4th Meeting of the 181st Session (2001-2002)
In the Wolfson Suite, Ground
Edinburgh University Library,
George Square, Edinburgh
On Monday 11th February 2002, at 7 pm
The prospect of serious flooding in Britain is once again very much in the news. This follows a spate of serious floods in 2000 and over the last decade the impact of flooding is perceived to be widespread. Historically however, flooding has been regularly occurring and extreme flooding has many recorded events with catastrophic results. A major problem with flooding is that it occurs over a short period of time and invariably the conditions give way to better seasons. Winter gives way to Spring and the problem of flooding tends to take a lower priority than day-to-day issues such as health and education. Correspondingly flood risk management experiences an expenditure cycle as shown below.
Source: "Learning to Live with Rivers", ICE Presidential Commission to Review the Technical Aspects of Flood Risk Management in England and Wales, Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA. http://www.icenet.org.uk/presidential.html
A major concern is the perception that global climate change is going to make flooding worse in the future and that we should do something about it. Hence, the Deputy Prime Minister's "wake-up call". This lecture reviews the historical methods of flood risk assessment and points to the future approach to flood risk management.
Professor Fleming has very kindly allowed us to make public his slides used in this talk (2.9Mbytes PowerPoint file).
The President, Dr Allen D C Simpson, will be in the Chair
Members of the Public are welcome to attend
Graham Rule, Secretary
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