Climate experts involved in the UK Climate Resilience Programme have published guidance to help water and sewerage companies and flood risk management authorities to prepare for future increases in rainfall intensities from global warming. Published...
Date: 21 July, 12-1pm BST
Speaker: Dr James Cooper (University of Liverpool)
Climate change is projected to cause an increase in flooding and extreme erosion as a result of a rise in the frequency and severity of storms. Whilst major advances have been made in flood forecasting, no such major advance has occurred for erosion hazards in river catchments. There has been no attempt to: (1) quantity the uncertainty in the risk posed by these hazards; (2) assess the impact of erosion hazards on critical infrastructure; or (3) evaluate the vulnerability and resilience of these assets to differing storm regimes. Consequently, decision makers currently face questions about mitigation strategies that are very difficult to answer: (1) where to act to make an asset more resilient; and (2) when action is required: now or can investment be postponed?
This presentation will show how we have provided answers to these questions through the development of a state-of-the-art modelling framework and a suite of software tools for the probabilistic assessment, communication and mitigation of erosion risk. Two case studies will be presented, showcasing the forecasting of erosion hazards and economic damage to a range of critical infrastructure, including roads, bridges, agricultural land, buildings and electricity transmission towers.
Dr James Cooper (School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool) is a geographer with research interests in the impact of extreme storms on erosion, runoff and flooding in fluvial, hillslope and estuarine systems. His research develops new modelling and monitoring techniques to better understand and forecast these impacts.
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Last updated July 2021
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A UK Climate Resilience Programme lunchtime webinar series in which both researchers and stakeholders participate. The webinars showcase projects conducted for UKRI and by the Met Office for the SPF UK Climate Resilience Programme and...
Erosion hazards and economic damage to critical infrastructure in river catchments: Impact of a warming climate
UK Climate Resilience Programme Webinar Series 2021 Date: 21 July, 12-1pm BST Speaker: Dr James Cooper (University of Liverpool) Chair: TBC Register for the webinar Abstract Climate change is projected to cause an increase in...