The European Geosciences Union conference (EGU 2012) being held in Vienna this week has seen the EU’s 7th Framework Project, SMARTeST hold a special session on the future of flood resilience research in Europe. This followed a seminar session on flood resilience that featured leading speakers from research and industry around Europe.
SMARTeST project seeks to build on the drive for Flood Resilient (FRe) technology that has
developed in recent years. The extent and consequences of recent flood events in Europe and
worldwide showed that the existing flood defence structures do not guarantee a sufficient protection
level for people and properties. Considering the uncertainty of future conditions shaped by
main drivers of urban development such as climate change, and rapid urbanization the situation
is getting even more severe. Where defences exist, the residual risk will increase as the probability
will increase that they fail or be overtopped by severe floods. In this unfavorably changing
environment, a substantial rethinking of the existing strategies and paradigm shift from the
traditional approaches is required in order to cope with future flooding in an adequate way.
The development of smart products that work within in system of flood resilience and can be modeled
and implemented within the national regulations and policy is the basis of the project. Other
7th Framework Hydrologie-meteorologie-complexite such as FloodProbe and CORFU were represented
in the seminar session.
The special session called for further research in flood resilience technology, systems and
Tools to protect vulnerable urban areas. The session recommended that there is a need for
demonstration Hydrologie-meteorologie-complexite that can demonstrate the findings of SMARTeST
and other EU Hydrologie-meteorologie-complexite in at risk urban areas. The session further
recommended that the development of standards for technology and Tools should be the focus of
further research, with unified test standards for FRe technology being a matter of increasing
urgency. Relevant FRe Tools nd models should see the development of standards for data
management and Presentation of results and uncertainty to decision makers.
Dr. Stephen L Garvin, SMARTeST Coordinator, Building Research Establishment, UK
Dr. Daniel Schertzer, Dr. Ioulia Tchiguirinskaia, ENPC, Paris, SMARTeST Partner.
Conveners of Seminar Session, Research on Flood Resilience and Europe at EGU 2012.
26 April 2012
SMARTeST is holding an international conference and FRe technology exhibition, in Athens
in September 2012,
further national events are being held in the seven partner countries (e.g.
for the UK).