Flood Hazard Research Centre
11/06/13. We are pleased to announce that the paper ‘Validating the return period of rainfall thresholds used for Extreme Rainfall Alerts by linking rainfall intensities with observed surface water flood events’, recently published in the Journal of Flood Risk Management, has been selected by the journal's Editor and Editorial Board as the winning paper of the ‘Outstanding Paper Award 2012’. Congratulations to Professor Dennis Parker and Dr Sally Priest who were co-authors on this paper!
04/06/13. A new floods book, Flood Risk Management: A Strategic Approach, was launched at the Asia-Pacific Water Forum on Sunday 19 May 2013 and is currently listed as the Editor's Choice on the Asian Development Bank website. Professor Edmund Penning-Rowsell co-authored the book, which results from an international collaborative effort to explore and distil best practice approaches to flood risk management in challenging large scale and inter-related environments. The book is available for free download from here.
07/05/13. The International Conference on Flood Resilience (ICFR): Experiences in Asia and Europe, organised by the Centre for Water Systems at the University of Exeter, is being held on the 5 - 7 September 2013 in Exeter. For further information and registration details please go to the ICFR website.
An Introduction to the Flood Hazard Research Centre
The Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC) is an interdisciplinary centre based at Middlesex University in the School of Science and Technology. We specialise in the interaction between people and the environment, together with the analysis and appraisal of environmental policies. Our aim is to develop our understanding of the relations between people, water and the environment, in order to reduce the risks from natural hazards and improve policies for current and future generations. In particular, we are interested in the environmental and societal dimensions of natural hazards such as different factors of change, vulnerability reduction and capacity building, governance and decision making.
The centre staff work across a range of disciplines including geography, economics, sociology, social anthropology, and environmental science. We have a PhD and Masters level training programme and run professional training courses for Environment Agency, local authority and consultancy staff.
We have many years experience of working with government bodies in the UK and overseas. In the last four decades, FHRC has produced four Manuals bringing together information on the impacts of flooding and coastal erosion and incorporating data on flood damages. Our Manuals are the industry standard in England and Wales for use in economic appraisal. The latest “Multi-Coloured Handbook - 2010” is available for purchase online. A revised and updated version of the Manual and data will be available from mid 2013. You can find out more about the 2013 update here.
Our reputation and expertise is informed by an up-to-date view of the state of the art in the relevant research areas. This is reflected by our portfolio of past and current research projects.
We welcome collaboration with any interested research bodies and individuals.
Advice and Support for People Affected by Flooding
If you have been flooded or are at risk from flooding you may find the following organisations and web links useful: