Using climate change projections in UK flood risk assessment, London

5 June, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:30

Using climate change projections in UK flood risk assessment, London

About this event

At this evening lecture Ashley Woods will present his award-winning paper on the impact of climate change on flood risk in the UK.

The lecture will:

  • Outline a novel approach to the integration of detailed climate and land-use change data within current flood estimation and modelling frameworks prescribed by the UK planning process for new developments
  • Present the results from the River Cam at Hinxto and compare the current application of climate change predictions to future flood risk assessment  to the Fut-Low scenario developed
  • Demonstrate how current estimates may significantly underestimate the magnitude of a 1-in-100 year flooding event
  • Address the spatial complexity of climate change impacts across the UK and the growing disparity between winter and summer rainfall. 


18:00 Registration and refreshments
18:30 Welcome from the Chair
18:35 Main lecture
19:15 Questions and answers session 
19:35 Summation from the Chair
19:40 Drinks Reception
20:30 Close

Do you have any questions for the speaker?
Share them in advance using our Twitter handle @ICE_engineers and the hashtag #climatechange. We will forward the questions to the speaker to address during the Q&A session. 

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


Ashley Woods, Senior Environmental Advisor, APM Terminals

John Beswick

Ashley is the Senior Environmental Advisor within the Safety, Environment and Performance Management team at APM Terminals; a leading global port, cargo and inland services provider within the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. Here Ashley is developing a new global Environmental strategy for APM Terminals. Previously Ashley worked as an Environmental and Social Advisor within BP's major projects and operations functions where he focussed significant time on issues surrounding water management and waste water discharges. Prior to that Ashley was a Sustainability Engineer for AECOM where he supported the integration of water sensitive urban design to urban masterplans. Ashley started his professional career as an Environmental Consultant and Soils and Geology Team Lead for Haycock Associates where he supported and led projects on flood risk and water resource management issues. Ashley has an Undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences and a Masters Degree in Geography from the University of Durham, and a Master Degree in Urban Sustainability and Resilience from the Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering department of University College London. Ashley is a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.


Prof Simon Tait PhD BSc(Eng), Professor of Water Engineering, The University of Sheffield 

John Beswick
Simon's primary research focus is on the processes associated with erosion, transportation and deposition of sediment in river and urban drainage systems, with a strong emphasis on fundamental flow and grain processes. Linked to this theme is his work in turbulence and free surface wave dynamics associated with flows over rough, water worked sediment deposits. His more applied research interests are in applying and developing improved measurement, control and management methodologies to allow urban drainage infrastructure systems to cope better with pressures caused by climate change, changing patterns of use and physical deterioration. He currently sits on CIWEM's Urban Drainage Group Committee and manages the UKCRIC: National Water Infrastructure Facility for Distributed Water Infrastructure.