WEBINAR - Flood Risk Modelling and Management

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Date: Wednesday 28th March 2018 Time: 08.00 - 09.00

Venue: Online

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In recent years there has been an increasing global awareness of the impact of climate change on flooding intensity, particularly with regard to increased rainfall intensity, higher peak river flows and increasing sea level rise.

Flood events, particularly in steep river basins, can cause: loss of life in extreme circumstances, significant damage to property, and increased hazard risk due to vehicles floating and people losing their stability in floodwaters.

One such event occurred in the village of Boscastle in 2004, where over 100 vehicles floated and moved due to an extreme flood event, with vehicles blocking the main village bridge and significantly increasing the upstream extent and impact of the flood.

In this webinar, Professor Roger Falconer will set out some of the key challenges associated with modelling and managing floods, particularly for steep river basins, and focusing on:

  • The key challenges of accurately modelling peak flood elevations and inundation extents, particularly for extreme event;
  • The opportunities for planning the design of urban cities etc. using novel approaches to modelling buildings;
  • The use of, and the need for, a sound understanding of the appropriateness of various property flood protection products and resilient flood solutions for different river basin characteristics; 
  • The development and application of new formulae for the movement of vehicles and the stability of adults and children in flood events.


Roger FalconerProfessor Roger A. Falconer FREng
Professor of Water Management, Hydro-environmental Research Centre, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

Roger Falconer is Professor of Water Management (part-time) and Founding Director (1997-14) of the Hydro-environmental Research Centre, in the School of Engineering, at Cardiff University and is also an Independent Water Consultant. He was previously Professor of Water Engineering and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bradford. He manages a range of research contracts on hydro-environmental modelling and his models have been used in over 100 Environmental Impact Assessment studies worldwide and provide the engine for the commercial 2-D model Flood Modeller Pro. He has published over 400 papers in journals and conference proceedings and has given over 500 presentations on flooding, renewable energy and water security to a range of societies and universities worldwide.

Roger is a Fellow of: the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), the Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng), and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CEnv, C.WEM). He is an Honorary Member and Past President (2011-15) of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) and currently Vice President of the International Association for Coastal Reservoir Research. He has received many awards for his work relating to flooding, including: the RAEng Silver Medal (1997) and the IAHR Ippen Award (1991). He consults regularly on major UK and international flooding projects and was a member of: the UK Government’s National Flood Resilience Scientific Advisory Group and Natural Resources Wales’ Flood Risk Management Wales Committee. 

Each CABE webinar counts for 1 hour CPD.

Note: All information and opinions expressed in this webinar are deemed to be correct at the time of broadcast. In addition, some of the views expressed in a broadcast may not align with those of CABE.



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