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  • 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, ...

  • Recent WIT Press title - Flood Risk Assessment & Management

    WIT Press Flood Risk Assessment & Management  Editors: S. Mambretti, Politecnico Di Milano, ...


    By WIT Press

  • ISIS FAST flood assessment model

    Halcrow is to release ISIS FAST in April 2011. Since showcasing this solution at the Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM10) conference in Telford, UK, and at the ISIS User Conference, ISIS FAST is a new rapid inundation model designed and developed by Halcrow to allow quick assessment of flooding using simplified hydraulics. ISIS FAST provides results up to 1,000 times faster than ...

  • Environment: Directive on flood risk management comes into force

    Reducing the risks and adverse consequences of floods in the European Union is the aim of the new directive on flood risk management coming into force today. The directive requires flood risk management to be negotiated across national borders and contains important commitments to increase transparency and involve citizens. Member States are now obliged to identify river basins and associated ...

  • Floods in West Africa raise major health risks

    Rising flood waters across West Africa are intensifying health risks for millions of people, and adding to the impact of the food price crisis. International aid is needed as heavy rains forecast to last until September could exacerbate health threats for conditions including malaria, diarrhoea and other potentially fatal communicable diseases. 'West Africa's annual floods bring with them not ...

  • European-wide Flood Risk Mapping Services

    Intermap Technologies and JBA Consulting have announced a strategic collaboration to provide detailed flood mapping services for clients across Continental Europe. The provision of Intermap"s NEXTMap Europe digital elevation map data, along with the digital elevation models Intermap produced for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative, will allow JBA"s risk management ...

  • Flood risk in Europe: the long-term outlook

    Floods in Central Europe have caused deaths and widespread property damage across parts of the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. Such events are likely to increase in Europe for several reasons including climate change, according to recent assessments from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Floods, storms and other hydro-meteorological events account for around two thirds of the ...

  • Managing the twin risks of flooding and erosion in coastal areas

    Coastal areas are naturally at risk from erosion and flooding, but this risk is increased by the effects of climate change. A recent study has examined choices for regulators and coastline managers and suggests that successful management in high risk areas needs a fully integrated approach involving all stakeholders. Managing the interactions between the natural environment and socio-economic ...

  • Dutch experts assess flood risk reduction options for devastated Tacloban city, the Philippines

    On invitation of the Philippine government, the Dutch Risk Reduction (DRR)-team visited Manilla and Tacloban early July to assess the possibilities to protect the coastline in and around Tacloban by creating hard engineering works, planting mangrove trees and reclaiming land. The coordinator of Wetlands International in Philippines was part of this team. News from ...


    By Wetlands International

  • 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 ...

  • New data on soil erosion by water reveals Mediterranean at highest flood risk

    Rainfall is one of the principle causes of soil erosion. It breaks apart soil, dislodges it from its surroundings, and washes it away as runoff. These mechanisms have an effect on how much water the soil may hold, how fast water flows over the soil, and even on the soil depth. In a much broader sense soil erosion can negatively affect vegetation growth and yields, as well as water quality, and ...

  • 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 ...

  • New assessment shows risks of no action on climate change

    The results of a major new scientific assessment of climate change has been published today, highlighting the effects the world could face if global temperature changes are not limited to two degrees. The assessment commissioned by Chris Huhne, the UK’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and lead by the Met Office Hadley Centre studied 24 different countries, from developed ...

  • Innovyze introduces InfoWorks ICM RiskMaster extension for Economic Evaluation of Flood Risks

    Pushing the limits of smart water network innovation, Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the release of InfoWorks ICM RiskMaster. The revolutionary risk-based analysis extension enables ...


    By Innovyze

  • UK Environment Agency encourages local authorities to implement flood risk role

    Following the Government’s response today to Sir Michael Pitt’s review of the summer 2007 floods, the Environment Agency is encouraging all local authorities in England to begin implementing their future role in managing local flood risk. The Environment Agency has already made good progress in taking on its new strategic overview role for all types of flooding in England, ahead of securing ...

  • 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 ...

  • Go with the flow in flood prediction

    Floods have once again wreaked havoc across the country and climate scientists and meteorologists suggest that the problem is only going to get worse with wetter winters and rivers bursting their banks becoming the norm. A team based at Newcastle University and their colleagues in China have developed a computer model that can work ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Impact of flood mitigation works

    InfoWorks RS is suited to determining the impact of flood mitigation works on the development of flood maps, an issue that arises more and more frequently as governments around the world seek solutions to unprecedented levels of flooding. Key to this is the software\'s ability to model open channels, floodplains, embankments and hydraulic structures, as well as its full flood-mapping capability, ...

  • Modelling aids brisbane flood response

    AAM’s 3D Flood Simulation of Brisbane, Australia, was used extensively by Australian and Global media during the recent flood crisis in Brisbane. The flood level simulations were produced interactively in 3D. This was a very effective way of communicating the impact of the flood on buildings and infrastructure and it provided a valuable tool in assessing the potential risk for the city in ...

  • 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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