Flood risk management


Our research addresses flood management issues in coastal and urban areas. 


Risk Assessment of Masonry Bridges Under Flood Conditions: Hydrodynamic Effects of Debris Blockage and Scour

Risk of flooding from underground water and waste water infrastructure (CADDIES)

The ADMS/CADDIES methodology helps mitigate the threat of flooding to people, their property and infrastructure by providing fast and accurate data for decision makers. These significant enhancements over current technologies provide accurate information to water companies allowing them to make better investment and operational decisions. By improving the intelligence about flooding risks both quickly and accurately, the result will be better management of natural water resources and an enhanced ability to mitigate flooding impacts on society and the environment. At a time of increased pressures from severe flooding due to factors like climate change these new technologies provide water companies with leading edge tools for understanding and managing flood risks and impacts.

Flood impact assessment in mega cities under urban sprawl and climate change (2015-2017)

The project is supported by Global Innovation Initiative award of the Grant by the British Council and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Flooding From Intense Rainfall (FFIR) (2012-2017)

CWS is participating the FFIR funded by NERC that aims to reduce the risks of damage and loss of life caused by surface water and flash floods through improved identification, characterisation and prediction of interacting meteorological, hydrological and hydro-morphological processes that contribute to flooding associated with high-intensity rainfall events.

Flooding affects millions of people each year, our research aims to address key issues in flood science and engineering.

Collaborative research on flood resilience in urban areas (CORFU) (2010 - 2014)

The overall aim of CORFU is to enable European and Asian partners to learn from each other through joint investigation, development, implementation and dissemination of short to medium term strategies that will enable more scientifically sound management of the consequences of urban flooding in the future

RAPIDS: RAdar Pluvial flooding Identification for Drainage System (2010 - 2014)

RAPIDS: is a project to develop and demonstrate a tool to deliver rapid forecasting of urban flooding from manholes and other sewerage nodes. The project focuses on utilising machine-learning modelling tools that can also deliver acceptable levels of accuracy. Simple transferability has been demonstrated through the UKWIR RTM project, together with a number of industrial partners, in which 3-case study cities were modelled and results assessed.

Bacti: Early Warning System for Prediction of Bacterial Concentration Exceedance in Tidal Waters (2012 - 2013)

Bacti: is a project to develop a tool (or suite of complementary tools) to deliver rapid forecasting of bacterial concentration exceedance in tidal waters where these arise as a result of trigger events such as rainfall, wind direction, Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) operation, etc. It aims to facilitate meeting the requirements of European Commission Revised Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC)(rBWD). The project focuses on utilising machine-learning modelling tools that can also deliver acceptable levels of accuracy. We also consider simple transferability so that it can be utilised widely at different bathing waters and shellfish waters.

Cellular Automata Dual-DraInagE Simulation (CADDIES) (2010 - 2013)

The main aim of the CADDIES project is to produce better algorithms for handling dual drainage flood modelling, i.e where the urban surface flow (major system) is combined with the sewer flow (minor system)

Flood risk management research consortium 2 - FRMRC2 (2008-2011)

Has been formulated to address key issues in flood science and engineering and the portfolio of research includes the short-term delivery of tools and techniques to support more accurate flood forecasting and warning, improvements to flood management infrastructure and reduction of flood risk to people, property and the environment. A particular feature of the 2nd phase is the concerted effort to focus on coastal and urban flooding.

Flood risk management research consortium - FRMRC (2005-2007)

The Flood Risk Management Research Consortium(FRMRC)isan interdisciplinary group investigating the prediction, prevention and mitigation of flooding.

RESilience to cope with Climate Change in Urban arEas (RESCCUE)

This EU funded project aims to deliver a framework enabling city resilience assessment and will use three European case study cities.

Water distribution system management

The Serious Gaming approach offers potentially transformative capabilities to strategic decision-support tools to provide better management of complex infrastructure systems compared to purely technical simulation or optimisation methods that have difficulty in capturing the socio-technical challenges of complex systems.

EU-CIRCLE (A pan-European framework for strengthening critical infrastructure resilience) (2015-2018)

CWS is participating the EU H2020 EU-CIRCLE project to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure (CI) network(s) to cope with the future changing climate.