Blueprint for a Flood and Drought Research Infrastructure

Lead Research Organisation: UK Ctr for Ecology & Hydrology fr 011219
Department Name: Hydro-climate Risks

Abstract

This 15-month scoping phase project will deliver the blueprint for a Flood and Drought Infrastructure Investment (FDRI). It will provide the evidence for, and recommendations on how the intended programme of infrastructure could be established and managed in order to deliver benefits to society. The scoping will involve extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders and collate evidence and experiences from other similar initiatives worldwide. It will seek the views of the broad community to agree upon the initial driving science challenges that can only be addressed through a significant investment in data and observing networks. Through consultation we will seek answers to questions such as what new measurements are required, where and how the data can be gathered and what new technology might be be required. The blueprint will develop a series of costed investment strategies (including the implications of "do nothing") and plans for the networks longer term sustainability. A open, near real-time data and IT framework will be proposed to ensure that the data are made available in a quick and simple manner.

Publications

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Description Co-ordination of national hydrological initiatives 
Organisation British Hydrological Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Nick Reynard (FDRI PI) is chair of the coordination group for ensuring that FDRI, the British Hydrological Society initiative in the "Future of Hydrology", the Flood Hydrology Roadmap (led by the EA) and the National Capability HydroJULES programme are aware of the activities and objectives of each and become more aligned and complimentary.
Collaborator Contribution The PIs for each of the initiatives send 1-2 representatives to the co-ordination group meetings.
Impact Improved understanding and alignment of, and collaboration between the four initiatives.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Co-ordination of national hydrological initiatives 
Organisation Environment Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Nick Reynard (FDRI PI) is chair of the coordination group for ensuring that FDRI, the British Hydrological Society initiative in the "Future of Hydrology", the Flood Hydrology Roadmap (led by the EA) and the National Capability HydroJULES programme are aware of the activities and objectives of each and become more aligned and complimentary.
Collaborator Contribution The PIs for each of the initiatives send 1-2 representatives to the co-ordination group meetings.
Impact Improved understanding and alignment of, and collaboration between the four initiatives.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Floods and droughts research infrastructure consultative questionnaire 
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 PURPOSE: This questionnaire was used to consult academic and non-academic members of our stakeholder community with respect to their requirements for infrastructure. It built upon previous NERC consultations (NERC 2019) by presenting knowledge gained, identifying missing information and seeking community views on their prioritisation.
Approximately 300 stakeholders opted in to complete the FDRI questionnaire and >40% (125 persons) completed it.

OUTCOMES: The questionnaire helped confirm and prioritise community needs. It informed the design of the workshop that took place on 14th January 2021 and the content of the briefing papers shared in advance. The questionnaire importantly confirmed the relevance of the six science questions. The workshop was then designed with six groups considering pairs of questions whilst rotating through three cycles. The cycles were also informed by information gained from the questionnaire. During the introductory presentations of each cycle summary information from the questionnaire was presented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://fdri@ceh.ac.uk
 
Description Floods and droughts research infrastructure discussions with relevant initiatives. For example, discussed synergies with the lead of the Forth ERA initiative and UK DANUBIUS initiative (A.Tyler; Stirling University, March 2021) and the NERC Centre Data Operations Group (Nov 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussed synergies between initiatives. In particular, identified existing investments in observing and data infrastructure to identify where additional investments could add most value.
The Forth ERA initiative is currently establishing catchment observing infrastructure. Our initial discussion has demonstrated the value of an ongoing dialogue. Benefits are likely to arise from sharing experiences with regard to managing risks, sustainability and resourcing of infrastructure.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description Floods and droughts research infrastructure introductory presentations. Examples include: NERC HydroJules National Capability project meeting (Jun2020), UK Environmental Observation Framework (Dec 2020), Natural Hazards Partnership (Dec 2020), and UKCEH Hydroclimatic Risks Science Area (Dec 2020). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Purpose: Existing stakeholder groups were identified in the FDRI engagement strategy. Introductory presentations were delivered to several groups to inform them of the potential opportunity represented by this infrastructure investment and to encourage them to opt in.

Outcome: Increased community awareness of the FDRI scoping study and increased number of stakeholders opting in to further engage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Introduction to the Flood and Drought Research Infrastructure Webinar - October 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar was produced to introduce the FDRI Scoping Study to the UK Hydrology Community - it was 1hr long and the intention for the webinar was to introduce the FDRI team, purpose and scope of the study as well as a live Q&A session. 124 more people opted in to engage following the event, Quotes included 'Many thanks for the most intelligent, analytical, credible & encouraging presentation on approaches to UK flooding I have encountered from agencies or authorities in the 12 months I have been in this role. '; 'I have signed up now and definitely have a better understanding of what it's all about. The Q&A worked well' and 'I didn't really understand the aims beforehand - but now I do'. This indicates that we managed to secure investment from more diverse parts of the hydrological community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ceh.ac.uk/our-science/projects/floods-and-droughts-research-infrastructure-project-fdri
 
Description Requirements and Rationale from FDRI Workshop 1 - Webinar March 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact FDRI Webinar: Requirements and Rationale - This webinar provides a 10 minute overview of the first workshop of the FDRI Scoping Project. It focused on identifying the community's infrastructure requirements and their rationale. Key findings are presented and next steps are described that include a second workshop that will consider and agree on priority infrastructure options. This has been circulated on social media and on the project webpage as well as a link sent out by Mailchimp to over 500 subscribers to the project communication database.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ceh.ac.uk/our-science/projects/floods-and-droughts-research-infrastructure-project-fdri
 
Description Workshop 1 - FDRI Scoping Study 
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 Workshop 1 provided a consultative forum where community requirements were invited, synthesised and prioritised (i.e. consensus building). The workshop was a virtual full-day event, facilitated by GameShift consultants using Zoom and making use of its breakout room functionality as well as using software called Mural which enabled all participants to engage with conversations throughout the day, even if there wasn't time to hear all opinions within session time. As a result of the workshop we understood that there was clear enthusiasm and support among participants for the proposed investment in floods and droughts research infrastructure. Feedback was very positive. A closing poll (shared with the 56 attendees) indicated that, of 43 respondents, 65% indicated that their expectations for the workshop had been met or exceeded. This meant that participants thought they were able to demonstrate their support for the investment, highlight their requirements and learn from others (based on introductory Mural aspirations). It was also very rewarding for the team to receive a number of direct complementary messages from attendees. Many of the issues and themes raised will be addressed fully by the project team in advance of Workshop 2, at which we will seek community backing for the FDRI proposals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020