Susceptibility of catchments to INTense RAinfall and flooding (Project SINATRA)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Exeter
Department Name: Engineering Computer Science and Maths

Abstract

Project SINATRA responds to the NERC call for research on flooding from intense rainfall (FFIR) with a programme of focused research designed to advance general scientific understanding of the processes determining the probability, incidence, and impacts of FFIR.

Such extreme rainfall events may only last for a few hours at most, but can generate terrifying and destructive floods. Their impact can be affected by a wide range factors (or processes) such as the location and intensity of the rainfall, the shape and steepness of the catchment it falls on, how much sediment is moved by the water and the vulnerability of the communities in the flood's path. Furthermore, FFIR are by their nature rapid, making it very difficult for researchers to 'capture' measurements during events. The complexity, speed and lack of field measurements on FFIR make it difficult to create computer models to predict flooding and often we are uncertain as to their accuracy.

To address these issues, NERC launched the FFIR research programme. It aims to reduce the risks from surface water and flash floods by improving our identification and prediction of the meteorological (weather), hydrological (flooding) and hydro-morphological (sediment and debris moved by floods) processes that lead to FFIR. A major requirement of the programme is identifying how particular catchments may be vulnerable to FFIR, due to factors such as catchment area, shape, geology and soil type as well as land-use. Additionally, the catchments most susceptible to FFIR are often small and ungauged.

Project SINATRA will address these issues in three stages: Firstly increasing our understanding of what factors cause FFIR and gathering new, high resolution measurements of FFIR; Secondly using this new understanding and data to improve models of FFIR so we can predict where they may happen - nationwide and; Third to use these new findings and predictions to provide the Environment Agency and over professionals with information and software they can use to manage FFIR, reducing their damage and impact to communities.
In more detail, we will:
1. Enhance scientific understanding of the processes controlling FFIR, by-
(a) assembling an archive of past FFIR events in Britain and their impacts, as a prerequisite for improving our ability to predict future occurrences of FFIR.
(b) making real time observations of flooding during flood events as well as post-event surveys and historical event reconstruction, using fieldwork and crowd-sourcing methods.
(c) characterising the physical drivers for UK summer flooding events by identifying the large-scale atmospheric conditions associated with FFIR events, and linking them to catchment type.
2. Develop improved computer modelling capability to predict FFIR processes, by-
(a) employing an integrated catchment/urban scale modelling approach to FFIR at high spatial and temporal scales, modelling rapid catchment response to flash floods and their impacts in urban areas.
(b) scaling up to larger catchments by improving the representation of fast riverine and surface water flooding and hydromorphic change (including debris flow) in regional scale models of FFIR.
(c) improving the representation of FFIR in the JULES land surface model by integrating river routing and fast runoff processes, and performing assimilation of soil moisture and river discharge into the model run.
3. Translate these improvements in science into practical tools to inform the public more effectively, by-
(a) developing tools to enable prediction of future FFIR impacts to support the Flood Forecasting Centre in issuing new 'impacts-based' warnings about their occurrence.
(b) developing a FFIR analysis tool to assess risks associated with rare events in complex situations involving incomplete knowledge, analogous to those developed for safety assessment in radioactive waste management.

In so doing SINATRA will achieve NERC's science goals for the FFIR programme.

Planned Impact

SINATRA will deliver a number of important benefits for our immediate UK project partners and for the wider public, who will ultimately be served by more effective flood forecasting and management systems, both in the UK and beyond.

SINATRA will help the Met Office, the Environment Agency, and their joint Flood Forecasting Centre (FFC) meet the demands of the Pitt Review (2008: vii) for a "a step change in the quality of flood warnings" and in their capacity to forecast groundwater, surface water and other kinds of flooding from intense rainfall (FFIR).

Beyond the UK, SINATRA's findings will also be of benefit to forecasters dealing with similar challenges elsewhere, including the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) and Dutch Rijkswaterstaat, the executive water management organisation of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, who have all provided letters of support outlining their interest in the project.

By improving the basis for assessing impacts, SINATRA will also make important contributions to fulfilling the strategic aims of the Cabinet Office's National Hazards Partnership and to meeting the demands made by the expressed by the Met Office Public Weather Service Customer Group, on behalf of the civil contingencies community, for more proportionate and meaningful warnings

At the local and regional scale, SINATRA will also improve the evidence-base on catchment susceptibility factors needed by Local Authorities to fulfil their new duties under the 2010 Flood and Water Management Act to be the lead agencies responsible for the management of flood risk from surface runoff, groundwater, and small (so-called "ordinary") watercourses. The database of FFIR events and impacts, as well as the analysis of extreme value statistics and of catchment susceptibility factors, will also help critical infrastructure providers, the insurance industry and others across the private sector to appreciate their exposure to FFIR.
 
Description Urban flood models can be (and have been) substantially enhanced by a range of improvements.
Exploitation Route By improvement of various models for simulation of urban flooding and related impacts.
Sectors Environment

 
Description Software companies are considering incorporating the outputs of this project in the product.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Environment
Impact Types Economic

 
Description (RECONNECT) - Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and Rule of Law
Amount € 4,999,686 (EUR)
Funding ID 770142 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 05/2018 
End 04/2022
 
Description EU H2020, RESCCUE
Amount € 6,900,000 (EUR)
Funding ID GA no 700174 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 05/2016 
End 04/2020
 
Description H2020
Amount € 499,276 (EUR)
Organisation EU-T0 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 05/2016 
End 04/2020
 
Description H2020-SC5-2018 (FIWARE4Water)
Amount € 4,997,945 (EUR)
Funding ID 821036 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 06/2019 
End 05/2022
 
Description H2020-SU-SEC-2018 (aqua3S)
Amount € 5,997,068 (EUR)
Funding ID 832876 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 09/2019 
End 08/2022
 
Description New Partnership Program for the Connection to the Top Labs in the World
Amount NT$4,400,000 (TWD)
Organisation Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan 
Sector Public
Country Taiwan, Province of China
Start 09/2016 
End 08/2018
 
Description UK-China Urban Flooding Research Impact Programme
Amount £70,000 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 04/2020
 
Description 2014-16 RS-NSC Development of real-time flash flood mapping and early warning system 
Organisation National Taiwan University
Department Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering
Country Taiwan, Province of China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The expertise that the Exeter has can help the NTU to develop the proposed system efficiently, which will can contribute to the Taiwanese government to identify the regions could be affected by flooding in advance. The authority can notify the residents and take emergency measures to mitigate the flood impacts more precisely.
Collaborator Contribution The challenging catchment and weather attributes in Taiwan provide an excellent case study to develop and test the real-time flood mapping model. Once the model is successfully applied to Taiwan, the system can be easily transplanted back to the UK because the natural environment is less critical than it is in Taiwan. This will improve the flood forecasting practice in the UK and reduce the flood impact.
Impact CWS and NTU had intense interactions under the international collaboration project. Dr Albert Chen visited NTU in August 2014 and worked with Prof Tsang-Jung Chang and Dr Chia-Ho Wang on flood modelling. Prof Slobodan Djordejvic visited NTU in November 2014 to discuss about further collaboration plans. Prof Tsang-Jung Chang, Prof Yih-Chi Tan and Dr Yong-Jun Lin visited CWS in February 2015 to present the research activities have done in Taiwan. In May 2015, Exeter PhD students Kimberly Bryan and Arshan Iqbal visited Taiwan and worked with NTU team on their research programmes. Dr Tsung-Yi Pan, Dr Kai-Yuan Ke and Dr Chia-Ho Wang visited Exeter in July 2015 to discuss with Dr Albert Chen about the modelling results. They also attended the GII kick-off workshop and shared their experiences about flood modelling. Exeter PhD students Miriam Garcia and James Webber also visited Taiwan and worked with NTU team on their research programmes in November 2015. A joint paper has been published on Journal of Hydrology as a result of the collaboration. Chang TJ, Wang CH, Chen AS. (2015) A novel approach to model dynamic flow interactions between storm sewer system and overland surface for different land covers in urban areas, Journal of Hydrology, 524, 622-679
Start Year 2014
 
Description 2015-17 RS-NSFC Hydrodynamic analysis of urban features with physical and numerical experiments 
Organisation Tsinghua University China
Department Department of Hydraulic Engineering
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Centre for Water Systems (CWS) at the University of Exeter has developed a series of computer models (e.g. UIM and CADDIES-2D) to improve the performance of urban flood simulations. The UIM, output from SWERVE and SINATRA projects, introduces additional parameters in the coarse grid modelling to describe those features that affect the flood movement. To simulate the flooding more efficiently CADDIES-2D, output from CADDIES project, adopts simplified rules, which borrow ideas from a computer science field instead of solving hydraulic equations. CADDIES-2D also includes different hardware-based parallelising techniques that further accelerate the calculations. In the project, we aim to combine the strength of the UIM and the CADDIES-2D to develop a new model that can simulate urban flooding at large scale, from GII project, accurately and efficiently. The model will be applied to flood simulations in case study cities to identify the areas that are prone to flooding such that better adaptation measures can be developed to mitigate the flood risk.
Collaborator Contribution The Department of Hydraulic Engineering (DHE) at Tsinghua University has excellent facilities for physical hydraulic experiments. The laboratory has six flumes and one of them has been particular designed for flood simulations in urban environment. This provides a great chance to observe the flow dynamics influenced by different urban features. The observed data can then be used to calibrate and to validate the new model.
Impact Dr Di Zhang visited CWS in July 2015 to work with Dr Albert Chen and Dr Guangtao Fu on flood model development. The comparison of modelling results with lab experiments were also discussed. Dr Zhang also joined the GII workshop and discussed about possible model applications. A joint paper has been submitted to the Hydroinformtics 2016.
Start Year 2015
 
Description 2016 Meeting Prof Jianping Wu at Tsinghua University 
Organisation University of Surrey
Department Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof Dragan Savic, Dr Guangtao Fu and Dr Albert Chen presented previous research at CWS and future collaboration opportunities.
Collaborator Contribution Prof Jianping Wu introduced the transportation management model that Tsinghua University has developed.
Impact Developed the idea to transportation management system that combines flood modelling and early warning, autonomous vehicle for emergency management. It will further extended to multi-disciplinary crisis management that cover other types of disasters.
Start Year 2016
 
Description 2016 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México 
Organisation National Autonomous University of Mexico
Department School of Engineering
Country Mexico 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Flood modelling developed in SWERVE (UIM), CADDIES (CADDIES), SINATRA (UIM-SIPSON) and GII (large scale modelling) were applied to develop the collaboration ideas
Collaborator Contribution Flood modelling application in Mexico
Impact The partner is interested in the CADDIES 2D model that we have developed and the current studies that we are working on the GII project. The team attended the GII Orlando workshop and agreed to exchange their tools with us and will adopt the CADDIES 2D model and GII methodology for the case study in Mexico.
Start Year 2016
 
Description 2016 Visit to Hydrotech Research Institute (HRI), National Taiwan University (NTU) 
Organisation National Taiwan University
Country Taiwan, Province of China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof Dragan Savic, Prof David Butler and Dr Albert Chen visited HRI and presented the CWS's recent research projects, including SWERVE, CADDIES, SINATRA, GII, PEARL, EU-CIRCLE and RESCUUE, and seek for further collaboration opportunities.
Collaborator Contribution Prof Ming-Hsi Hsu, Prof Ke-Sheng Cheng and Dr Jing-Sung Lai presented the research in water engineering has been done in NTU.
Impact New proposal submitted to MOST Taiwan
Start Year 2010
 
Description 2016 Visit to National Science and Technology Research Centre for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) 
Organisation National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR)
Country Taiwan, Province of China 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof Dragan Savic, Prof David Butler and Dr Albert Chen visited NCDR Taiwan University and presented the CWS's recent research projects, including SWERVE, CADDIES, SINATRA, GII, PEARL, EU-CIRCLE and RESCUUE, and seek for further collaboration opportunities.
Collaborator Contribution Dr Wei-Sen Li, Dr Jiun-Huei Jang briefed the missions and tasks of NCDR and presented the emergency decision support system.
Impact N/A
Start Year 2010
 
Description CH2M 
Organisation CH2M HILL
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution I have visited CH2M for multiple times to share my research and expertise on flood modelling with CH2M, and gradually established long-term collaboration with them.
Collaborator Contribution CH2M has supported my EPSRC fellowship application.
Impact N/A
Start Year 2015
 
