Recent years have seen the introduction of a range of landscape interventions to help mitigate the level of flood risk upstream of flood-affected communities by emulating natural phenomena – so called Natural Flood Management (NFM). The strength of evidence for the effectiveness of each type of intervention or group of interventions in the landscape often remains incomplete or debated. With this meeting the British Hydrological Society seeks to present some key findings from the previous and ongoing science, and highlight where further research is needed. We encourage participation by researchers, including early career scientists, and those interested in which types of NFM intervention may be most effective at their localities given the uncertainties and risks. We encourage open de bate and informal discussions throughout.
09:00-09:30 Badge collection etc.
09:30-10:30 Short presentations on posters
10:30-11:00 Coffee break / poster session
11:00-11:30 Lydia Burgess-Gamble (Environment Agency) Working with nature to reduce flood risk – what’s stopping us?
11:30-12:00 Martin Evans (University of Manchester) Optimising NFM benefits from peatland restoration
11:30-12:00 Simon Dadson (University of Oxford) A restatement of the scientific evidence for natural flood risk management in the UK
12:30-13:30 Lunch break / poster session
13:30-14:00 Jo Clarke (Reading University) Title to be confirmed
14:00-14:30 Trev Page and Nick Chappell (Lancaster University) Forgotten heroes : interception and infiltration
15:30-15:00 Tea break / poster session
15:00-15:30 Megan Klaar (University of Leeds) Community-led data collection to address the NFM evidence gap - a Yorkshire case study
17:30-16:00 Keith Beven (Lancaster University)Assessing the impacts of NFM: A real opportunity for improving hydrological modelling practice
16:00-16:30+ NFM demonstrations
16:30-18:00 Guestroom check-in (for those opting to stay)
18:00-19:30 Group meal (for those opting to stay for field-visit)
Posters and field day (25th April 2019)
All attendees have the option to bring a poster (up to A1 portrait/landscape size) on your NFM research or implementation, and we will make time for others to see and discuss your work (including via an optional 5-min oral presentation at the start of the day). The keynote presentations will be from 11am to 4pm, but there will be activities from 9am, for those able to join earlier. For those registering to attend the BHS meeting on Wed 24th April 2019, there will be an option to join a free field day in Cumbria on the following day (transport provided) to continue your discussions while looking at flood-affected sites with NFM interventions and/or monitoring.
Who should attend?
Researchers, practitioners in government or private sector, flood action groups, environmental organisations and farmers implementing NFM, are all most welcome to attend. The meeting charge (covering venue hire, lunch, refreshments and parking) has been kept small to encourage inclusion of all groups/individuals. This is possible because of additional support from the UKRI Natural Environment Research Council’s national NFM research programme.
If you would like to attend, please click the following link: Register/pay for your attendance at the BHS NFM meeting on 24th April 2019 before 10th April 2019. You will be asked to login to the official Lancaster University secure online payment system, and then asked to provide some basic information (e.g., dietary requirements, poster title if you would like poster-board space, the option of joining the field-day on 25th etc.), before making the payment. The online-only payment is £30, unless you are a British Hydrological Society member or university/college student where the payment is £20. For those who wish to stay for the field day, you may like to stay in a guest room on the Lancaster University campus: Please click this link to book/pay for a guest room.
Nick Chappell, Lancaster University and British Hydrological Society (Dr Nick A Chappell)