Tuesday 18 Feb 2014Strategic Flood Resilience Planning for PR14

James Webber - CH2M

Harrison room 170 14:00-15:00

Strategic Flood Resilience Planning for PR14
Recent severe weather and wide spread disruption to infrastructure in the UK has emphasised the growing need to identify, analyse and manage the risks presented by low frequency, high magnitude weather events. In the UK the predominant risk from these events is flooding. This risk is projected to increase in the future as a result of climate change. Flooding is of particular significance in the UK Water Industry, where assets are often located alongside watercourses and as such may be vulnerable to extreme flood events.

In response to this CH2MHILL have developed a framework which can be applied to identify and manage the risks posed by flooding to water infrastructure. This presentation will outline this methodology and detail recent case studies where it has been applied.

About the speaker:
James Webber has a background in hydromorphology and water resources from a First Class BSc (Hons) Physical Geography from the University of Reading. Since graduation James has worked in the asset management and urban water planning departments at CH2M HILL, where he has been part of a team responsible for developing and applying strategic flood resilience assessments for water companies. As part of this team James has undertaken flood resilience planning studies for Yorkshire Water and Welsh Water’s asset bases, as well as developed resilience and reliability analysis tools to assess Bristol Water’s distribution systems.

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