LANDWISE: LAND management in loWland catchments for Integrated flood riSk rEduction

Lead Research Organisation: University of Reading
Department Name: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Abstract

LANDMARK (LAND MAnagement for flood RisK reduction in lowland catchments) will evaluate the effectiveness of realistic and scalable land-based NFM measures to reduce the risk from flooding from surface runoff, rivers and groundwater in groundwater-fed lowland catchments. We will study measures like crop choice, tillage practices and tree planting, that have been identified by people who own and manage land, to have the greatest realisable potential. NFM measures will be evaluated for their ability to increase infiltration, evaporative losses and/or below-ground water storage, thereby helping to store precipitation to reduce surface runoff and slow down the movement of water to reduce peak levels in groundwater and rivers. However, we need to carefully examine the balance between increased infiltration, soil water storage and evaporative losses under different types of NFM measures, because long-term increases in infiltration could actually increase groundwater and river flood risk if there is less capacity within the ground and in rivers to store excess precipitation from storm events. Also, following a review of the available research to date, other researchers (Dadson et al, 2017) came to the conclusion that land-based NFM measures would only provide effective protection against small flood events in small catchments. As the catchment size and flood events increase, the effectiveness of land-based NFM measures in reducing flood risk would decrease significantly. However, this idea needs to be tested further.

Currently, there are many unanswered gaps in knowledge that make it hard to include land-based NFM measures in flood risk mitigation schemes. The Environment Agency tell us that there are no case studies on land-based NFM measures to support decision making, with most focusing on leaky barriers made from trees. Yet, land-based NFM measures have potential to do more than just reduce flood risk, including improving water quality, biodiversity and sustainable food and fibre production. So in LANDMARK, we will carry out research to help to fill this evidence gap, and test the ideas Dadson et al. proposed about land-based NFM using the West Thames River Basin as a case-study area. We will work at three spatial scales (field, catchment and large river basin) and explore modelling scenarios, developed with people who own and manage land and live at risk of flooding, to look at how land-based NFM could affect flooding. Scenarios will include experiences in the recent past in July 2007 and over the winter of 2013-14, and how future land use and management could affect flood risk in 2050 as the climate changes. We will consider how government policy could change after we leave the EU to support land-based NFM.

Work will be carried out in five stages: (1) we will bring together available maps, data and local knowledge on current land use and management, and use this to create scenarios for modelling experiments to explore land use and management measures impact on events from the past and in the future; (2) we will make measurements to see how below-ground water storage and infiltration vary between different land-based NFM in fields where innovative land management is being practiced; (3) we will collect data from sensors sitting above the ground, flying on drones and on satellites to see how vegetation and soil moisture vary across large catchment areas; (4) we will use all the data collected from 1-3 to run modelling experiments across a range of scales, linking together models that capture soil and vegetation processes, overland and groundwater flows and catchment hydrology, exploring variation in model outputs; and (5) we will create web applications to display and explore the outputs from the modelling experiments. All this work will be supported by workshops, field visits, reports and resources to support people and their learning about how land-based NFM measures work and could be used to reduce flood risk.

Planned Impact

LANDMARK will deliver new knowledge and tools to help develop realistic and scalable plans to reduce pluvial, fluvial and groundwater flood risk using land-based NFM in lowland groundwater-fed catchments. Specific groups include:

