Science of Flooding Explained at Briefing at Lancaster University

At the beginning of January, Lancaster University’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology hosted a briefing on the science of flooding, presenting journalists and interested stakeholders to question flood science experts. The Centre of Ecology & Hydrology is one of the largest hydrological research centres in the UK, with broad experience in the area of flood research.
Several interesting conclusions were drawn at the end of the day. Of these, the most notable are listed below.
- Heavy rainfall and snow are the drivers of flooding;
- Even though a flooding incident may seem unparalleled in scale, another bigger flood will always occur somewhere, sometime, but it cannot be known when exactly;
- Realistically, there is nothing that can be done to prevent flooding everywhere at all times;
- All floods are unique and have different characteristics due to the nature of the land surface on which it occurs;
- The severity of a flood depends upon the peak of the flow, the duration of the flow, duration of the rainfall, flood management infrastructure, and various random factors;
- There are many measures that can be taken to reduce flood impact, but none of them will work to the same extent in all flooding incidents.
Further information about this briefing is available by following this link: