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Natural Flood Processes for Flood Risk Management

This research project is available across the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). Each CASE award is fully funded and is not in competition with other projects. Find out more information about the DTP and how to apply.

Application deadline: 30 June 2018

Start date: 1 October 2018

Project aims and methods

The aim of this project is to develop a novel methodology to assess the effectiveness of Natural Flood Management (NFM) interventions, in particular woody debris dams, at subcatchment and catchment scales. The methodology is based on an integrated and complementary monitoring and modelling approach, which will lead to improved flood modelling software. The effectiveness will be tested using data from a new integrated field monitoring programme at a catchment in Shropshire (‘Shropshire Slowing the Flow’) and appropriate data from other NFM sites in England and Wales.

The project has three main objectives:

  • Objective 1. To understand the scale and location requirements for effective NFM interventions at subcatchment and catchment scale levels in new NFM sites (e.g. Corvedale).
  • Objective 2. To develop and validate a new NFM prediction methodology that accounts for the physical properties of the NFM intervention.
  • Objective 3. To develop a protocol for monitoring the effectiveness of woody debris dams at the NFM site

This project will involve both laboratory work and fieldwork and working closely with local authorities, the Shropshire Wildlife Trust as well as the Environment Agency.


Dr Catherine Wilson

Dr Catherine Wilson

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