Description Flood impact assessment in mega cities under urban sprawl and climate change 
Organisation Tsinghua University China
Department Department of Hydraulic Engineering
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution In the project, we aim to investigate the future flood impact as the consequence of the combination of urban development and climate change in three mega cities - London, New York and Beijing. Two of them are coastal cities facing sea level rise impact as well. An urban growth model will be developed using the satellite sensor data and the artificial intelligence techniques to detect the changing trends of urban sprawl and to project future urban growth scenarios in these three cities. The parameters derived from the urban growth model will be used in hydraulic modelling to assess the flood impact for the whole city in the 2050s. The state-of-the-art hydraulic models will be adopted to simulate flooding in complex urban environment with high spatial resolution. The multi-disciplinary collaboration will bring the experts from the UK, the US and China together to create an operational framework for analysing flood impact associated with various urban development conditions and climate change scenarios at the mega-city scale. The results can inform urban planners about the potential increase of flood risk such that better urban development strategies can be developed and implemented to avoid unexpected flood impact. The methodology developed from previous SWERVE, CADDIES and SINATRA projects were applied to the GII project.
Collaborator Contribution The Stormwater Management Academy (SMA) at UCF was founded in 2003. UCF researchers have recently developed the multitemporal change detection techniques for land use and land cover change assessment in fast growing urban regions (Chang et al., 2010; Chen et al., 2009; Gao et al., 2012), streamflow forecasting under climate change impact (Makkeasorn et al., 2008), and flood impact assessment (Kao and Chang, 2011; Sun et al., 2012; Wang et al., 2009) based on Copula-based flood frequency analysis, and pattern recognition via empirical orthogonal function. Furthermore, a suite of low impact development technologies have been developed by SMA and evaluated in the context of flood mitigation impact. All the models/methods can be transferred directly to other parts of the world in support of simulating urban growth and assessing flood risk. For example, as a Co-Principal Investigator, Prof Chang has been working with a research team at the University of Hong Kong to carry out a project titled "Developing a Sustainable Hong Kong through Low Impact Development: from Science to Innovation Policy." Prof Chang is also the Principal Investigator of the ongoing NOAA-funded project "Coupling Risk and Resilience Assessment for Networked Sustainable Drainage Systems in a Coastal City under Climate Change Impact. He has been leading national and international research projects of water resources systems analysis and environmental risk assessment for more than two decades. The knowledge and experience within the SMA will create a complementary effect to fast flood impact assessment model development for mega cities in the project. The Department of Hydraulic Engineering at THU has developed some process based numerical models for predicting flow, sediment and contaminant transport processes in inland and coastal waters. Prof Binliang Lin is a professor of the Hydro-environmental engineering program at THU. He has been involving in the development and applications of first principle physics-based numerical models for assessing the flood hazards to buildings and vehicles. He will contribute his experience to modelling the flash floods in ultra-urban region. Dr Jian Sun is a lecturer at THU. He has been working on numerical model simulations with the aid of physical experiments of urban flood flows in urban regions. He will contribute to the development of computer models for large scale urban flood predictions.
Impact The partnership will strengthen the networking among the UoE, UCF and THU. By working closely on the common problems that the three countries are facing, the team will develop a cohesive framework for assessing future flood impact in mega cities due to urban growth and climate change, which will contribute to better urban development strategies. The engagement will allow the partners across three countries to gain new knowledge and experience from each other in different social-cultural environments. We will arrange joint-dissemination of project knowledge in different national and international conferences and develop further research collaboration ideas for more new proposal submissions to several international programs, such as the Belmont Forum, HOROZON 2020, and the Lead Agency Initiative via NSF-EPSRC or NSF-NERC programs, to achieve a long-term sustainable partnership. The project outcome of this research will end up a possible book publication that may present the state-of-the-art flood impact assessment to the community.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Flood impact assessment in mega cities under urban sprawl and climate change 
Organisation University of Central Florida
