Swansea University researchers poised to start work on new flood risk project
SWANSEA researchers hope to help better deal with the risk of flooding by investigating the affects of floods on defences and urban areas.
They are poised to start work on a £2.2 million FloodMEMORY project, which will look at critical flood scenarios caused by clusters of extreme weather events.
The project, which is being led by Newcastle University, will simulate situations where a second flood may strike before flood defences have been repaired following a first wave of flooding.
The project team is hopeful that by examining such events and identifying the worst case scenarios, better flood resilience measures can be identified.
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The project has received funding of more than £1.7million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Dr Harshinie Karunarathna, senior lecturer in coastal engineering at Swansea University's College of Engineering, said: "We are very excited to be part of this challenging project, which aims to deliver a major advance in the ability to forecast flood impacts."
She added: "Swansea will be leading the work on coastal flood systems, which will employ state-of-the-art coastal area models with the aim of forecasting beach change and coastal flooding from extreme events at long-term time scales."