Dr Christophe Viavattene
Christophe is a Research Fellow at the Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC) and has a background in Geography and Ecology. He joined the Centre in 2007 and is working at the interface of social, economic and physical sciences.
BSc, MSc, PhD
Christophe has skills covering a range of fields including: Ecology, Geography, Modelling and Environmental Economics. His research is mainly focused on understanding how society can better manage the environment and water resources and their associated risks (e.g. flood, drought, pollution). To answer these questions Christophe is looking at how stakeholders may change their behaviour and adopt more sustainable approaches, but also measure the effectiveness of these 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. He is also exploring the potential use of an Agent Based Modelling approach to better reflect the complexity of human decision and the impacts on society. He is working on water trading between Spanish Irrigation communities with the EPI-water project, and on citizen engagement with the WeSenseIt project.
Lower Thames - Phase 4
BritishAcademy: Bargaining with Farmers
Christophe is currently working on two EU projects: EPI-water and WeSenseIt. Both projects are looking at the potential changes in stakeholders behaviour in the context of water resources management. EPI-water through the use of economic policy instruments and WeSenseIt through the enhancement of knowledge as a result of advanced technologies (physical and social sensors).
Christophe is also working on improving the assessment of flood losses (Multi-coloured Manual Update and Conhaz). Christophe is involved in the Centre’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training course 'An Introduction to Flood Benefits Appraisal'. Christophe has contributed to a project assessing the costs of the summer 2007 floods. In FRMRC2 he assessed the uncertainties in the economic appraisal of non structural strategies.
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. He completed his thesis at the Ecole Nationale Des Mines de Paris. His thesis focussed on the cost-benefit analysis of the impact of future nitrogen diffused pollution scenarios on the groundwater resources of the Seine River Basin. This involved groundwater modelling, GIS techniques and Agent based modelling approaches.
Tools currently under development/developed:
- 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)
Current Research Student Supervision:
2012 – 2015: Ali Alahmari - The potential benefits of rainwater harvesting for urban areas in Saudi Arabia
2009 – 2013: Meghan Alexander -'Social Vulnerability, Flooding and Risk Communication: Developing tailored GIS-based decision support systems and emergency flood incident management'.
Alexander, M., Viavattene, C., Faulkner, H. and Priest, S. (IN PRESS). 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.