Natural flood management, Cardiff

14 October, 2015 | 17:30 - 19:00

Find out the benefits of managing flood water naturally.
Find out the benefits of managing flood water naturally.

About this event

This talk offers examples of the multiple benefits of Natural Flood Management (NFM), and explains how they can be maximised through practical design.

The paper also explains the potential wider ecosystem services functions of NFM schemes, and how they may be more important to society than is appreciated at present. New tools to assist in the selection of measures and to appreciate flooding benefit will be introduced in the context of our most recent experiences on NFM projects including, river catchments in the north east of England, Llanbwchllyn SSSI in Wales, and the Leven catchment in Scotland.

Dr Alex Nicholson and Dr Candice Constantine, of Arup, will give the presentation.

This evening lecture is organised by CIWEM and co-badged with ICE Wales Cymru.

Event materials

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Dr Alex Nicholson

Alex is a Civil Engineer and Hydrologist in the sustainability and water team of Arup's Newcastle Office. His PhD investigated Natural Flood Management (NFM) in the small upland catchment of Belford, Northumberland.

The Belford Study is one of the only examples of monitored full-scale NFM and Alex possesses cutting edge knowledge in this field. He helped to design flood mitigation features as part of his research and has a strong background of flood risk management in the rural environment A key outcome from his PhD research was quantifying the impact for NFM features.

More recently, his work has been focused on developing industry-standard methods for quantifying the impacts of NFM at the larger scale. He has also developed methodologies for mapping and implementing NFM through experience gained from working in river catchments throughout the UK.

Dr Candice Constantine

Candice is a Civil Engineer and Geomorphologist with experience in the design and management of various projects to remediate, restore, manage and enhance river and coastal environments in the UK and western US. She has worked on a number of large flood alleviation schemes, from conception and option appraisal stages through to detailed design and construction.

In addition, her experience includes hydromorphological assessment (WFD), scour assessment and remediation, flood risk assessment, fish passes, weir removal and consenting of in-river works. Recently, she has been working with Natural Resources Wales and researchers at leading universities to improve our understanding of NFM. Candice is based in the water team of Arup's Cardiff Office.