With climate change increasing the risk of flooding, and with more buildings within flood plains, there’s a greater likelihood of costly damages aroud the globe. Flooding places enormous pressures on national economies, cities, communities and individuals. The short-term impacts may include many hundreds of casualties, displaced people, serious health problems and huge damage to property and infrastructure. Recovery and rebuilding in the affected areas can take years.
The methodology is being used to predict the impact of future flooding, including health impacts of pollution caused by combined sewer overflows. Information on land-use from urban growth projections is coupled with hydraulic modelling results to assess the effectiveness of different strategies for future flood scenarios.
Two hundred experts from nearly forty countries will gather at the University of Exeter from the 5 – 7 September 2013 to discuss the latest advances in flood management plans and flood resilience measures. Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter, will give the opening address at the conference which will be followed by a keynote lecture by the Taiwan Minister of the Interior, Professor Hong-Yuan Lee, who will speak about Taiwan’s experience of the governance of climate change and aggravated natural disasters. Other keynote talks during the week will include discussions on responses to major flooding in Thailand, flood insurance in Germany, resilient technologies and research highlights from the CORFU project.
The conference is a key dissemination event of the European Seventh Framework Programme project CORFU (Collaborative Research on Flood Resilience in Urban Areas (www.corfu7.eu) coordinated by the Centre for Water Systems, which is dedicated to researching and improving urban flood resilience from both European and Asian perspectives.