- Communities at risk of flooding: flood groups, parish councils and farmers will benefit from evidence created to support expanding land-based NFM measures to reduce flood risk where traditional defences aren't feasible and to extend life of hard defences elsewhere. Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis of a range of scenarios will help to improve understanding of the realistic level of protection provided, helping to inform flood preparedness measures.
- Environment Agency, Lead Local Flood Authorities and Regional Flood and Coastal Committee responsible for planning and delivering flood risk management will also benefit from evidence to support planning and decision making to enable land-based NFM measures to be used to deliver flood risk protection and prolong the life of hard infrastructure investments. Improved model and parameter development will also help inform planning and flood forecasting (including updated FEH statistics).
- Policy Makers and Regulators in Defra, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission and Natural England will benefit from the evidence created to inform post-Brexit agri-environment policy development. Evaluation of new remote sensing capability (e.g. Sentinel-1 and 2) to monitor soil moisture/NFM benefits from different land use and management could help the Rural Payments Agency support delivery of land-based NFM options. Evidence will inform climate change adaptation strategies for the Committee on Climate Change, including potential to safeguard public water supply and improve resilience of ecosystems and agriculture.
- Land owners, managers and advisors, including farmers, farm advisors and representatives (e.g. FWAG, NFU), forestry (e.g. Forestry Commission, Confor, Institute of Chartered Foresters), river and conservation charities (e.g. National Trust, Woodland Trust, Wildlife Trusts, Rivers Trusts) will benefit from case-study information demonstrating flood risk co-benefits delivered from a range of land-based NFM measures to tailor to their needs, and from possible future policy changes to support delivery.
- Catchment partnerships (e.g. led by Rivers Trusts) will directly benefit from the increased capacity and capability to explore scenarios to inform catchment management plans, case studies and realistic web-based applications to explore options. This include evidence of the appropriate scale or uptake of measures needed to deliver benefits. Impact of land-based NFM measures on mitigating drought risk and associated water quality and biodiversity risks will support environmental improvements.
- Water Industry (e.g. Affinity Water, Thames Water) will benefit from knowledge and tools created to explore impact of catchment management on water resources, particularly impacts on low flows and on water quality and quantity to safeguarding drinking water supply. This includes enhanced evidence from cover crops currently funded by Thames Water to protect drinking water quality.
- Environmental consultancies (e.g. JBA and CGI) with flood risk delivery contracts for the EA and Defra will benefit from additional capability developed through hydrological model development, improved evidence to constrain parameters and uncertainty, development of remote sensing data products to support NFM management, modelling and flood forecasting, and improved NFM opportunity mapping capability to include a wider range of land-based NFM measures in lowland catchments.
- General public will benefit from wider knowledge and evidence to support understanding about of the link between land use and management and flood and drought risk management. LANDMARK will provide a range of online resources (including possible MOOC), press briefings and media information resources.

Organisations

 
Title Big Data and the Environment MOOC 
Description Dr Debbie Clifford filmed for a video used in the Big Data and the Environment MOOC. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Positive learner responses in the discussion boards during the course runs. 
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/big-data-and-the-environment
 
Title Video for Data Tree Online Course about data management, including open data 
Description Videos made by LANDWISE research team to support the Data Tree online course. Dr Joanna Clark talked about partnerships and sharing research with people outside of University, sharing her experience with developing the LANDWISE project. Dr Debbie Clifford talked about data visualizations. The course is aimed at environmental science PhD students and early career researchers Year: created 2018, available until 2022. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Not yet known - feedback will be collated later this year, but the active to completed ratio is high from my experience in online courses. So far 700 people have signed up to Data Tree. 
URL http://www.datatree.org.uk
 
Title Visual Minutes of LANDWISE Annual Workshop 2018 
Description Large illustration created by two artists showing Natural Flood Management options in West Thames area and evidence needs addressed in the LANDWISE project. The artists developed the illustrations at the workshop by listening to the discussion and capturing different views and ideas from the participants. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Live drawing of the art during the meeting captured interest and engaged partners, bringing what felt like a deeper sense of understanding of NFM and evidence needs among the group. Subsequent requests for copies of the artwork have been made. It has been shared on twitter many times by different people, and used again after the event. 
URL https://twitter.com/JoClarkUoR/status/1059855878155837440
 
Title Working with Natural Processes sketch 2018, by Dr. Jess Neumann from Reading University 
Description Hand sketched representation of natural flood management measures in a landscape, created by Dr Jess Neumann. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Will feature on the new website for the West Somerset Flood Group to showcase the kind of work they are involved / interested in. 
 
