Researchers at Newcastle University will lead a team to look at the most critical flood scenarios caused by sequences or clusters of extreme weather events striking vulnerable systems of flood defences, urban areas, communities and businesses. They will assess the risk of situations where a second flood may strike before coastal or river defences have been reinstated after damage, or householders and small businesses are in a vulnerable condition recovering from the first flood.
By examining such events and identifying the worst case scenarios, the researchers hope their findings will lead to enhanced flood resilience and better allocation of resources for protection and recovery. Ultimately the processes developed could be used worldwide.
Another project led by the University of Nottingham will put people, local authorities and businesses at the centre of their research using two-way communication to co-produce new strategies for managing flood risk. The goal is to manage urban flooding sustainably while enhancing urban life by adopting new technologies. Green urban spaces will be developed through new build, retrofit and urban renewal. This could lead to major transformations in the way cities are planned, developed and managed.
And a Durham University-led research team will develop cutting-edge computer modelling to look at how emergency planners, the emergency services, local authorities, businesses and other key players interact in the aftermath of a flood. The research will lead to the creation of the first unified framework which integrates and evaluates organisations' changed behaviours in the face of flood events and how these impact on business continuity management and future preparedness. The findings will go towards better planning and response in the future as well as mitigating economic losses.
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