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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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Azerbaijan prepares flood protection

    The government of Azerbaijan has entered into a contract with engineering consultancy Royal Haskoning and research institute Deltares, to prevent more devastating floods as experienced by the country during spring 2010. The agreement is part of an initiative of cooperation between the Netherlands and Azerbaijan that will see improvements to water management and ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • French glacier flood threat

    French authorities began draining a lake trapped beneath a glacier in the Mont Blanc Alpine range last week, in order to protect thousands of people in the valley below from potential flooding. Draining the main cavity at a rate of 50 cubic metres per hour, working round the clock, will take until October. The reservoir of water, roughly the volume of 20 Olympic-size pools, was discovered by ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Understanding what causes droughts and floods

    The latest research into how variations in the atmosphere and oceans combine to produce impacts like the major droughts and floods experienced recently in south-eastern Australia will be presented today in Canberra at a science workshop hosted by the South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative (SEACI). SEACI is a three-year, $9 million research program investigating the causes and ...

  • 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 ...

  • New maps to help prepare for flooding

    Improved flood maps published today show a reduction in the number of people classed at risk of surface water flooding and will help communities and businesses protect their properties from flooding. The maps show areas of the country at risk of flooding from rivers and the sea as well as new national scale maps of surface water flooding, making them some of the most comprehensive anywhere in the ...

  • 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.

  • 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

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