FCERM.net November News


Dear Colleagues,

In this month's newsletter we bring you our staple round up of news and activities from across the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management community. 

Of particular interest in November's issue is a blog written by Chris Skinner on Communicating Flood Risk to the public, complementing the release of a new report 'Communicating Flood Risks in a Changing Climate' which aims to help build community resilience for future climate impacts.  Chris's blog challenges all researchers and practitioners to seriously consider the role of communicating our work as a way of rasing the profile of Flood Risk Management.  Highlight's this month include:

News from the Community

New Report Launched: Communicating Flood Risks in a Changing Climate

A new report, Communicating Flood Risks in a Changing Climate was launched this month. Designed to be a practical resource for practitioners, it aims to help build community resilience for future climate impacts and support productive conversations about climate change and flooding. The report is free to download and is accompanied by a webinar that highlights the key findings. 

New SuDS Manual Launched with Benefits of SuDS Tool

The new SuDS manual and the Benefits of SuDS (BeST) Tool was launched by the team from CIRIA in the House of Lords earlier this month, introduced by  Lord Krebs who discussed the climate change committee recommendations for successful UK implementation of SuDS.

Both the SuDS Manual and BeST publications and tool are freely available via the CIRIA and SUSDRAIN websites. 

Opportunity: PhD Post Modelling systems of natural and engineered beaches

Coastal erosion and flooding are global environmental and economic threats, and existing coastal defence structures are aging, exposing the communities to increased hazard. The PhD project will focus on the numerical modelling of the performance of composite systems of natural beaches and coastal defence structures in order to simulate and thereby understand how these systems behave.

For informal enquiries regarding this studentship please contact Dr Riccardo Briganti



Reflecting on the Demise and Reincarnation of a Wave Wall, Lancaster

Event date: Monday, 23rd November 2015

Event venue: Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University,

Event description: 

Lancaster City Council has secured £10m of funding from the Environment Agency for a Capital Maintenance scheme to replace the existing Wave Reflection Wall along Morecambe seafront. The first phase of the project will see the replacement of 1,800 metres of the wall on Marine Road East between Lord Street and Happy Mount Park incorporating new surfacing, seating and lighting.


Flooding Resilience Community Pathfinder Conference - Lessons Learnt

Event date: Wednesday, 2nd December 2015

Event venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square

Event description: A Partnership event between CIWEM, Defra, National Flood Forum (NFF) and Collingwood Environmental Planning. This conference will be the first opportunity for Risk Management Authorities to hear the key lessons learned from the Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder projects on working with communities to improve flood resilience.



An innovative approach to coastal management, Crawley

Event date: Thursday, 3rd December 2015

Event venue: K2 Leisure Centre Pease Pottage Hill Crawley West Sussex

Event description: The presentation will introduce the new risk based coastal asset management system developed by Network Rail and JBA Consulting and currently in use by the Wales and Western Routes.


Policy and Delivering Efficiencies for Flood Risk Management: : Can we deliver more for less?

Event date: Tuesday, 26th January 2015

Event venue: Hamilton House London

Event description: Earlier this year following Government's introduction of the welcomed 6-year funding settlement for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) work, funding will increase from £370m this year to over £400m in 2020/21.The increased funding and the opportunities it provides come with a price. The cost of this is that we need to demonstrate efficiency improvements of 10% in delivering this programme.

This workshop will bring together all stakeholders to share and discuss the issues, policy and exchange their knowledge as how we can best achieve this.


We hope you found this month's newsletter to be both informative and interesting.  If you have news, events, opportunities or publications you would like to share with us, then please contact Catherine Morgan.


With thanks,

FCERM.net Team