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


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