Flood Monitoring News

  • BBA Pumps high volume flood relief pumps for the UK Environment Agency

    In the winter of 2013, the coastal plains of Somerset were hit by severe flooding. This natural disaster gave rise to a revision of the flood relief program and the UK Environment Agency has been taking measures to try and prevent any such repeats. As part of the new flood relief program the agency tendered for new framework suppliers. The proposal made by BBA Pumps was ...


    By BBA Pumps

  • Check valves protect Brisbane central district from floods

    Flood prevention in Brisbane, Australia, is paramount to a sense of security for those living in close proximity to the Brisbane River. Kerry Olsson of Wapro AB reports why the Brisbane city council chose WaStop check valves to prevent the reoccurrence of devastating and costly flooding in its central business district after trials, tests, and analysis. Situated inside a bend of the Brisbane ...


    By Wapro AB

  • Water Level Sensors Provide Real-time Flood Warnings in Iowa

    To create the world’s most sophisticated flood monitoring and forecasting system, the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) uses more than 200 Senix ToughSonic 30 and ToughSonic 50 ultrasonic sensors to measure water levels in streams across the state. Data collected from the sensors are automatically sent to the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS), ...


    By Senix Corporation

  • Ultrasonic water level sensors monitor flooding in the Philippines

    A variety of factors make the Philippines, and especially the Manila region, among the most flood prone in the world. Tropical rains flow rapidly from mountain uplands to the Manila basin where dense urbanization accelerates run-off. To make matters worse, Manila is built on lowlands that are getting lower due to ground water extraction and the weight of urban concrete and steel. As a result, ...


    By Senix Corporation

  • EU floods underline relevance of four priorities for action Sendai Framework

    In late May and early June 2016, extreme flooding began after several days of heavy rain in central Europe, Germany and France, but also Austria, Belgium, Romania, and Moldova. Not only Europe is affected but also other regions, like Northern Africa. UNESCO-IHE's flood experts Chris Zevenbergen and Biswa Bhattacharya visited the city of Alexandria in Egypt last December where they advised local ...

  • Intelligent monitoring system provides flood warnings

    Water level sensing technology from OTT Hydrometry is being used in an intelligent flood warning system that has been installed at a ford in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. The system, which was designed and installed by SWARCO Traffic, monitors water level in the Finham Brook where it passes under the A452, and warns drivers when potentially dangerous conditions arise. Working closely with ...

  • Cumbria Farmers Facing Floods For the Third Time

    Farming communities across Cumbria faced flooding for the third time in less than a month, following torrential rains and high winds in the wake of Storm Desmond. The Environment Agency has issued no less than 23 flood warnings across England and Wales and 14 in the North West, urging people to take immediate action. According to the BBC, the MET office has already issued yellow warnings for rain ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Green roofs as flood mitigation measures: how to improve performance

    Green roofs have been proposed to mitigate flooding in urban areas. This study combined field experiments and numerical simulations to investigate the ability of green roofs to absorb rainwater. The authors describe how green roofs can be most effective at mitigating flooding, providing findings which will be important for policy on green infrastructure. Rapid urbanisation has led to increases in ...

  • Conference programme announced for Flood & Coast 2016

    The advance conference programme for Flood & Coast 2016, 23-25 February in Telford, is announced today as visitor registration opens.  Led by the Environment Agency, the conference will bring together local authorities, owners of infrastructure, businesses and community groups to tackle the big questions relating to flood and coastal risk management (FCRM) today and in the future. ...


    By Trio Events Ltd

  • New flood simulation tool improves collaboration on flood management

    A new tool for flood simulation and visualisation is accessible for both experts and practitioners, allowing them to collaborate better on flood planning and relief. Among other features, the new system includes 3D simulations, rainfall simulation and water flow data. With a vast majority of its population at risk from heavy floods and storms, the European Union has developed a risk management ...

  • Cloud-based flood risk learning tool engages multiple stakeholders

    A pilot cloud-based learning platform that brings together multiple datasets, models and visualisation tools has been developed with the engagement of numerous stakeholders throughout the design process. This tool could lead to informed decisions about flood risk at the local level. These types of tools and frameworks are effective ways of facilitating better decision making. Europe is currently ...

  • Large-scale early flood warning systems provide high returns on investment

    Continental-scale early flood warning systems in Europe can provide significant monetary benefits by reducing flood damage and associated costs. Specifically, a new study found that the return from the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) and available flood damage data has the potential to be as high as approximately 400 euros for every one euro invested. Early flood warnings — and ...

  • Rotork valve actuators at hub of automated flood alleviation scheme

    An extended scope contract performed by Rotork Site Services has successfully delivered full automation of a flood alleviation scheme protecting the historic town of Cardigan in West Wales. The project involved replacing unreliable actuators from another manufacturer, installing a PLC control cabinet and interfacing with the existing river level sensor and telemetry ...


    By Rotork

  • Internationally coordinated use of satellites needed for managing floods

    Loss of satellites providing rainfall data could have a negative effect on global flood management, according to new research. However, this could be mitigated by improved international co-operation and the use of more modern satellite technology, the authors say. The study examined the consequences for flood management of the loss of four of the existing 10 dedicated rainfall measuring ...

  • Record torrential rainfall linked to warming climate

    If you think you’re getting an unusually hard soaking more often when you go out in the rain, you’re probably right. A team of scientists in Germany says record-breaking heavy rainfall has been increasing strikingly in the last 30 years as global temperatures increase. Before 1980, they say, the explanation was ...


    By Climate News Network

  • New flood alert as warming raises sea levels threat

    Europe could face a higher marine invasion than anybody anticipated. As polar ice melts, tides could be as much as 1.5 metres higher around the coasts of Scandinavia, Germany, the Netherlands and England, according to a new study. This is considerably higher than the average sea level rise – driven by global warming as a consequence of burning fossil fuels ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Researchers get flood forecasting off the ground

    Scientists have built a model that accurately predicts floods without data from the ground. Until recently, ground observations were needed alongside satellite data to build a full-enough picture to ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Flood strategies could be improved with help of socio-demographic data

    Flood management could be improved by including socio-demographic information in the assessment of flood risk, suggests new research. The research combined traditional flood risk assessment with information on the ‘social vulnerability’ of people living in flood risk areas. The results show that there are almost twice as many people of high social vulnerability (e.g. low-income or ...

  • Europe`s transport network vulnerable to climate change

    Transport is vital to the smooth running of the economy. When movement of people, goods or services is hindered, the indirect costs to the economy can be many times higher than the direct cost of damaged transport infrastructure. Despite these risks, adapting the transport system to climate change has received relatively little attention from policymakers to date. This message comes ...

  • New forecasting method: Predicting extreme floods in the Andes mountains

    Predicting floods following extreme rainfall in the central Andes is enabled by a new method. Climate change has made these events more frequent and more severe in recent decades. Now complex networks analysis of satellite weather data makes it possible to produce a robust warning system for the first time, a study to be published in the journal Nature Communications shows. This might allow for ...

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