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

Postgraduate Supervision

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)

Selected Publications:

Van Dongeren, A., Ciavola, P., Viavattene, C., De Kleermaeker, S., Martinez, G., Ferreira, O., Costa C. and R. McCall, 2014. RISC-KIT: Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts – toolkit. In: Green, A.N. and Cooper, J.A.G. (eds.), Proceedings 13th International Coastal Symposium (Durban, South Africa), Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 66, pp. xxx-xxx, ISSN 0749-0208. Under Review

J. B. Ellis* and C. Viavattene(2013). Sustainable Urban Drainage System Modeling for Managing Urban Surface Water Flood Risk. Clean – Soil, Air, Water 2013, 41

V. Meyer, N. Becker, V. Markantonis, R. Schwarze, J.C.J.M. van den Bergh, L.M. Bouwer, P. Bubeck, P. Ciavola, E. Genovese, C. Green, S. Hallegatte, H. Kreibich, Q. Lequeux, I. Logar, E. Papyrakis, C. Pfurtscheller, J. Poussin, V. Przyluski, A.H. Thieken, C. Viavattene (2013). Assessing the cost of natural hazards - state of the art and knowledge gaps. Natural hazards and earth system sciences. 13, 1351-1373

Edmund Penning-Rowsell, Sally Priest, Dennis Parker, Joe Morris, Sylvia Tunstall, Christophe Viavattene, John Chatterton, Damon Owen (2013) Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management A Manual for Economic Appraisal. Springer Edition

Alexander, M., Viavattene, C., Faulkner, H. and Priest, S. (2013). Translating the complexities of flood risk science using KEEPER - A Knowledge exchange exploratory tool for professionals in emergency management Journal of Flood Risk Management".

Revitt, D.M., Lundy, L., Eriksson, E. and Viavattene, C. (2012) Comparison of pollutant emission control strategies for cadmium and mercury in urban water systems using substance flow analysis. Journal of Environmental Management.

Viavattene C. and Faulkner H. (2012). An uncertainty index to measure the feasibility of whole life cycle costing approach in flood risk management. Journal of flood risk management.

Meyer, V., Kuhlicke, C., Luther, J., Fuchs, S., Priest, S., Dorner, W., Serrhini, K., Pardoe, J., McCarthy, S., Seidel, J., Scheuer,S., Palka, G., Unnerstall, H., Viavattene, C. (2012) Recommendations for the user-specific enhancement of flood maps. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences

Viavattene, C. and Ellis, J.B (2012) The management of urban surface water flood risks during extreme events. Water Science & Technology.

Ellis, J.B., Viavattene, C., Chlebek, J. and Hetherington, D. 2012 The challenge of integrated modelling approaches to define and manage urban surface water exceedance flows. Water Management. (Special Volume on Flood Modelling).

Viavattene, C.,Ellis, J. B., Revitt, D. M., Sieker, H. and Peters, C. (2010). The application of a GIS-based SUDS selection tool for the evaluation of hydrologic performance and storm flow reduction. Accepted for the Proceedings of NovaTech 2010, 7th International Conference on Sustainable Techniques and Strategies in Urban Water Management, 27 June – 1 July 2010, Lyon, France.

Penning-Rowsell E., Viavattene C.,Pardoe J., Chatterton J.,Parker D. and Joe Morris (2010). The benefits of flood and coastal risk management: a handbook of assessment techniques -2010.

Edmund Penning-Rowsell, David Cotterell, Owen Tarrant, Christophe Viavattene, Joanna Pardoe, John Chatterton (2010). The changing nature of flood damage. Flood and Coastal Risk Management Conference.

Chatterton J., Viavattene C., Morris J., Penning-Rowsell E. Tapsell S. (2010). The costs of the summer 2007 floods in England. Science report Project SC070039/R1.

Viavattene C., Faulkner H. (2009). An uncertainty index to measure the feasibility of whole life cycle costing approach in flood risk management. Cost Action C22 "Road Map Towards a Flood Resilient Urban Environment" Paris 26/27.11.2009

Chen A.S., Viavattene C., Faulkner H., Blanksby J., Djordjevic S., Saul A.J., Savic D.A. (2009). Urban flood risk communication using modelling results. Cost Action C22 "Road Map Towards a Flood Resilient Urban Environment" Paris 26/27.11.2009

Viavattene C., Revitt M., Scholes L., Donner E., Cerk M., Erikson E., Seriki K. (2009). Development of a database to support the assessment of potential source control and treatment options for priority pollutants. SETAC 2009 conference – Plateform, Goteborg, 31st may – 4th June 2009.

Barraque B., Viavattene C. (2009). Eau des Villes et Eau des champs : Vers des accords coopératifs entre services publics et agriculteurs ? Economie rurale n°310.

Tapsell, S.M., Priest, S.J., Wilson, T., Viavattene, C. and Penning-Rowsell, E.C (2008). A new model to estimate risk to life for European flood events. FloodRisk 2008 conference, Oxford, 30th September to 3rd October 2008.

Viavattene C., Scholes L., Revitt D.M., Ellis J.B. (2008). A GIS based decision support system for the implementation of Stormwater Best Management Practices. 11th International Conference on Urban Drainage – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. 9p.

Priest, S.J., Wilson, T., Tapsell, S., Penning-Rowsell, E., Viavattene, C. & Fernandez-Bilbao, A. (2007). Building a model to estimate Risk to Life for European flood events. Milestone report T10-07-10 for the Integrated Project FLOOD-site. Enfield: Flood Hazard Research Centre

Viavattene C., Monget J-M., Ledoux E., Barraque B. (2006). Cost-benefit analysis of the impact of future nitrogen diffused pollution scenarios on the groundwater resources of the Seine River Basin. International Association of Hydrogeologist -SP Series.

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).

Current Research: RISC-KIT

Multi-Coloured Manual update


Previous Research:


ConHaz: Costs of Natural Hazards

SWITCH - Managing water for the city of the future

Source Control Options for Reducing Emissions of Priority Pollutants (ScorePP)


Flood Risk Management Research Consortium Phase 2 (FRMRC2)

Summer Floods

Lower Thames - Phase 4


BritishAcademy: Bargaining with Farmers