Department Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution In the project, we aim to investigate the future flood impact as the consequence of the combination of urban development and climate change in three mega cities - London, New York and Beijing. Two of them are coastal cities facing sea level rise impact as well. An urban growth model will be developed using the satellite sensor data and the artificial intelligence techniques to detect the changing trends of urban sprawl and to project future urban growth scenarios in these three cities. The parameters derived from the urban growth model will be used in hydraulic modelling to assess the flood impact for the whole city in the 2050s. The state-of-the-art hydraulic models will be adopted to simulate flooding in complex urban environment with high spatial resolution. The multi-disciplinary collaboration will bring the experts from the UK, the US and China together to create an operational framework for analysing flood impact associated with various urban development conditions and climate change scenarios at the mega-city scale. The results can inform urban planners about the potential increase of flood risk such that better urban development strategies can be developed and implemented to avoid unexpected flood impact. The methodology developed from previous SWERVE, CADDIES and SINATRA projects were applied to the GII project.
Collaborator Contribution The Stormwater Management Academy (SMA) at UCF was founded in 2003. UCF researchers have recently developed the multitemporal change detection techniques for land use and land cover change assessment in fast growing urban regions (Chang et al., 2010; Chen et al., 2009; Gao et al., 2012), streamflow forecasting under climate change impact (Makkeasorn et al., 2008), and flood impact assessment (Kao and Chang, 2011; Sun et al., 2012; Wang et al., 2009) based on Copula-based flood frequency analysis, and pattern recognition via empirical orthogonal function. Furthermore, a suite of low impact development technologies have been developed by SMA and evaluated in the context of flood mitigation impact. All the models/methods can be transferred directly to other parts of the world in support of simulating urban growth and assessing flood risk. For example, as a Co-Principal Investigator, Prof Chang has been working with a research team at the University of Hong Kong to carry out a project titled "Developing a Sustainable Hong Kong through Low Impact Development: from Science to Innovation Policy." Prof Chang is also the Principal Investigator of the ongoing NOAA-funded project "Coupling Risk and Resilience Assessment for Networked Sustainable Drainage Systems in a Coastal City under Climate Change Impact. He has been leading national and international research projects of water resources systems analysis and environmental risk assessment for more than two decades. The knowledge and experience within the SMA will create a complementary effect to fast flood impact assessment model development for mega cities in the project. The Department of Hydraulic Engineering at THU has developed some process based numerical models for predicting flow, sediment and contaminant transport processes in inland and coastal waters. Prof Binliang Lin is a professor of the Hydro-environmental engineering program at THU. He has been involving in the development and applications of first principle physics-based numerical models for assessing the flood hazards to buildings and vehicles. He will contribute his experience to modelling the flash floods in ultra-urban region. Dr Jian Sun is a lecturer at THU. He has been working on numerical model simulations with the aid of physical experiments of urban flood flows in urban regions. He will contribute to the development of computer models for large scale urban flood predictions.
Impact The partnership will strengthen the networking among the UoE, UCF and THU. By working closely on the common problems that the three countries are facing, the team will develop a cohesive framework for assessing future flood impact in mega cities due to urban growth and climate change, which will contribute to better urban development strategies. The engagement will allow the partners across three countries to gain new knowledge and experience from each other in different social-cultural environments. We will arrange joint-dissemination of project knowledge in different national and international conferences and develop further research collaboration ideas for more new proposal submissions to several international programs, such as the Belmont Forum, HOROZON 2020, and the Lead Agency Initiative via NSF-EPSRC or NSF-NERC programs, to achieve a long-term sustainable partnership. The project outcome of this research will end up a possible book publication that may present the state-of-the-art flood impact assessment to the community.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Visiting Researcher at University of Messina 
Organisation University of Messina
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof Giuseppe Aronica at University of Messina invited Dr Albert Chen as a visiting researcher to collaborate with his research team for one month. The topics discussed include urban flood modelling that has been done in FRMRC/2, SINATRA and CADDIES.; flood risk assessment and resilience strategies done in CORFU and PEARL.
Collaborator Contribution The travel expenses and accommodation was covered by University of Messina.
Impact One paper for Urban Water Journal One paper for Flood Risk 2016
Start Year 2016
 