Description The LANDWISE project is in year 1, so to early to report major findings. We are in the process of developing our understanding of flooding within the study area by integrating local knowledge with more technical monitoring and modelling data. We are developing scenarios for future NFM with our partners using workshop, survey and participatory methods. We are supporting community NFM projects by installing monitoring equipment to help evaluate their work. We have co-designed a field survey with our project partners to quantify impact of different land use and management on key soil properties that affect infiltration, water storage and runoff on different soil types. We have started to set up and develop modelling framework for the study catchments. We will report further on this next year.
Exploitation Route Improved understanding of nature of flooding and how well models preform will help local flood authorities and communities make better use of modelling tools, and inform developments. Communities and land owners/farmers are likely to benefit from a deeper understanding of different NFM measures and their effectiveness in different catchments (specifically the role of soil type), and researchers and flood authorities will benefit from a deeper understanding of community and land owner/farmers understanding of these topics from their lived experiences. We hope that this project will help others consider a wider range of NFM options than at present, helping to mainstream NFM and make it easier for Regional Flood and Coastal Committees to support as part of their routine operations. The project is in the early stages, and we will update on this next year.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other

URL https://landwise-nfm.org/
 
Description Findings from Mehring et al (2018) have been used by the Environment Agency to develop further work exploring understanding of partnerships and engagement through detailed interviews with Environment Agency staff and Flood Groups. The initial work shone a light on the differences in understanding of engagement between communities and flood authorities, and the Environment Agency were keen to explore this further. The process of co-production of research has helped to share knowledge and understanding among partners from different sectors. At this stage, too early to report concrete impacts. Generally, we've noted an increased awareness of land management/agricultural options and potential for delivery through Countryside Stewardship by some engineers in Flood Authorities. Increased awareness of farmer willingness to take part in soil management to reduce flood risk. Greater understanding of how monitoring and evidence can be used to help evaluate and inform future decisions about NFM. One of the hardest tasks is capturing and reporting impacts outside of the project and conversations the research team are immediately aware of. We will update on these impacts in the next ResearchFish report in 2020.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Environment,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Additional support for Farm Advisors to help with field survey
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Reading 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 07/2019
 
Description CASE funding for PhD from NERC SPITFIRE DTP (Dr Gareth Old CEH lead, UoS co-supervisor) from Thames Water: Monitoring NFM impacts on water quality in Evenlode Catchment
Amount £3,500 (GBP)
Organisation Thames Water Utilities Limited 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 03/2022
 
Description Monitoring equipment for Mill Corner/Hart District Council NFM scheme, Dr Joanna Clark (PI), Dr Arnaud Duranel (Co-I)
Amount £15,500 (GBP)
Organisation University of Reading 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 07/2019
 
Description Working together to add value: Enhancing landscapes for biodiversity and multiple ecosystem services
Amount £135,593 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/S006400/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 01/2022
 
Description Collaboration with Dr Kamal Birdi, University of Sheffield (EPSRC Twenty65 project) to develop workshops for inclusive decision making using the ClearIDEAS methodology 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Worked with Dr Birdi to co-develop workshop methods, co-delivered the workshop and are currently evaluating data and writing up together.
Collaborator Contribution Provided framework and guidance on design of workshop to ensure equal and fair participation by all, such that the group decisions reflection everyone's views and not just those of the most dominant voices. Attended the workshop and helped with the delivery. Supporting data analysis and evaluation.
Impact Developed a method for assessing NFM acceptability and feasibility and evidence needs using ClearIDEAS framework that was used in the first LANDWISE Annual Workshop. Multi-disciplinary: environmental science and organizational psychology
Start Year 2018
 
