Christophe is currently working on two EU projects: Risc-kit and WeSenseIt. In the WeSenseIt project, Christophe is looking at the potential changes in stakeholders' behaviour in the context of water resources management through the enhancement of knowledge as a result of advanced technologies (physical and social sensors). In Risc-Kit Christophe is leading a Work Package aiming at developing a coastal risk assessment framework. Christophe is also working on improving the assessment of flood losses for the Multi-Coloured Manual (MCM). Christophe is involved in the Centre's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) trainingprogramme ( "an introduction to flood benefits appraisal" course). Christophe has contributed to a project assessing the costs of the summer 2007 floods.
Recently he was involved in the EU EPI-water project looking at the use of economic policy instrument for water management. Christophe worked closely with the Urban Pollution Research Centre in two European projects (SWITCH and SCOREPP). Christophe's role in the SWITCH project was to develop a Decision Support System (DSS) based on GIS interfaces (SUDSLOC) and to couple it with a storm water model and a 2 dimensional flood model. The DSS aimed to demonstrate best management practices in storm water management. In SCOREPP he was in charge of the development of a database to support the visualisation of Priority Pollutant treatment options and he led the economic analysis of the options.
As the lead researcher for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at FHRC, Christophe was involved in undertaking the mapping component of the EU RiskMap project and in the mapping of risk to life for the European FLOODsite project.
Christophe joined the centre in 2007 following an 8-month post-doc at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees and the completion of a PhD thesis at the Ecole Nationale Des Mines de Paris, focusing on the cost-benefit analysis of the impact of future nitrogen diffused pollution scenarios on the groundwater resources of the Seine River Basin involving groundwater modelling, GIS techniques and Agent based modelling approaches.
BSc, MSc, PhD
2012 – 2015: Ali Alahmari 'The potential benefits of rainwater harvesting for urban areas in Saudi Arabia'
Completed 2013: Meghan Alexander 'Social Vulnerability, Flooding and Risk Communication: Developing tailored GIS-based decision support systems and emergency flood incident management'.
Tools currently developed/under development:
· SUDSLOC : a GIS based DSS for the identification of appropriate BMPs (SWITCH)
· A RiskToLife Model for GIS application (FLOODsite)
· WLCC_UI tool and a GIS based add-on tool for emergency services (FRMRC2)
Learning & Teaching Interests
Research Outputs & Interests
With skills covering a wide range of fields (Ecology, Geography, Modelling, Environmental Economics), Christophe's research is mainly focused on understanding how society can better manage the environment through the lens of the water resources and their associated risks (e.g. flood, drought, pollution). To answer these questions he is looking at how stakeholders may change their behaviour and adopt more sustainable approaches, but also at measuring the effectiveness of theses changes in terms of environmental, economic and social impacts. To better promote the research outputs, Christophe is interested in the development of innovative decision support tools for stakeholder needs. Christophe is also exploring the potential use of Agent Based Modelling approaches to better reflect the complexity of human decision and the impacts on the society (on water trading between Spanish Irrigation communities (EPI-water), on citizen engagement (WeSenseIt).
Ballesteros, Caridad and Jiménez, José and Viavattene, Christophe (2017) A multi-component flood risk assessment in the Maresme coast (NW Mediterranean). Natural Hazards . ISSN 0921-030X (Published online first)
Viavattene, Christophe and Jiminez, Jose and Ferreira, Oscar and Priest, Sally J. and Owen, Damon and McCall, Robert (2017) Selecting coastal hotspots to storm impacts at the regional scale: a Coastal Risk Assessment Framework. Coastal Engineering . ISSN 0378-3839 (Published online first)
Cumiskey, Lydia and Priest, Sally J. and Valchev, Nikolay and Viavattene, Christophe and Costas, Susana and Clarke, Joseph (2017) A framework to include the (inter)dependencies of Disaster Risk Reduction measures in coastal risk assessment. Coastal Engineering . ISSN 0378-3839 (Published online first)
Mcglade, K. and Barquet, K. and Bogaard, T. and Ciavola, P. and Van Dongeren, Ap and Ferreira, Oscar and Higgins, R. and Martinez, Grit and McCall, Robert and Stelljes, N. and Viavattene, Christophe (2017) RISC-KIT synthesis report. Project Report. Risc-kit project. (Published online first)
Christie, E. K. and Spencer, T. and Owen, Damon and McIvor, A. and Möller, I. and Viavattene, Christophe (2017) Regional coastal food risk assessment for a tidally dominant, natural coastal setting: North Norfolk, southern North Sea. Coastal Engineering . ISSN 0378-3839 (Accepted/In press)