting

 Wednesday, 18th February 2015, Edinburgh

Discussion on diffuse pollution and improvement of the quality of raw water for potable water supply. Project is being run as a part of Scottish Water's Sustainable Land Management Scheme.

• Special Flood Risk Management Session, IWRA World Water Congress

Wednesday May 27th, EiCC Edinburgh

FCERM.net will support a Special Session on Flood Risk Management on May 27th as part of the week-long IWRA Congress.  The Session will bring together leaders in Flood Risk Management from across the world in one place to exchange knowlege, share best practice and to collaborate on future world-leading research


Professor Hannah Cloke wins recognition for Research Impact

Congratulations to Professor Hannah Cloke from University of Reading who has been awarded winner of the ‘early career researcher' category of the inaugural NERC Impact Awards in recognition of exceptional economic and/or societal impact within the UK and internationally. 

Sniffer-FCERM.net On-line Forum is officially launched!

The Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network Risk Management Network is collaborating with Sniffer to provide the FCERM community with an on-line space for collaboration and sharing of ideas and expertise

Sniffer 10th Annual Flood Risk Managementment Conference a success

Congratulations to Michelagh O'Neill and the team at Sniffer for delivering a hugely successful 10th Annual Flood Risk Management Conference.

Drawing over 220 professionals from across the sector of Flood Risk Management including those from research, policy and practice, and bringing interested parties from planning, law, education, finance and insurance and conservation, it's fair to say the Sniffer Annual Conference on Flood Risk Management was a great success!

With opening talks from Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform, Dr Aileen McLeod, Jusith Tracey, Head of Managing Flood Risk, Scottish Government and Elliot Robertson, Flood Risk Planning Manager at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency it was clear that Scotland is driving forward Flood Risk Management through innovation, building partnerships and by embracing sustainable, holistic approaches to cathcment management.





Flood Risk Management Opportunities in SEPA

SEPA has a significant role to play in flood risk management in Scotland, including the provision of a flood forecasting and warning service, advice to planning authorities on flood risk and producing flood risk management strategies and flood mapping for Scotland.  In addition, SEPA is preparing to take on the role of regulating reservoir safety from the local authorities.  Information on flooding roles and the flood maps SEPA has prepared are available on our website.

A number of exciting opportunities are coming up over the next few weeks  to help deliver these responsibilities.  These include:

  • a senior policy officer (flood risk management),
  • two flood risk scientists (reservoirs modelling and risk assessment)
  • two trainee flood risk scientists

Details will be placed on SEPA’s website as the posts are finalised - the senior policy officer vacancy has already been advertised with a closing date of 1 March

Visit our careers home page where you can find out more about the terms and benefits of working for SEPA as well as further details on vacancies.