Title CADDIES application in Khulna, Bangladesh 
Description CADDIES is a fast 2D flood simulation model 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact CADDIES was applied to flood modelling in Khulna case study in EU-CIRCLE project, the knowledge derived from SINATRA project also contributed to the application 
 
Title CAFLOOD (part of CADDIES system) 
Description Cellular Automata-based model for 2D simulation of urban flooding. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2014 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact A version of this model was used for a continental scale study of flood risk for a major international re-insurance company. 
URL http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/engineering/research/cws/resources/caddies-framework/caddies-download/
 
Description 12th International Conference on Hydroscience & Engineering, Hydro-Science & Engineering for Environmental Resilience 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Over 200 participants attend the conference. The talk raised great interests regarding the NERC FFIR research and the CADDIES model from global the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://iche2016.hyd.ncku.edu.tw/
 
Description 18-19 April 2016 GII Beijing workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact GII team presented latest research progress and outcomes to the partners and stakeholders in Beijing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://goo.gl/photos/sG1y5tBerBGk5e2k7
 
Description 21 April 2016 TTFRI-CWS workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Dragan Savic, Prof David Butler and Dr Albert Chen presented the CWS's recent research activities to seek further collaboration opportunities, including
EPSRC/NERC projects: CADDIES, SINATRA, Safe & SuRe, Large Tidal Stream Farms, RAMB, STREAM CDT, WISE CDT, CHANCE and TWENTY 65
EU FP7/H2020 projects: iWIDGET, PEARL, SARASWATI, Water4India, EU-CIRCLE, RESCCUE and SIM4NEXUS TTFRI presented the recent reseach topics, including
Optimal integration of the ensemble quantitative precipitation forecasts from TAPEX in Taiwan by Ming-Chang Wu
The development of operational ensemble river flood forecasts and its application to bridge scour warning by Ya-Chi Chang
Lunch
Development of a smart flood warning system in urban areas: A case study of Huwei area in Taiwan by Sheng-Chi Yang
Operational early warning systems for storm surge in Taiwan by Mei-Ying Lin
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://goo.gl/photos/MWHQjsAYaM6AySiTA
 
Description A SINATRA Researcher hacked the GloFAS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact FFIR project reports the success of SINATRA researcher on FloodHack
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/flooding/sinatra-researcher-hacked-the-glofas/
 
Description APCC-ASEAN Disaster Management Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The APCC-ASEAN Disaster Management Symposium was organised by the APEC Climate Center (APCC) and more than 50 delegates, including disaster management officials and experts, from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Vietnam, the UK and the US participated in the event. The topic was 'Promoting and supporting scientific and technical research that will inform disaster management practice and policy' and it included four sessions:
• Necessary bridging for successful Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
• Current Disaster Risk Reduction policy creation process and required research efforts
• Current Disaster Risk Reduction research efforts in the Asia-Pacific and processes for determining research topics
• Bridging the gap between science and policy together

Dr Chen presented the research findings from the related projects that the CWS has contributed to, including EU FP7 CORFU and PEARL, H2020 RESCCUE and EU-CIRCLE , EPSRC CADDIES, CREW/SWERVE, and FRMRC/FRMRC2, and British Council Global Innovation Initiative, to officials and experts in disaster management from ASEAN countries.
Dr Chen also shared the work in the ongoing NERC FFIR programme and discussed potential future research to help policy makers. The audience identified that flash flooding as a key area where better science and technology are desperately needed to support decision makings in hazard mitigation. Research outcomes from FFIR programme will benefit ASEAN countries in building the capacity of flood forecasting that consequently will enhance early warning and reduce flood damage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.apcc21.org/notice/apccnewsView.do?lang=en&bbsId=BBSMSTR_000000000016&nttId=4906&pageIndex...
 
Description Congrats to our #FloodHack winners: teams LIVE (1st), FloodIt (2nd) and Interception (3rd) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact #FloodHack organiser announced the winners
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://twitter.com/frathgeber/status/688836592040062976
 
Description Djordjevic inaugural lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof S Djordjevic gave the inaugural lecture on 10 June in Exeter, the research in SINATRA was presented to 100+ international audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Chen as a keynote speaker and an expert in live debate at FloodExpo 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Albert Chen was invited to give a keynote speech on flood modelling and risk assessment at FloodExpo 2017. The talk attracted over 100 audience, mainly from industry, and a series of questions regarding the methodology and applications were raised during the discussion. Dr Chen also participated in the expert panel live debate with over 50 attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.thefloodexpo.co.uk/speakers/albert-s-chen/
 
