The Science of Floods : Report from the workshops

Posted: 24.05.16

Pennine Prospects invited hydrologists, practitioners and experts from universities and the world of consultancy to inform the discussion around catchments and flooding. How do catchments respond in flood events ? What happens in an extreme event ? How can modelling help predict future events ? What is Natural Flood Management ? How can information collected by residents help improve predicting future events ?

Many thanks to: the JBA Trust ( for their assistance and demonstration of their flume; Calderdale Sustainability Forum, Treesponsibility and Calder & Colne Rivers Trust.

Note: The views expressed are those of the speakers rather than those of Pennine Prospects or the funders.

Dr Nick Odoni has captured the day in a number of recordings – but you will need to download them within seven days click here.

Here is the latest update from the Environment Agency Download ‘EA update May 2016’

• Managing risk in an age of extremes: Professor Onno Bokhove, University of Leeds.
Download ‘Onno’s presentation’

• The Natural Flood Management Approach : Steve Rose, JBA Consulting.
Download ‘Steve’s presentation’

• Case study ‘Slowing the Flow’ Pickering: Dr Nick Odoni, University of Durham .
Download ‘Nick’s presentation’
Mike Potter, Pickering and District Civic Society
Download ‘Mike’s presentation’

• Moorland restoration and ‘making space for water’ : Dr Jonathan Walker , Moors for the Future.
Download ‘Moors for the Future presentation’

• Integrated catchment management and partnership working : Mike Norbury, Honorary Associate Researcher
Download ‘Mike’s presentation’

• Local solutions : Stuart Bradshaw, Geotechnical Engineer
Download our ‘Stuart’s presentation’

Stuart Bradshaw has set up the Calder Catchment Flood Studies Network

The Core Objectives of the network are:-

•To identify suitable sites on the Calder catchment that would benefit from intervention with a view to slowing the flow and hence reducing flood risk downstream.
•To investigate property locations on the higher catchment that have been affected by flood, attempt to understand the cause with a view to proposing possible intervention solutions.
•To attempt to quantify by either calculation or by experimental means the perceived benefits of any intervention measures for each potential site identified at 1) and 2) above.
•To cost intervention solutions at chosen sites to develop cost/benefit ratio against the cost of repairing real or perceived damage caused by flooding.
•To investigate via effective flood modelling the effects of piecemeal interventions to determine their effects to ensure that they do not increase flood risk at the catchment scale.
•To apply for funding to implement intervention measures at selected sites.
•To promote the ethos of Natural Flood Management and Slowing the Flow and their roles within the catchment with the public at large.
•To lobby government departments, public bodies, landowners and other interested parties to bolster support for Natural Flood Management adopting an evidence based approach.
•To garner support from landowners and stakeholders with a view to obtaining permissions to undertake interventions.
•To assist The Source Partnership with technical aspects of NFM.

Further details :

Stuart Bradshaw: or
Judi Chrysanthou:

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