Flood Action Team (FLoAT) Launches to Collect Data on Processes Generating Surface Water and Flash Flooding

FLoAT
2014-07-20

Understanding, predicting and modelling the impacts of Flooding From Intense Rainfall (FFIR) requires critical observations and data on floods and flood-generating processes during events as well as post-event surveys and surveys to support historical-event reconstruction by modelling. The aims of FloAT are: (1) to gather high quality data for flash floods resulting from intense rainfall that occur during the timeframe of the FFIR research programme and; (2) to reconstruct the dynamics of selected historical floods. We will use fieldwork and novel crowd-sourcing methods to capture past and present FFIR process data providing key input/validation data for: (a) hydraulic modelling of FFIR events; (b) hydrodynamic modelling of rapid sub-catchment response to intense rainfall; (c) identification and characterisation of processes during FFIR events. The research team have already been ‘storm chasing’ across the North of England, a write-up of which can be found on the FFIR research blog