FCERM.net January Newsletter


Dear Network Member,

Welcome to the January issue of the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network news.  To kick start the year, we bring you news and events from the FCERM community including:

News from the Community

Sniffer and FCERM.net launch new web-based tool to support collaboration in FCERM

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 expertiseThe forum will provide members of the Network with access to a bulletin-board style space that enables them to connect with other members.  The Sniffer-FCERM.net Community Forum will be launched at the Sniffer Flood Risk Management Annual Conference to be held at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh on February 3rd-4th 2015.

EA Launch New Channel Management Handbook

A new handbook promoting good practice for channel management has been developed by the Environment Agency and DEFRA. Written for the flood risk management authorities, the handbook brings together over 10 years of research and practice. It aims to help with the decisions of when and how to carry out channel management for flood risk and land drainage purposes

Dredging up Trouble? Recommendations for Future Flood Risk Management

The Blueprint for Water partnership, a coalition of organisations representing over two million members, have released a report that highlights the importance of considering a range of flood protection measures, other than dredging.  The report  Dredging up Trouble  identifies ten priority areas which would lose investment if funding was ring fenced solely for dredging including flood recovery, protecting life and public health and defending transport and utilities

FloodMEMORy Project Welcomes New team member

We are very pleased to announce that Kazi Hassan has been appointed to the RA position Fluvial Flood Risk from January 1st 2015. Kazi has over 20 years of flood risk and sediment transport modelling experience with consultancy and academia and is currently completing his PhD (University of Glasgow) on flume-based research into the development of mathematical correction formulae for flow memory effects on sediment transport. Kazi replaces Dr. Douglas Pender, with Doug having accepted a permanent position with Grontmij's water engineering team. We would like to thank Doug for his excellent contribution to FloodMEMORY, which has developed a new methodology for simulating flood sequences and quantifying uncertainty in sediment-related flood risk. This research has been submitted/published in two international journals and promoted at multiple international conferences. We wish him every success with his future career.


10th Sniffer Annual Conference on Flood Risk Management, 3rd-4th Feb 2014

This year will mark Sniffer's 10th Annual Flood Risk Management Conference.   This year the focus is on exploring the multiple benefits of FRM from an integrated approach.The conference gives a unique opportunity to get the latest updates on the Scottish Flood Risk Management Act, and hear case studies and best practice on implementing the various aspects of the Act. The 2015 programme welcomes speakers from SEPA, Transport Scotland, Scottish Water, Scottish Canals, Forestry Commission Scotland, Historic Scotland, UK Environmental Law Association as well as many other organisations.

For more information and to register

XVth IWRA World Water Congress

25th-29th May, Edinburgh

In May 2015, Edinburgh will be the focus of the international water resource management effort as world-leading academics, researchers and policy-makers gather for the XVth World Water Congress. Presented by the Scottish Government and supported by Scottish Water, the Congress will take place over five days 25-29 May 2015.

More information and to register

FCERM.net Webinar

12.15pm Wednesday, February 25th

This month's FCERM.net webinar will be delivered by Dr 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. Sari delivered a presentation at the 2014 Network annual assembly on her research - a national study of the health impacts of the Winter 2013 floods in England

For more information or to participate please use this link.

Flood Vulnerability Mapping & Communicating Uncertainty in Flood Risk Assessments

Scottish Hydrological Group, January 28th, Edinburgh

Dr. Lindsay Beevers considers how the assessments undertaken under the FRM Act (Scotland) aim to identify flood risk, flood damages and flood mitigation measures throughout Scotland in a consistent and transparent manner allowing prioritisation of flood management measures.  The presentation explores how these uncertainties can be communicated effectively to expert and non-expert stakeholders and will review methods of including vulnerability measures into any assessment process.

For more information


Call for Abstracts: European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) 2015

12th to 14th May 2015, Bella Centre, Copenhagen

The special session is on: Implementing novel tools to aid coastal management in the face of climate change.  Abstracts can be submitted at the ECCA website,  and the deadline for submitting an abstract is 1st February 2015


  • Colin Thorne - Geographies of UK flooding in 2013/4
  • Dissanayake, P., Brown, J., Karunarathna, H., 2014. Modelling storm-induced beach/dune evolution: Sefton coast, Liverpool Bay, UK, Marine Geology 357, 225 – 242. 



We hope that you have enjoyed this month's newsletter.  If you have any news, events or activities you would like to share with us, please contact c.morgan@hw.ac.uk.

With Best Wishes

FCERM.net Team