School of Business and Economics


13 Feb 2015

What is flood risk? Emergency Management RIG seminar February 13th

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Emergency Management Research Interest Group seminar: What is flood 'risk'? How best should we spend money on reducing it?

Date:        Friday, 13th February 2015, at 11am - 12pm. Lunch provided
Venue:     BE2.47, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University
Speaker:  Prof Nigel Wright, Leeds University

Abstract: Our approach to flooding has changed in recent decades from one of “flood defence” to “flood risk management” and flood defence engineers have been replaced or have adapted into flood risk managers. This change will be discussed and examples from the winter flooding of 2013/14 will be used to highlight some of the major issues of flooding. Prof Nigel Wright will then examine how they assess flood risk consequences: most models predict velocity and depth, but decision-makers and the public are more interested in property damage, economic losses, financial costs and health impacts. Further we need to consider whether we should respond at a national, regional or local scale. This will be demonstrated through on-going research projects.

Biography: Prof Nigel Wright has over 30 year experience in modelling in the built and natural environment. Particular applications are inundation prediction, vulnerability assessment, river flows and low-head hydropower. Modelling techniques encompass Large Eddy Simulation, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, Godunov-based methods, parallel processing and model encapsulation. More recently Nigel's research has focused on river basin management and integrated water resources management and the wider physical, social and economic aspects of each of these with the Leeds Sustainability Research Institute. Prof wright has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He has been awarded and managed grants over £4 million from a wide variety of funding agencies. Along with co-authors in 2009 he was awarded the Harold Schoemaker Award of the IAHR for the best journal paper in the period 2007-9.

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