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We are currently in a flood rich period in the UK and traditionally attention is focussed on direct protection to communities at risk. More recently it has been realised that opportunities to ameliorate flood impact also exist outside of at-risk towns and cities.
These forms of Natural Flood Management have received considerable attention of late and this talk will review the recent approaches to better managing our rivers and their floodplains to control flood peaks and importantly to restore the natural sediment balance in river systems that sees gravels stored in the catchments above flood risk areas rather than accumulating in urban flood relief schemes as it does at present.
We present data from several systems in the North of England where, through the reestablishment of natural river and floodplain processes, large volumes of sediment are now being locked up across floodplain areas reducing the flux of material heading downstream. We also discuss the added value that these types of schemes bring in terms of biodiversity gains and climate change mitigation through the rejuvenation of functional wetlands and consequent carbon capture.
The talk will outline the necessary qualifications for becoming a Fellow of ICE. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions at the end of the presentation.
ICE invites you to our online Knowledge Café. This event is designed for our regional and International members, as well as those who were unable to attend our first Knowledge Café event in London.
PHEW trip on the Union Canal from Linlithgow to The Falkirk Wheel, to mark the bicentenary of the opening of the Canal. The day trip will include several of the significant engineering structures on the canal.