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A large-scale systems approach to flood risk assessment and management

SYSTEM-RISK is a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network which aims on developing and implementing a systems approach for large-scale flood risk assessment and management and provides a framework for training and career development of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). SYSTEM-RISK performs leading-edge research with spotlights on three essential pillars of flood risk research:

  • Risk chain: considering the complete risk chain from the Sources through the Pathways to the Receptors and Consequences.
  • Interactions: augmenting the Source-Pathway-Receptors-Consequences‘ model by putting interactions centre stage and, in this way, replacing the traditional linear approach of the risk chain by a more realistic approach with interdependent linkages between physical and societal processes which finally shape the spatio-temporal flood risk.
  • Temporal dynamics: investigating the time-varying nature of flood risk and its components on different time scales, as for instance hours to days when flood defence failures change flood probabilities, months to years when people learn from damaging floods and improve private precaution, or decades to centuries when human settlements in floodplains evolve.

FHRC are leading two ESR projects:

  • ESR 11 aims to assess and evaluate the interconnections between flood management approaches, in particular the balance between individual and collective action (ESR: Lydia Cumiskey, supervisor: Dr Sally Priest).
  • ESR 12 is investigating indirect flood impacts on businesses and supply chains (ESR: Friederike Holz, supervisor: Dr Christophe Viavattene).

For more information and news on the project, see the SYSTEM-RISK website and Twitter page.

Funder: European Union's EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020: Marie-Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network

Duration: 2016-2019

FHRC contact: Dr Sally Priest

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