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[Jun 29] Flood and Coastal Risk Management Conference 2010
added on 11 01 2010 by Clare Black
The FCRM10 conference is aimed at contractors, consultants, local authorities, universities and colleges, and public bodies and Read more..

The FCRM10 conference is aimed at contractors, consultants, local authorities, universities and colleges, and public bodies and presents the latest science and policy of interest to the practitioner, and showcases examples of good practice in delivery and research. This call for papers offers 3 opportunities to present at this internationally important conference; Full Papers, Short Papers and Posters.

The conference runs over three days, with sessions organised under key themes allowing delegates unable to attend the whole event to pick a day that best suits their interests. These themes are:

Day one: Building and Maintaining Defences.
Day two: New Approaches to Risk Reduction, Event Management and Planning.
Day three: Communication.

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Government publishes second Pitt Review progress report
added on 18 12 2009 by Clare Black
Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has published the latest report on the progress the Government has made in implementing the recommendations of the Read more..

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has published the latest report on the progress the Government has made in implementing the recommendations of the Pitt Review on the 2007 floods.

The report shows continued and significant progress. The Flood and Water Management Bill, which will enable Pitt recommendations that require legislation to be implemented, has been introduced in the House of Commons. Since the last report in June 2009 other schemes have already been put in place providing protection to the public and properties:.

In August 2009 it was announced that local communities will benefit from funding of up to £16 million to help tackle the problem of surface water funding; A new £7.7million – Flood Forecasting Centre is now fully operational helping local authorities and emergency providers be better prepared for potential flooding; We have strengthened the arrangements for local and national coordination in the event of an emergency, as recently tested in Cumbria – for example through publishing updated Emergency Response and Recovery Guidance; We have issued guidance to regulators on protecting essential services; local actions include the reinforcement of defences at Mythe Water Treatment works in Gloucestershire and flood defences at the East and West Hull sewage pumping stations; We have delivered through the Environment Agency 106 flood defence schemes protecting over 63,800 extra homes; and 140,000 extra people have signed up to receive flood warnings in England and Wales. The report also sets out how the Government will complete the implementation of Sir Michael Pitt’s recommendations.Further reading.

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[Jan 27] IEMA Knowledge Exchange 2010
added on 16 12 2009 by Clare Black
Goals of the Exchange: To provide a platform where researches and practitioners can come together to generate knowledge and exchange ideas Practitioners Read more..

Goals of the Exchange:

  • To provide a platform where researches and practitioners can come together to generate knowledge and exchange ideas
  • Practitioners have the opportunity to hear and contribute to current research, gaining a strategic insight to push their own organisation forward
  • Build links between the research and practice communities, and form partnerships where appropriate
  • Provide researches with a platform to ‘practitioner proof’ their research
  • Collectively contribute to the development of the profession and research agendas

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[Feb 10] "Water resources assessment in a changing climate"
added on 14 12 2009 by Clare Black
Climate change will add to the challenge of balancing water supply and demand, particularly in the most water stressed locations in the UK. In their business Read more..

Climate change will add to the challenge of balancing water supply and demand, particularly in the most water stressed locations in the UK. In their business plans for PR09 water companies endeavoured to take the impacts of climate change into account using the best available evidence. However, because this analysis by water companies predated the UKCP09 scenarios, Ofwat has excluded some £1.5billion of climate change driven investment in water resources from the Final Determination, and has identified the issue as a Notified Item for affected companies.
Water companies now urgently need to use the UKCP09 scenarios to reassess their water resources. UKCP09 provides new information on uncertainties in climate projections, expressed as probability distributions. The UKCP09 scenarios are accompanied by a weather generator, which enables continuous simulation of rainfall series and correlated variables that are representative of future climates
Use of probabilistic scenarios and weather generators is a field where academic research is now well in advance of industry practice, and, having partnered the University of East Anglia in developing the CP09 weather generator, Newcastle University (Professor Chris Kilsby) has substantial expertise in this area. There is also considerable experience of addressing some of the more problematic issues associated with UKCP09, including spatially correlated scenarios, inter-annual variability and persistent droughts. Moreover, research on risk-based decision making has explored how probabilistic information on climate uncertainties can be incorporated in assessments alongside other sources of uncertainty. These are areas where the NERC Catchment Change Network can help to address the urgent challenges that the water industry now faces in incorporating UKCP09 in water resources assessment.
The Catchment Change Network workshop on “Water resources assessment in a changing climate” will demonstrate methods for use of the UKCP09 scenarios in water resources assessment and will explore mechanisms for urgently transferring this knowledge to water companies so that they can update their water resources assessments using the best available science. We see CCN as a real opportunity to improve the way in which change in catchment response is assessed in management practice and very much hope therefore that you will be able to make a contribution to this initiative.

I’d be grateful at this stage if you could you confirm your attendance for this event via email (r.alcock@lancaster.ac.uk).

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[Mar 24] Water quality standards or carbon reduction - is there a balance?
added on 14 12 2009 by Clare Black
Policy Overview Dr Arthur Thornton, Regulatory Compliance and Research, Water and Environment, Atkins Mireille Bogaart, Doctoral Read more..

Policy Overview

Dr Arthur Thornton, Regulatory Compliance and Research, Water and Environment, Atkins
Mireille Bogaart, Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Environmental Law, University of Amsterdam
Dr Mike Keil, Head of Climate Change Policy, OFWAT
Karen Simpson, Principal Consultant, and Martin Hall, Head of Strategic Consulting, Mouchel
Robert Cunningham, Head of Water Policy, RSPB
Dr Mark Williams, Environmental Regulation and Climate Change Manager, Scottish Water

Policy Implementation

Dr. Julian Wright, Policy Advisor for Climate Change, Environment Agency
John Martin, Waste Water Regulation Manager, and Frank Grimshaw, Economic Regulation Manager, Severn Trent Water
Stephen Bolt, Director of Environment and Sustainability, WYG
David Sivil, Consultant Engineer, WRc plc
Dr. Tony Warn, MBE, Policy Manager (Water Quality), Environment Agency
Chris Mooij, Director, Metoc

Case Studies

Chris Barker, Environmental Regulation Business Area Manager, and Adrian Johnson, Carbon Management Business Area Manager, MWH Global
Harry Tribe, Associate Director – Process Technology, ENTEC
Jane E. Madden, Vice President, CDM, USA
Sue Horsfall, Northumbrian Water
James Newton, Mott MacDonald
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