FCERM.net November News


Dear Network Member,

Welcome to the November issue of the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network news.  In this issue we bring you a round-up of the news and events from the FCERM community including:

News from the FCERM Community

Prof. Pender to take ICE Scotland Chair

On the 18th November Professor Garry Pender, Director of the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network (FCERM.net) will take the Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers Scottish Region.

Professor Pender's term will begin with an open meeting on “Flood Risk Management: from defence to social impact


SEPA Launches new Coastal Flood Warnings

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Minister for Environment and Climate Change have launched a new Coastal Flood Warning service for the Moray Firth.  The service has introduces 17 new Flood Warning Areas  to help vulnerable communities at risk of flooding along the Moray Firth coastline from Wick in the Highlands to Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire reducing the risk for up to 9,000 homes and businesses.

FCERM R&D Programme’s Research News now Published!

Research News is the biannual publication from the joint Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Research and Development (FCERM R&D) programme. The programme conducts, manages and promotes flood and coastal erosion risk management research and development. The current edition of Research News looks at how the FCERM R&D Programme are improving the quality of existing radar products using new dual polarisation technology and how they are working with natural processes and reducing flood risk

Highwaterline Project Raises Flood Awareness in Bristol

A new initiative that brings flood engineering science together with the arts is engaging one of the most at risk flood cities in the UK - Using chalk to mark a 32-mile continuous line through the city in an attempt to highlight the risk of flooding.

Award winning EA Flood Risk Scheme sets the Bar for Good Practice

Medmerry is one of the stretches of coastline most at risk of flooding in England. It's ‘managed realignment scheme has now become the UK’s largest manmade coastal habitat flood scheme and has won ‘The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award’ as well as a British Construction Industry Award.


November Webinar: The Next Generation of Flood Modelling Software

12.15pm, 26th November

Richard Crowder from CH2M HILL, provides the November webinar on:

'The Next Generation of Flood Modelling Software'

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Coastal Flood Incidents: Ensuring We Learn From the Events of Last Winter

26 November 2014 – SOAS, University of London

This one-day CIWEM conference will reflect on how the lessons learned from the 1953 coastal surge helped mitigate impacts in December 2013; and discuss how we can continue to learn from these events going forward.

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The iBUILD project Stakeholder Day

Wednesday 12 November at the Doubletree Hilton, Leeds

The agenda includes an update on recent progress as well as three workshop sessions for participants to choose from. The day concludes with a panel debate on the theme ‘Different scales of infrastructure finance’ and a conference dinner. Workshop session details and registration now online.

CIWEM Rivers and Coastal Group Winter Conference: Signposting New Developments in Asset Management

25 January 2015 – SOAS, University of London

This one-day CIWEM conference aims to raise awareness and increase access to emerging and new guidance in the field of Flood and Coastal Erosions Risk Management (FCERM) asset management, demonstrating the benefits and outcomes arising from application of the new knowledge base.

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NERC Advanced Training Short Course in Extreme Flood Events: Forecasting, Modelling & Response

Monday 19th January to noon 23rd January 2015.

The course, designed for PhD students, postdocs, MSc students and other early career researchers, is taught by experts in flood risk management, including representatives from JBA Consulting and Lancaster University.  The course is free to successful applicants. All accommodation and food costs are covered, and travel subsidy available.

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EPSRC Sandpit Call - Water Energy Food Nexus

EPSRC, with input from other research councils is running a sandpit in the water energy food nexus  in order to try to engender a radical change in the research undertaken in this field in the UK.

The sandpit  run over 5 days in January (19th-23rd) and will focus on understanding the interdependencies between water, energy and food security in the context of a  more sustainable economy and changing environment.

The closing date for applications is Nov 4th.  More information

Nexus Network Event

27th November in London

The Nexus Network (Food:Energy:Water:Environment) are holding their first conference this month. This will be an opportunity for network members to meet, hear high-profile speakers, discuss nexus challenges and find out about potential collaborations.

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Recent publications form the FCERM  Community:

  1. Smith LS, Liang Q, Quinn PF (2014) Towards a hydrodynamic modelling framework appropriate for applications in urban flood assessment and mitigation using heterogeneous computing. Urban Water Journal, DOI: 10.1080/1573062X.2014.938763.
  2. Zhang H, Wang Y, Liang Q, Smith LS, Kilsby CG (2014) Non-negative depth reconstruction for a two-dimensional partial inertial inundation model. Journal of Hydroinformatics, 16(5): 1158-1177.
  3. Amouzgar R, Liang Q, and Smith L (2014) A GPU-accelerated shallow flow model for tsunami simulations. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering and Computational Mechanics, 167(3), 117-125.
  4. Allen D, Arthur S, Wallis S. G, Haynes H, Wallerstein, N. Influences and drivers of woody debris movement in urban watercourses. Science China Technological Sciences 2014, 57 (8) 1512-1521.
  5. Lawson E and the Blue-Green Cities team. Delivering and evaluating the multiple flood risk benefits in Blue-Green Cities; an interdisciplinary approach. Flood Recovery Innovation and Response 2014, WIT Press.
  6. G. Coates, G. I. Hawe, N. G. Wright & S. Ahilan. Agent-based modelling and inundation prediction to enable the identification of businesses affected by flooding. Flood Recovery Innovation and Response 2014
  7. Learning from Research: Systematic Reviews for informing Policy

Your news wanted!

We hope you found the November newsletter informative!

If you have a news item, event or publication you would like us to circulate to the FCERM community, please email your brief text with a headline and a high resolution photograph to c.morgan@hw.ac.uk - title your email NEWS!


With thanks,

The FCERM.net Team