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  • 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 ...


  • Consequences of climate change and flood protection

    Acqua alta has a section on 'Maritime visions and projects', where star architect Hadi Teherani will present his 'Living Bridge' project, a bridge with housing and shops on it. A Living Bridge is to be created in Hamburg, about 700 metres long and 60 metres wide, linking the inner city and the urban districts to the south of the Elbe. 'This concept for cities by the water creates an intensive ...


  • River Thames severe flood warnings downgraded

    River levels to remain to remain high in southern England. Still a risk of flooding The Environment Agency has downgraded its 14 Severe Flood Warnings for the River Thames - a decision taken in conjunction with the emergency services and local authorities. River levels on the Thames are gradually falling but will still remain high and property could be flooded for some time. ...

  • A global risk assessment of river and coastal flooding

    A new study provides the first global estimates of river and coastal flooding, highlighting past and future trends, and indicates that Asia and Europe are two of the regions that are worst affected. The researchers suggest that their methods could be useful in developing a global framework for flood risk assessment. Although millions of people worldwide are affected by floods every year, ...

  • A flood study of the Urumea River in The Basque Country

    The Urumea river catchment area which is located in the Basque Country in the northern part of Spain has historically been seriously affected by flooding. The districts most affected by the frequent inundations are the municipalities of San Sebastian, Astigarraga and Hernani. As recently as October 2008 a minor flood was experienced in Hernani. In 2006 and 2004 major flood events with significant ...


  • ‘Soft’ flood defences to protect riverside biodiversity

    Riversides that are unprotected by flood defences are home to more diverse plant communities, according to a new study. According to the researchers of the study, ‘soft’ approaches to flood management, which work in harmony with natural processes, could help promote biodiversity in flood-prone regions. Many studies have highlighted the benefits that biodiversity provides for ...

  • Adaptation is a cost-effective way to protect against river flooding caused by climate change

    The socio-economic costs and benefits of adaptation to river flooding caused by climate change have been assessed in a new study. According to the study, adaptation measures could save €53.1 billion every year in flood-related losses across Europe by 2080. More than 3 million people in Europe were affected by 213 floods that killed around 1126 people and caused damage costing at least ...

  • Climate impact, flood protection and hydraulic engineering

    The climate extremes of recent months have made it very clear again that flooding or extremely dry periods and all their consequences are a challenge that cannot be met without intensive international exchange and joint action. Scientists, business experts, politicians and representatives of municipalities and countries from the whole of Europe will meet at acqua alta, to be held in Hamburg from ...


  • Flooding: what influences householders to protect their homes?

    Householders who believe that climate change increases flood risk are up to 12% more likely to protect their homes against flooding than those who do not hold this belief, finds recent research from Germany. The national survey also found that previous experience of flood damage increased the likelihood of households introducing flood protection measures. Floods damage homes, businesses, ...

  • Protecting our rivers is a sound economic and environmental investment

    Ladies and Gentlemen, good morning, Let me start by asking you a few questions. Have you ever thought of Paris without the Seine? … What would Lisbon look like if ever the Targus river dried up? ... What would have been the history of Austria, where we are today, without the Danube river? … I know it is a bit of science-fiction but I personally could not imagine my home country, ...


    By European Commission

  • Protecting our rivers is a sound economic and environmental investment

    Ladies and Gentlemen, good morning, Let me start by asking you a few questions. Have you ever thought of Paris without the Seine? … What would Lisbon look like if ever the Targus river dried up? ... What would have been the history of Austria, where we are today, without the Danube river? … I know it is a bit of science-fiction but I personally could not imagine my home country, ...

  • Flood risk reduces as rivers fall slowly across southern England

    Two severe flood warnings remain in place on the Somerset Levels, whilst the country’s largest-ever pumping operation continues in order to reduce flood water on the Levels and Moors. Millions of tonnes of water pumped daily Over 65 pumps, including those imported from the Netherlands, are working to pump millions of tonnes of water off the levels every day. ...

  • Flood warnings remain but river levels set to fall slowly this week

    The Environment Agency is continuing to work 24/7 to protect communities River levels are expected to remain high for several more days, especially along the Thames and Severn, but levels are starting to gradually fall this week. Severe flood warnings for the Thames were downgraded yesterday in response to this improving picture, but property could be flooded for some time. Flood Warnings remain ...

  • New international system for early flood warning in the Danube River Basin

    The first international system for forecasting Danube floods and providing early flood warning was launched on 10th March 2008 by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC). Following the disastrous 2002 floods in the Danube and Elbe river basins, the new system will provide the national authorities of countries in the Danube ...


  • Communities along the River Thames and in Somerset warned to expect more flooding

    Heavy rain is expected on Wednesday. Environment Agency teams continue to be out in force across England - day and night - to minimise the impact of flooding. Further disruption from flooding Since Monday afternoon, approximately 70 properties have flooded along the River Thames, and this figure is set to rise. Flooded communities include Datchet, Wraysbury and Chertsey. Windsor ...

  • Severe flood warnings issued to communities along the River Thames

    More rain, wind and waves to cause further flooding into next week. There are 16 severe flood warnings in place for the River Thames and in parts of Somerset. A severe flood warning means that there is a risk to life. The Environment Agency has issued 14 severe flood warnings along the River Thames from Datchet to Shepperton Green, including Ham Court and Chertsey, as river levels in the area are ...

  • Flood threat remains into next week as larger rivers start to reach their peak

    Communities in Dorset and Oxfordshire are urged to remain prepared for flooding as peak flows move along the rivers Thames, Dorset Stour and Frome. There is the possibility of significant flooding in the lower reaches of these rivers. Ongoing river flooding is expected on the Somerset Levels and rivers in the south east remain very high after recent rainfall. River levels on the Severn will also ...

  • Communities along the River Thames warned to expect severe flooding into Tuesday

    Communities along the Thames, particularly in Berkshire and Surrey, are being warned to expect further severe property flooding from the River Thames today (Monday) and into Tuesday. The Environment Agency has issued 14 severe flood warnings along the River Thames from Datchet to Shepperton Green, including Ham Court and Chertsey, as river levels in the area are extremely high and are forecast to ...

  • Major French authority adopts InfoWorks ICM for critical river flood modeling

    Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that Etablissement Public d'Aménagement de la Meuse et de ses Affluents (EPAMA) has adopted industry-leading InfoWorks ICM (Integrated Catchment Modeling) ...


    By Innovyze

  • Communities along the River Thames and in Somerset warned to expect more flooding as river levels continue to rise

    Environment Agency teams are out in force day and night to minimise the impact of flooding. Further disruption from flooding Groundwater flooding is also expected in the coming days in Hampshire, Kent and parts of London. Local authorities will work with utility companies to respond to these incidents. Further periods of heavy rain are expected mainly to affect the south ...

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