UK flood hydrology: 40 years after the Flood Studies Report, Wallingford

22 November, 2016 | 10:00 - 17:00

Heavy flooding turned the town of Upton-upon-Severn into an island in Worcestershire.
Heavy flooding turned the town of Upton-upon-Severn into an island in Worcestershire.

About this event

The Flood Studies Report of 1975 has had a profound influence on hydrological practice in the UK, Ireland and further afield. Some of its methods are still applied, particularly in reservoir flood estimation, while elements of others survive in the contemporary approaches of the Flood Estimation Handbook and its subsequent updates such as the ReFH2 rainfall-runoff model.

The meeting will seek to answer questions such as:

  • What messages should today's practising hydrologists learn from the FSR?
  • What have been the major advances since the FSR and what challenges still exist?
  • What innovative or unusual applications of FSR and FEH methods have emerged?
  • How can the flood management sector promote good hydrological practice in an era of reduced budgets combined with greater public scrutiny?
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