Friday 16 Mar 2018Flood Risk Management - Resilience and Adaptation for Infrastructure

Iain Blackwell - Jacobs

Harrison 170 14:30-15:30

Abstract: This presentation will consider different sources of flooding, the risk assessment process, and how this is used to prioritise measures to improve flood risk management. It will include reference to a number of examples that demonstrate the risks faced in different situations, and how these can be managed to improve infrastructure or community resilience.

Biography: Iain Blackwell is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Water & Environmental Manager with 25 years’ experience, covering flood risk management, water resources, and climate change adaptation and mitigation within the water environment sector. He has worked extensively for the Environment Agency from 2000 to 2011 and more recently with the Office of Public Works in Ireland on fluvial and coastal flood risk management (FRM) studies. More recently his work includes FRM associated with most forms of flooding, working with local public sector bodies across the UK covering strategic risk and vulnerability assessments at a regional or town level as well as developing local FRM and flood resilience solutions. He has also had significant involvement with major infrastructure developments at a strategic level including in the water, highways, airports and energy sectors to support the development of resilient infrastructure. He has been an active member of the EU’s Floods Directive Working Group since 2015, which draws together participants from all 28 EU Member States.

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