Description Dr Chen presented on the China-UK Joint Workshop on Urban Flooding and Sponge Cities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Chen presented flood modelling research outcome from CADDIES, GII and FFIR to over 50 audiences from the UK, China, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Sri Lanka. Intense discussion followed the presentation for the potential application of the methodologies in other countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Dr Chen presented the latest CADDIES development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Albert Chen presented the CADDIES methodology at the GII final workshop that audience wanted to implement the tools in other areas
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ESPRIT (Embedding Strategic Planning In flood Resilient ciTies) Capacity Building Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The ESSPRIT workshop was organised by CWS and Tsinghua University, China, supported by the Office of Spongy City Development of Suzhou City and Suzhou University of Technology. More than 100 participants attended the workshop, including the directors and officers of the Resident and Construction Office of Jiangsu Province, Suzhou Municipal Resident and Construction Bureau, Urban Planning Bureau, Water Bureau, Garden Management Bureau, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design, Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute, and practitioners from local consulting companies participated in the workshop. It received significant attention form the media in Suzhou and nearby areas. The Suzhou TV channel interviewed the experts and broadcasted the news regarding the workshop.UK and China.

The models and work that CWS has developed were presented in the workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Estimation and Prediction of Damage and Loss from Flood Disasters Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Estimation and Prediction of Damage and Loss from Flood Disasters Workshop was held for sharing the research outcome between CWS and Inha University, Korea. CWS team is invited to participate an international symposium in 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description European Transportation Conferences 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Albert Chen attended ETC, discussed with attendees regarding climate impact on transportation network, and looked for future collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Exeter Dr helps to create flood-awareness app 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The news is seen online, as well as the local newspaper, which reached more than 1000 readers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.theexeterdaily.co.uk/news/business-daily-local-news/exeter-dr-helps-create-flood-awarenes...
 
Description FFIR integration workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion about the integration of FRANC and SINATRA project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Flash flood modelling in urban areas 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Dr Albert Chen talks about CADDIES 2D model and the challenges in urban flash flood modelling investigated in the NERC SINATRA project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ZnCxs-nhdoNGk2TXExYUFNYTg
 
Description Flood expert helps create winning flood awareness app 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release regarding the success in FloodHack. It was on the website of University of Exeter for public engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/featurednews/title_492678_en.html
 
Description GIS in hydroinformatics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A lecture on GIS in hydroinformatics that introduce the GIS application in urban flood modelling within SINATRA and CADDIES projects. 20 students were in the lecture each year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018
 
Description Hamish Hall visited CWS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Chen met Mr Hamish Hall at European Transportation Conference and invited him to give a seminar at University of Exeter. 30 academic and research students attended the seminar and discussed with Mr Hall about flood management.
Profs Savic, Djordjevic and Dr Chen shared with Mr Hall the research projects that CWS is involving and laboratory experiment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Host Dapeng Yu from Loughborough University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Guangtao Fu and Dr Albert Chen discuss with Dapeng Yu on flood modelling at mega city scale that is related to CADDIES, GII and SINATRA projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Keynote lecture entitled: "Examples of applications of modern methods in computational hydraulics" at the 18th Conference of Serbian Association for Hydraulic Research (SDHI) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote lecture attracted interest from:
professionals/practitioners, which may lead to practical further practical applications of the tools developed in our projects, and
post-graduate students, which may develop our methodologies further
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://hikom.grf.bg.ac.rs/SDHI18/
 
Description Keynote talk at ESPRIT (Embedding Strategic Planning In flood Resilient ciTies) Capacity Building Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Albert Chen delivered a keynote at the workshop in Suzhou, China, that more than over 100 delegates, including directors and officers of the Resident and Construction Office of Jiangsu Province, Suzhou Municipal Resident and Construction Bureau, Urban Planning Bureau, Water Bureau, Garden Management Bureau, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design, Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute, and practitioners from local consulting companies participated in the workshop. It received significant attention form the media in Suzhou and nearby areas. The Suzhou TV channel interviewed the experts and broadcasted the news regarding the workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/engineering/research/cws/news-events/news/title_679640_en.html
 
Description Lib Dem Spring Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Association of Lib Dem Engineers and Scientists' invited Dr Albert Chen to talk about flooding research on the Lib Dem Spring Conference 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.slideshare.net/albert_cws/2016-citizen-participation-in-flood-risk-assessment
 
