Lancaster University takes a heading purpose in a £4.1M flooding investigate programme

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After a extinction of a 2007 floods, a UK Government’s “Pitt review” triggered initiatives designed to deliver “green”, or natural, inundate slackening measures upstream of a influenced communities, rather than relying usually on downstream engineering solutions.

In some areas a operation of inundate slackening measures harnessing “natural processes” – trimming from tree planting to changes in rural dirt government – have now been incorporated into a landscape and people are increasingly seeking either these facilities are working.

The River Cocker headwaters, Cumbria. Image credit: Dr Nick Chappell.

Although a series of commander studies are underway, tiny investigate has been undertaken to establish a broader scale impact of these measures for communities many miles downstream.

A group of Lancaster University scientists will lead one of 3 vital new NERC-funded projects designed to find answers to this doubt by endeavour vast scale mechanism modelling, upheld by fieldwork and stakeholder engagement.

Working with heading inundate risk consultancy, JBA Consulting, and a Rivers Trust, Lancaster will lead a £1.2 million review looking during healthy inundate slackening measures opposite vast catchments in Cumbria, many of that suffered harmful flooding during Storm Desmond in Dec 2015.

The investigate will cover several thousands of block kilometres of land in Cumbria including all a valleys contributing to a River Eden, a River Derwent and a River Kent. The researchers will also combine in investigations elsewhere in a UK.

The Lancaster University plan lead, Dr Nick Chappell of the Lancaster Environment Centre, said: “This is one of a many critical educational hurdles for hydrological scientists in new years. The usually approach to quantify a effects of many particular facilities during incomparable beam is to use mechanism models. But these models contingency also work during a internal level, providing formula for particular inundate slackening measures such as a singular plantation pool or a tiny area of tree planting.

“Researchers, environmental groups, a farmers regulating their land for interventions, and a communities during risk from flooding will need to have certainty in a initial and modelling results. Meeting this plea is a concentration of this investigate project.”

Source: Lancaster University

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