INTERREG FLOOD1 project - UK End Users Meeting
University of Brighton - 23rd May 2007
Lecture Theatre 1 (LT1), Cockcroft Building, Moulsecoomb Campus, Brighton
The EU Interreg III funded FLOOD1 project has been designed to achieve an improved understanding of groundwater induced flooding events within the Brighton, East Sussex and Somme areas respectively which are typical of many Chalk catchments. In one recent winter alone, damage costing more than £1 million in the Brighton area and tens of millions of Euros in the Somme basin was incurred. Existing flood forecasting tools are inadequate because they do not take into account groundwater-induced flooding processes which this project seeks to address. The project outcomes will allow improved flood prediction, control and alleviation, leading to more informed development planning and significant reduction of costs to the local communities.
The project will accomplish these aims by ;
- developing a better understanding of the hydraulic behaviour of water flow in the unsaturated zone which leads to triggering of groundwater flood events
- developing unsaturated zone monitoring techniques to reduce cost and environmental impact, and to improve areal representation of the data
- producing more appropriate methodologies and tools for forecasting groundwater flood events capable of operating within a much longer timescale than is currently possible (i.e. days and weeks rather than hours).
On completion of the project we hope to have contributed to an improved early warning system that could be used by organisations such as the Environment Agency and the increased knowledge of the Chalk that has been gained will benefit the wider "user" community.
Details of the Meeting
On 23rd May 2007 an endusers meeting was held at the Univeristy of Brighton to present preliminary findings and to provide an opportunity for input to the project from a wider community regarding issues of dissemination and presentation. Minutes of this meeting and PDF files of presentatiosn given are available from this page.