Fighting flooding Consortium aims to tackle the rising risks

03/25/04

A key initiative to combat the growing threat of flooding in the UK is launched today (Wednesday 7th April) at the Institution of Civil Engineers, London.

The Flood-Risk Management Research Consortium (FRMRC) aims to generate sound science and innovative measures to predict and manage the risk of flooding. These measures are urgently needed because factors such as changes in land use and climate are likely to increase the frequency and severity of flooding in the future. It has been estimated that over 2 million homes are already at risk from river, coastal or sewer flooding in the UK.

The launch of the consortium will be hosted by Elliott Morley MP, Minister for Environment & Agri-Environment, who will also deliver the keynote address. The event will include a Question Time session, where journalists and others attending will be able to ask those involved in the consortium about its aims and plans.

The Flood-Risk Management Research Consortium is a collaborative initiative between the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Defra/ Environment Agency Joint R&D Programme on Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Scottish Executive, and UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR). Together the partners will provide more than 5.5 million in funding to establish and support the work of the consortium over the next 4 years.

The consortium will carry out research in leading UK universities, consultancies and research institutes, in collaboration with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), water companies, the Welsh Assembly, the Met Office and other high-profile organisations. A key aim is to promote a multidisciplinary approach to meeting the research challenges that will be faced.

In the short term, results from the consortium will feed into a range of guidance and other tools to assist those involved in flood-risk management. In the long term, it will strengthen the UK's science and engineering base in flood research.

The launch event will provide a high-level forum for debate between those involved in undertaking, using and funding flood-related research in the UK. It will be attended by representatives from Government agencies, local authorities, industry, academia, the service sector and those affected by flooding.

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