Description Network Rail Drainage Challenges 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion with Network Rail and other academic colleagues regarding the drainage issues that require further research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Participating in Math Foresees workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Albert Chen was invited to attend in Math Foresees workshop and shared the research from SWERVE, CADDIES, and SINATRA with the participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at Water Control Room Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Albert Chen was invited to present the research at the Water Control Room Forum, organised by Southwest Water. The attendees include the Water Control Room teams from water companies in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Prof Dragan Savic as the Keynote Speaker at FloodExpo 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Savic presented the key findings in urban flood modelling and 3D visualisation from CADDIES, GII, SINATRA, Serious Gaming, and SIM4NEXUS projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.thefloodexpo.co.uk/speakers/professor-dragan-savic/
 
Description Prof Savic presented on the China-UK Joint Workshop on Urban Flooding and Sponge Cities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Savic presented research in CADDIES, GII and FFIR to over 40 audiences from the UK, China, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Sri Lanka. There was interesting discussion about the methodologies in sponge city applications .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/engineering/research/cws/news-events/news/title_598626_en.html
 
Description RAEng Frontiers of Engineering for Development 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Albert Chen was invited to attend RAEng Frontiers of Engineering for Development and shared the research from SWERVE, CADDIES, SINATRA and GII with the participants. A joint proposal was submitted to RAEng, following the discussion with the participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description RMetS/NCAS Conference 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Chen presented at the conference and discussed with participants for potential further collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description Research outcomes presented in postgraduate lectures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Research outcomes and knowledge from SWERVE, SINATRA, CADDIES and GII projects were adopted in Water Management in Developing Countries lectures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019
 
Description Research outcomes presented in undergraduate lectures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Research knowledge and outcomes from SWERVE, SINATRA, CADDIES and GII projects are presented at Water Resources and Pollution Control
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk at RAE UK-India workshop - Urban flood modelling and resilienceUrban flood modelling and resilience 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Albert Chen delivered a talk at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Rebuilding a Resilient Kerala after the Floods UK-India workshop, Kerala, India
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description Talk entitled: "Simulation and visualisation of impacts of flooding and the selected other research at the Exeter Centre for Water Systems" at Eawag/ETH Zurich 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The research group at Eawag (about 15 people) attended this presentation. The outcome - in addition to parallel activities during Prof Djordjevic visit to Zurich - was the submission of a major £1.5m proposal to EPSRC International Centre-to-Centre scheme between the Exeter Centre for Water Systems and Eawag at ETH Cluster Zurich. The proposal is shortlisted, received very good reviews, and funding decision will be made on the EPSRC panel to be held in April 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://epsrc.ukri.org/funding/calls/intlcentretocentrerescollabsfull/
 
Description Team LIVE win 1st place at the 2016 Hackathon! 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact JBA Consulting's website report the success of the LIVE team in FloodHack 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.jbaconsulting.com/news/team-live-win-1st-place-2016-hackathon
 
Description Tweets about research outcome 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Multiple tweets regarding the quick analysis for the Coverack flood event, it has received attention from consultancy company requesting for further collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://twitter.com/search?l=&q=coverack%20from%3Aalbertchen_cws&src=typd
 
Description UFMRM WG webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Albert Chen is coordinating Urban Flood Modelling and w
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7405941/7405941-6257915019120517124
 
Description Unblocking Innovation: Launching the HIF's Surface Water Drainage Challenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact The Humanitarian Innovation Fund's invitation me to participate the Unblocking Innovation: Launching the HIF's Surface Water Drainage Challenge
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unblocking-innovation-launching-the-hifs-surface-water-drainage-chall...
 
Description University of Exeter International Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Around 30 international undergraduate students from a variety of backgrounds. Four hours lectures regarding flood modelling, risk assessment and management that raised intense discussions on the topics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Urban Flood Modelling and Risk Management Working Group, IAHR/IWA Joint Committee on Hydroinformatics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Albert Chen's experience and knowledge from SWERVE, CADDIES, SINATRA and GII projects made him the coordinator of UFMRM WG.
The UFMRM WG is organisng monthly webinars to share the knowledge and research outcomes among the colleagues. These events have attracted global audiences and formed further collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7405941
 
Description Water Resilience Challenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Water Resilience Bootcamp was held to bring together top academics, innovators and entrepreneurs, to tackle some of the key issues in managing water risks and building a resilient world. Dr Albert Chen presented the work from the CWS research team and facilitated the discussion with the participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.impactlab.org.uk/events/view/take-on-the-challenge-water-resilience