The main objective of this project is to support the development of an integrated framework for flood risk management from operational to strategic planning time horisons. Our ambition for the project is to support:
·An integrated, European methodology for flood risk analysis and management.
·The development of a consistent approach to the analysis and management of the whole flooding system, comprising the natural hazard, the socio-economic vulnerability and the natural ecological and human cultural values.
·Consistency across flooding sources from rivers, estuaries and the sea (not including urban drainage or groundwater at this stage, since this is not specific to this particular EC call and these issues are covered by other research initiatives).
·Practical guidance on the framework to support integrated flood risk management:
- Sustainable pre-flood measures (infrastructure provision, planning and vulnerability reduction)
- Flood event management (early warning, evacuation and emergency response)
- Post event activities (review and regeneration)
·Integration with and advancement from other EC and national research.
Key Customer Purpose;
This project will produce improved understanding of specific flood processes, mechanisms and methodologies for flood risk analysis and management. It includes specific actions on the hazards of coastal extremes, coastal morphodynamics and flash flood forecasting, as well as the understanding of social vulnerability and flood impacts which are critical to improving the mitigation of flood risk from all causes. The project seeks to identify technologies and strategies for sustainable flood mitigation and defence, recognising the complex interaction between natural bio-physical systems and socio-economic systems, to support spatial and policy planning in the context of global change and societal advance. Several pilot studies are included which will identify lessons from recent floods and test the proposed operational use of methods on integrated risk mangement and sustainable flood defence or new technology for flash flood florecasting (in France and Italy). Floodsite will also develop common language, guidance and tools for dissemination of the projecct results and professional training packages and will build upon the previous and current EU and national research and practice in river and coastal flood processes and
flood risk mitigation methods to promote consistency of approach.