Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network (FCERM.net) 2016 Annual Assembly Liveblog

Today I am at theFlood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network (FCERM.net) 2016 Annual Assembly in Newcastle. The event brings together a really wide range of stakeholders engaged in flood risk management. I’m here to talk about crowd sourcing and citizen science, with both COBWEB and University of Edinburgh CSCS Network member hats on, as the event is focusing on future approaches to managing flood risk and of course citizen science offers some really interesting potential here. 

I’m going to be liveblogging today but as the core flooding focus of the day is not my usual subject area I particularly welcome any corrections, additions, etc. 

The first section of the day is set up as: Future-Thinking in Flood Risk Management:

Welcome by Prof Garry Pender

Prof Hayley Fowler, Professor of Climate Change Impacts, Newcastle University – An Uncertain Future: Climate, Weather and Flooding

Phil Younge, Environment Agency – The Future of Flood Risk Management

The next section of the day looks at: Research into Practice – Lessons from Industry:

David Wilkes – Global Flood Resilience, Arup – Engineering Future Cities, Blue-Green Infrastructure

Stephen Garvin, Director Global Resilience Centre, BRE – Adapting to change – multiple events and FRM

Jaap Flikweert – Flood and Coastal Management Advisor, Royal HaskoningDHV – Resilience and adaptation: coastal management for the future

Sharing Best Practice – Just 2-minutes – Mini presentations from delegates sharing output, experience and best practice

I will be taking some notes in this session, but I am also presenting a 2 minute session from my COBWEB colleague Barry Evans (Aberystwyth University), on our co-design work and research associated with our collaboration with the Tal-y-bont Floodees in Mid-Wales.

At this point in the day we move to the Parallel Breakout sessions on Tools for the Future. I am leading Workshop 1 on crowd sourcing so won’t be blogging them, but include their titles here for reference:

  • Workshop 1 – Crowd-Sourcing Data and Citizen Science An exploration of tools used to source environmental data from the public led by Nicola Osborne CSCS Network with case studies from SEPA
  • Workshop 2 – Multi-event modelling for resilience in urban planning An introduction to tools for simulating multiple storm events with consideration of the impacts on planning in urban environments with case studies from BRE and Scottish Government
  • Workshop 3 – Building Resilient Communities Best-practice guidance on engaging with communities to build resilience, led by Dr Esther Carmen with case studies from the SESAME project

We finish the day with a session on Filling the Gaps– Future Projects:

Breakout time for discussion around future needs and projects

Feedback from groups 

Final Thoughts from FCERM.net – Prof. Garry Pender 


Water, water everywhere!

There has been a lot of water these past few weeks, causing destruction and disruption. Let’s hope that the heavy rain soon abates so that the water levels lower.  In the meantime, here are some flood, water and rain-themed serial titles found in SUNCAT.

  • Directory of flood officials.
  • Flood and Field.
  • Box of rain.
  • Dry rain.
  • Sweet falling rain.
  • Rain-Belt farmer.
  • Through the wind & rain : a Liverpool fanzine.
  • Rainmakers & potstirrers.
  • Rainy day corner.
  • Unscheduled events.
  • Natural hazards.
  • Burning water.
  • Proceedings / International Symposium on Urban Storm Runoff.
  • Water flying.
  • The Water plot.
  • Water on stone.
  • Water wings for success.
  • Snow goer’s water goer.
  • Weeping Water splash.
  • Water in the news.
  • The Shallow water sailor.
  • Water lifting devices.
  • Water scooter business.
  • More water under the bridge.
  • Hot water jet skier magazine.
  • Watershapes.
  • Kingston’s residents and tourists guide with maps to what’s doing in Cornwall, fine or wet with high and low water tide tables.

For more rain, water and flooding titles, as well as other weird and wonderful serials take a look at the new-look SUNCAT.