Description Farmer Knowledge Working Group, led by Dr Chris Short including 12+ partners include Farmers, Farm Advisors, Government Organisations and Research 
Organisation Arcadian Ecology and Consulting Ltd.
PI Contribution Chris Short has led the group to develop a farmer knowledge survey, supported by Joanna Clark, Jess Neumann, John Hammond, Martin Lukac and Tom Nisbet. He has coordinated meetings and feedback, developed and managed the survey and led the analysis.
Collaborator Contribution Partners have helped to shape the contents of the survey and how questions are phrased, providing intellectual input. They have helped to share the survey through their networks to reach key groups. They will help with the analysis and write up.
Impact Developed a farmer knowledge survey. Data to be analysed. Multi-disciplinary including, agriculture, environmental science, soil science, ecology, social science.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Farmer Knowledge Working Group, led by Dr Chris Short including 12+ partners include Farmers, Farm Advisors, Government Organisations and Research 
Organisation National Farmers Union
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Chris Short has led the group to develop a farmer knowledge survey, supported by Joanna Clark, Jess Neumann, John Hammond, Martin Lukac and Tom Nisbet. He has coordinated meetings and feedback, developed and managed the survey and led the analysis.
Collaborator Contribution Partners have helped to shape the contents of the survey and how questions are phrased, providing intellectual input. They have helped to share the survey through their networks to reach key groups. They will help with the analysis and write up.
Impact Developed a farmer knowledge survey. Data to be analysed. Multi-disciplinary including, agriculture, environmental science, soil science, ecology, social science.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Farmer Knowledge Working Group, led by Dr Chris Short including 12+ partners include Farmers, Farm Advisors, Government Organisations and Research 
Organisation Natural England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Chris Short has led the group to develop a farmer knowledge survey, supported by Joanna Clark, Jess Neumann, John Hammond, Martin Lukac and Tom Nisbet. He has coordinated meetings and feedback, developed and managed the survey and led the analysis.
Collaborator Contribution Partners have helped to shape the contents of the survey and how questions are phrased, providing intellectual input. They have helped to share the survey through their networks to reach key groups. They will help with the analysis and write up.
Impact Developed a farmer knowledge survey. Data to be analysed. Multi-disciplinary including, agriculture, environmental science, soil science, ecology, social science.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Steve Rose (Technical Director at JBA Consulting) attended three Yorkshire integrated CAtchment Solutions Programme (iCASP) NFM workshop (held in: Leeds, NT Hardcastle Crags, Leeds University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Many of the Defra funded NFM projects in Yorkshire are trying to deliver NFM success with very limited budgets and resources. These smaller NFM projects are struggling to determine what constitutes an acceptable level of monitoring in the eyes of the EA/Defra national NFM Project Steering Group.

Most significant outcome, was development of plans for an appropriate level of monitoring (e.g. hydrology, flooding, non-hydrology) to provide useful evidence of the success and performance of Yorkshire NFM projects that is acceptable to the EA/Defra national NFM Project Steering Group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description CEH Catchment Flood Management Game at Landwise Annual Workshop, with Dr. James Blake, from CEH 
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 Workshop participants played the CEH Catchment Flood Management Game, which provides an opportunity to deploy natural flood management and/or traditional hard flood management measures across a notional catchment in preparation for a notional flood event of varying magnitude, exploring issues of flood defense cost-benefit, value of flood forecasting, allocation of limited resources. Participants came away with a broader understanding of the complexities of flood risk management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CEH Natural Flood Management Cross-Site Seminar: Natural management for floods and droughts: dream or reality? With Dr. James Blake from CEH 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Outlining the current understanding and evidence for the effectiveness of natural flood management and the potential for improved future understanding linked to Landwise and other research projects.

Increased awareness of NERC LANDWISE project.  The presentation reviewed available types of evidence and discussed the complex flood response of catchments to NFM.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Chris Short and Bel Whitwam interviewed on BBC Points West about natural flood management in Gloucestershire and the LANDWISE project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Chris Short and Bel Whitwam intereviewed on BBC Local News about natural flood management in Gloucestershire and the LANDWISE project. Story was also reported in BBC Radio Wiltshire, with additional support from project partner Adrian Hares to give a Wiltshire Farmer perspective.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description David Macdonald from British Geological Survey, attended the Environment Agency Flood Hydrology Road Map 2-day workshop and subsequently joined the Groundwater Flooding Task Group to outline the UK national approach to groundwater flood forecasting and planning. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Environment Agency are aiming to identify gaps in the forecasting and planning provision for all aspects of flooding, including groundwater. The study will result in a road map for improving the provisions including a research agenda.

The main outcome was the development of an Environment Agency Groundwater Flooding Task Group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Dr Joanna Clark gave talk about Natural Flood Management and the LANDWISE project at Cafe Scientifique, Henley, 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Joanna Clark invited as main speaker at Café Scientifique, Henley, 22 May 2018. Talk was on 'Holding back the water with soil, grass and trees: Can Natural Flood Management work?' Talked sparked a lively discussion about flooding and flood risk management in Henley, with many challenges facing home owners, farmers and flood risk authorities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Dr Joanna Clark gave talk at a CIWEM Workshop November 2017 on Integrated Catchment Delivery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Joanna Clark gave a presentation about building long-term partnerships that support the development of the LANDWISE project and other related activities at an Integrated Catchment Delivery. Shared advice on challenges faced by academic staff and tips on how to engage with Universities. Follow up discussions at the event and afterwards about engaging with Universities, particularly timing of requests so that they are outside of term term and managing expectations. Also interest in the LANDWISE project and getting involved/staying in touch with developments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ciwem.org/events/workshop-integrated-catchment-delivery
 
