Flooding is a significant natural hazard in many areas around the world, including the UK and the Netherlands. Flood risk is a combination of hazard with exposure and vulnerability to the flood, which depend on various socio-economic, cultural, historical and political factors. To reduce this flood risk there has been a global shift to Flood Risk Management (FRM). However since flood risk factors vary significantly around the world, flood management is location-specific, leading to different impacts on flood risk. These impacts include the socio-hydrology (the interaction of hydrology and society) concepts of the ‘Levee Effect’ and ‘Adaptation Effect’.
There are, however, opportunities to evaluate and learn from successful approaches of flood management to reduce flood risk in the Anthropocene. Our research focuses on changing flood risk and Flood Risk Management in the UK and Netherlands, and evaluates the impact of these risk-based strategies on flood risk and its socio-hydrological elements.

This research is done by Lucinda Capewell.

Featured publications:

  • Capewell et al., 2018 – Is risk perception changing with evolving fluvial flood risk management practices in the UK and Netherlands?

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