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  • Review of damage-reducing measures for floods

    Climate change is likely to increase the frequency and severity of flooding. This study reviewed damage mitigating measures at local, regional and national scales, and suggests that approaches including both spatial planning and private precautionary measures (such as building adaptations) are important for integrated risk management. Floods and the resulting damage are increasing in Europe. For ...

  • New insights into uptake of household flood mitigation measures

    Comprehensive flood risk management should include household measures, such as improving a home’s stability and relocating heating systems to safe places within the house. According to new research, better communication with householders by authorities on the effectiveness of such measures, and how to implement them, could increase their uptake. With the recognition that flooding is ...

  • 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 ...

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    The importance of groundwater monitoring

    Groundwater monitoring is an essential element in any environmental information system. Based upon validated groundwater monitoring data, information is derived on which decisions can be made. Constant monitoring provides the necessary data input for your smart environment and is basically the basis of the decision making process concerning spatial planning and climate change adaptation. As in ...


    By Eijkelkamp Soil & Water

  • Mapping groundwater flooding for the EU Floods Directive

    In the coming years the EU Floods Directive1 will require Member States to produce flood hazard and risk maps. Taking the UK as a case study, new research highlights the need for advances in data collection, mapping and groundwater flood warning systems to meet EU requirements for maps and management plans. Although often occurring less frequently than fluvial (river) flooding, the effects of ...

  • Mangroves Provide Measurable Risk Reduction Benefit to Coastal Communities from Storm Waves and Flooding

    Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom, 6 November, 2014: A new guidebook on mangroves as a coastal defence finds that mangroves can reduce risk from a large number of coastal hazards. The role of mangroves in coastal defence has been widely promoted since the tsunami that struck South-East Asia in 2004. Yet, the level of protection provided by mangroves has been subject to debate. The ...


    By Wetlands International

  • OTT issues Flood Warning

    Nigel Grimsley, Managing Director of OTT Hydrometry is urging those responsible for flood prevention and management to take action this summer to ensure they are protected before the arrival of severe weather. “Saturated soil and blocked channels contribute to the severity of flooding, but in many cases it is the location and intensity of rainfall that contributes to the speed with which ...


    By OTT HydroMet

  • Flooded streets, normal or manageable

    One of the challenges for urban planners is urban water management. For example, buildings and paved roads prevent natural infiltration and direct the water flow to channels and sewers. Moreover, the weather patterns are also changing. We are increasingly faced with longer periods of drought and short periods of intense rainfall. Water drainage and sewage system Because the ...


    By Eijkelkamp Soil & Water

  • Addressing flooding on the Somerset Levels

    Further information on the Environment Agency's response to flooding in Somerset The flooding on the Somerset Levels is the result of prolonged and persistent rainfall, with the area seeing more than twice the average rainfall for this time of year. Up to 40 properties and 65 square kilometres of land have unfortunately flooded. However, flood defences have protected over 200 square kilometres of ...

  • Learning to live with floods in Scotland

    Communities in Scotland have moved away from trying to defend themselves against floods to a position that accepts them as inevitable and finds ways of coping with them, according to research presented at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) conference in Edinburgh. Professor Alan Werritty of the University of Dundee said: "Things have changed radically since 2009 and the passage of ...


    By Royal Geographical Society

  • Compensating for re-directed flooding

    Flood prevention actions can redirect flooding to another location. A new French survey indicates that current local compensation policies to deal with this situation may be financially unviable. It suggests more practical solutions would involve insurance schemes and state intervention, as well as local water management institutions. The EU Directive on the Assessment and Management of Flood ...

  • Atlanta floods extremely rare

    The epic flooding that hit the Atlanta area in September was so extremely rare that, six weeks later this event has defied attempts to describe it. Scientists have reviewed the numbers and they are stunning. “At some sites, the annual chance of a flood of this magnitude was so significantly less than 1 in 500 that, given the relatively short length of streamgaging records (well less than 100 ...

  • Training benefits from floods this summer

    The floods this summer provided an endless amount of media coverage but not all the news was bad. National consultants to the water and environmental industries, Hydro-Logic Ltd, held a training course for the Environment Agency at Knightsford Bridge in Worcestershire. Part of the course involved the thirteen delegates gauging the flow of the River Teme and thanks to the floods, the flow ...


    By Hydro-Logic Services

  • Climate-driven changes in German floods

    A recent study suggests climate change has increased flooding in many regions in Germany, but that flood patterns vary across the country. When planning protective measures, regulators should be aware of the behaviour of flooding in specific areas of the country. Severe flooding has occurred in Germany over the last few decades, causing loss of life, displacement of people and livestock and heavy ...

  • Super `floodway` mooted for Thai floods

    Researchers from a Thai university have come up with a proposal for a 'super express' floodway to help reduce the impact of future flooding on Thailand's capital, Bangkok. The idea came from Chulalongkorn University's Unit for Disaster and Land Information Studies and would make use of existing ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New flood-protection strategies for the north

    We have long believed in the Netherlands that we are safe from flooding as long as our dikes are high enough. However, dikes will always be vulnerable, one reason being the continued sea-level rise. Because of this, the concept of ‘multi-layered safety’ ('meerlaagsveiligheid') was introduced in the Delta Programme. Alterra and HKV have applied this concept to the islands and mainland ...

  • Droughts and floods slow economic growth

    Droughts and floods can significantly damage economic growth, recent research has found. A 1% increase in the area affected by drought can slow a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth by 2.7% per year and a 1% increase in the area experiencing extreme rainfall can reduce GDP growth by 1.8%, according to the study. Investments in water security could help reduce this negative ...

  • Floods Cause Asbestos Scare in Washington

    LA Testing provides asbestos testing services to keep area residents and cleanup workers safe from its deadly fibers. Garden Grove, CA, September 27th, 2010 Earlier this month The Seattle Times reported about asbestos concerns along the Sumas River in Washington.  It all began with flooding that occurred back in January of 2009 that spread debris carried ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Early warning system for pluvial flooding

    An early warning system for pluvial flooding caused by surface water runoff has been developed and could be implemented in the near future. The method offers greater warning and better targeting of resources. Pluvial flooding occurs when large volumes of surface water, typically from heavy rainfall, accumulate causing overland flow and ponding which is unable to drain away. Urban underground ...

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