Description Dr. James Blake from CEH provided Landwise WP2 Field Data Collection Poster at Landwise Annual Workshop 
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 Presented planned Landwise broad-scale and detailed field surveys of soil and vegetation properties linked to potential flood generation and natural flood management. Provided an interactive opportunity to informally co-develop ideas and seek stakeholder feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Dr. Jess Neumann attended ECR event on 'Improving Science-based Climate Policy for Flood Risk Management', organised UCL Policy Commission on Communicating Climate Science. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr. Jess Neumann underwent a 3-day training course on engaging researchers with flood risk policy through effective science communication. On 9th July 2018, Dr. Jess Neumann and 6 other Early Career Scientists hosted a policy event with UK Government policy-makers to better understand the barriers to integrating science in policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://landwise-nfm.org/2018/08/02/science-communication-for-flood-risk-management/
 
Description Dr. Jess Neumann, Dr. John Hammond and Dr Ian Davenport from Reading University presented NFM project to Defra and Farmer Guardians of the Upper Thames (FGUT) Facilitation Fund Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact General discussion about research topics relevant to the NFM project and how farmers/policy makers can engage with the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Dr. John Hammond from Reading University presented NFM project to Innovative Farmers Networking Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Took part in a panel discussion that included a general discussion about research topics relevant to the NFM project and drainage and how farmers/policy makers can engage with the project and NFM in general.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Dr. John Hammond from Reading University presented NFM project to NERC 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presented the NFM project to NERC representatives visiting the University of Reading - to raise awareness of the project and the time required to build consortium of partners need to address these questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Dr. Kevin White from Reading University attended the UK National Earth Observation Conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Poster presentation at international remote sensing conference. Numerous discussions with other conference attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://doi.org/10.1111/phor.2_12246
 
Description Engagement with practitioner community about the wider applications of NFM as part of the Forest Research WrEN meeting on woodland creation and ecological networks, with Dr. Jess Neumann from Reading University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact General discussion about research topics relevant to the WrEN project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Exploring local drainage history with MERL Achieves 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Workshop held at MERL with external partners from NFM, Farm Advisors and Environment Agency to explore use of historical information on previous land drainage policy within the MERL archives to better understand current context for engagement and future decisions. Example archive's shown. Planned proposal for UKRI to develop further. Dr Joanna Clark and Dr Arnuad Duranel took part and helped to organise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description First LANDWISE Annual Workshop 2018, lead by Dr. Joanna Clark from Reading University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact First Annual Workshop for the Landwise Team, including Researchers and Project Partners. Event included a poster networking session for the session, presenting work to date on the Landwise project and other ongoing work on NFM within the West Thames Area by project partners. Provided an interactive opportunity to informally co-develop ideas and seek feedback from partners on the development of research in Landwise. Two structured workshop sessions were developed in collaboration with EPSRC Twenty65 Project to explore NFM acceptability and feasibility and evidence needs of different groups to inform the development of NFM scenarios for modelling and future research communication. Breakout sessions included use of interactive iTable developed by Lancaster University and JBA to explore NFM scenarios, CEH catchment game, Flood risk management game (string theory) and workshop exploring Agroforestry for NERC CALIBRE project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Introduction to the LANDWISE project presented by Dr. Jess Neumann at SAGES PhD conference. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 45 minute talk on Dr. Jess Neumann's experiences after her PhD. Introduced the LANDWISE topic as an area of current postdoc research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description LANDWISE project presentation at Environment Agency Working With Natural Processes Roadshow, Thames Area, 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event was part of the Environment Agency roadshow to share outcomes from recent work on Working with Natural Processes. The LANDWISE team were invited to attend to share information about the project. PDRAS Dr Jess Neumann and Dr Ian Davenport both presented posters about their work on local knowledge and remote sensing, respectively. Dr Joanna Clark gave an oral presentation about the LANDWISE project, explaining how we were working together with farmers looking at the measures they are and want to implement, rather than dictating what they should do to them. Presentations sparked discussions about the project and evaluating NFM measures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description LANDWISE project web site and blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact LANDWISE project website that contains information about (1) the project aims (2) research partners and (3) blog that shares information about different partners and their perspectives on NFM, events and project activities. In 2018, 1018 people visited the web site.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://landwise-nfm.org
 
Description Littlestock Brook Data Collectors mini-conference, with Dr. James Blake from CEH 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Linking data collectors. Gaining support of landowners to enable sampling of their soils for LANDWISE. Building an informed network of data collectors in the Littlestock Brook catchment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Local Flood Knowledge in Upper Thames, with Dr. Joanna Clark and Dr. Jess Neumann from Reading University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Flood timeline and participatory mapping to understand where local communities are most at risk of flooding based on their local knowledge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Organising Working with Natural Processes Symposium at IALE World Congress, with Dr. Joanna Clark and Dr. Jess Neumann from Reading University and Dr. Emma Shuttleworth from Manchester University working on PROTECT NFM project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr. Jess Neumann, Chris Short and Dr. Emma Shuttleworth are organising a conference symposium on working with natural processes which will head up the NERC NFM project (Landwise, Q-NFM and Protect) at the IALE World Congress in Milan in July. As of March we currently have 13 papers submitted to the session including those from the NFM projects, plus also countries including China, Spain, Italy and Denmark.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.iale2019.unimib.it/proposed-symposia/symposium_27/
 
Description Pint of Science 2018: Dr Joanna Clark gave talk on 'Holding back the water with soil, grass and trees: can natural flood managment work?' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Oral Presentation: Holding back the water with soil, grass and trees: Can Natural Flood Management work? Pint of Science, Wokingham, 15 May 2018. Interaractive talk about catchment management, how natural flood management works, LANDWISE project, what people can do in their garden. Included a demonstration of soil slaking test and the impact of land use on soil structure between woodland and arable land. Around 50 people attended from local area, including people living at risk of flooding. Talked sparked conversations about things people could do in the garden in more detail to help manage soils, particularly to reduce compaction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Press release announcing LANDWISE project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release by the University of Reading press office to announce the funding awarded for the LANDWISE project. The story was picked up by Farming UK (https://www.farminguk.com/news/Natural-methods-could-help-farmers-stop-rivers-bursting-banks-miles-downstream_47805.html?refer_id=1900#.WfwQFTPnv80.twitter) and South East Famer (http://www.southeastfarmer.net/section/news/measuring-how-farms-reduce-flood-risk).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Radio Interview of BBC Radio Berkshire about the LANDWISE project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dr Joanna Clark interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire about Natural Flood Management in Thames Area and the LANDWISE project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Soil Moisture breakout group at CEH Hydro-JULES meeting, with Dr. James Blake from CEH 
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 James Blake and Anne Verhoef led a discussion about the potential for time-variant soil properties, an area of interest for Landwise, and the potential for their inclusion in hydrological modelling. Ideas were taken forward for potential inclusion in the NERC Hydro-JULES programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk on NFM at British Ecological Society annual meeting Dec 2018, with Dr. Jess Neumann from Reading University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk was 15 minutes in Macroecology session, introducing the co-benefits of looking at a historical landscape perspective for improving biodiversity and managing flood risk. Presented evidence that looking at the past is only done where sites already have historical significance and there is a need to better understand where NFM options will have the greatest benefit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Twitter account @NERC_NFM with #LandwiseNFM 
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 Twitter account set up for the NFM programme @NERC_NFM, currently has 468 followers. Share information about different projects, activities and events and also retweet and like related activities by others working on NFM. Landwise has a hashtag #Landwise NFM. The account is ongoing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://twitter.com/hashtag/LandwiseNFM?src=hash&lang=en
 
Description Wales Water Conference 2018: Natural management for floods and droughts: dream or reality? With Dr. James Blake from CEH 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Outlining the current understanding and evidence for the effectiveness of natural flood management and the potential for improved future understanding linked to Landwise and other research projects.

Increased awareness of NERC LANDWISE project in Wales. The presentation reviewed available types of evidence and discussed the complex flood response of catchments to NFM.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018