Knowledge for Climate is a research programme for the development of knowledge and services that makes it possible to climate proof the Netherlands. Governmental organisations (central government, provinces, municipalities and water boards) and businesses, actively participate in research programming through the input of additional resources (matching).
Knowledge is developed within the research programme that is necessary to be able to assess investments to be made in spatial planning and infrastructure over the coming twenty years in terms of their resistance to climate change, and for making changes where necessary. It is about climate proofing the Netherlands.
The research programme focuses on eight areas, called hotspots. Investments will also be made in improving climate prediction and climate effect models, with a National Climate Facility established for the purpose. An important part of the programme is Knowledge Transfer and International Cooperation..
The overall aim of CORFU is to enable European and Asian partners to learn from each other through joint investigation, development, implementation and dissemination of short to medium term strategies that will enable more scientifically sound management of the consequences of urban flooding in the future.
Flood impacts in urban areas--potential deaths, damage to infrastructure and health problems in the first instance, and their consequent effects on individuals and communities--and possible responses will be assessed by envisaging different scenarios of relevant drivers: urban development, socio-economic trends and climate changes.
FloodProBE is a European research project with the objective of providing cost-effective solutions for flood risk reduction in urban areas. FloodProBE aims to develop technologies, methods and tools for flood risk assessment and for the practical adaptation of new and existing buildings, infrastructure and flood defences leading to a better understanding of vulnerability, flood resilience and defence performance. This research supports implementation of the Floods Directive through the development of more effective flood risk management strategies. The work is being undertaken in close partnership with industry, and is utilising pilot sites across Europe, to help provide practical industry guidance and cost effective construction solutions.
The aim or ultimate objective of IMPRINTS is to contribute to the reduction of loss of life and economic damage through the improvement of the preparedness and the operational risk management of flash flood and debris flow (from now on FF & DF) generating events, as well as contributing to sustainable development through reducing damages to the environment. To achieve this ultimate objective, the project is oriented to produce methods and tools to be used by practitioners of the emergency agencies and utility companies responsible for the management of FF & DF risks and associated effects. Impacts of future changes, including climatic, land use and socioeconomic changes will be also analysed, in order to provide guidelines for mitigation and adaptation measures.
The aim is to improve the Road to Market of innovative Flood Resilient (FRe) technology by reducing deficiencies and obstacles in the implementation of Flood Resilience Measures, facilitating the design of more holistic flood defence systems and supporting the implementation of the new EU flood risk management policy of “Living with Floods”. New technology, systems and tools will be developed. Guidelines for validating their performance will be established and applied in experimental studies to determine the reliability of today’s Flood Resilience products. .
UrbanFlood is a European funded project under the EU 7th framework Programme investigating the use of sensors within flood embankments to support an online early warning system, real time emergency management and routine asset management. Application of the concepts to support routine asset management, which includes the regular inspection of dikes, will also be considered. UrbanFlood started in December 2009 and will run for 3 years. Partners of UrbanFlood include TNO Information and Communication Technology, the University of Amsterdam and STOWA (Dutch acronym for the Foundation for Applied Water Research) from the Netherlands; HR Wallingford in the UK, ACC Cyfronet AGH in Poland and OOO Siemens in Russia.
This interdisciplinary research Consortium focuses on some of the more recently identified strategic research investigating the prediction and management of flood risk and is the primary UK academic response to this challenge.
Sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC), with additional funding from the EA/Defra (Joint Defra/EA Flood and Coastal Erosion Management R&D Programme), the Northern Ireland Rivers Agency (DARDNI) and Office of Public Works (OPW), Dublin, it is the 2nd phase of the Flood Risk Management Research Consortium (FRMRC), the 1st phase of which was originally launched in February 2004. The concept lying behind this innovative joint funding arangement is that it allows the Consortium to combine the strengths of fundamental and near-market researchers and research philosophies in a truly multi-disciplinary programme.
The HelpDesk for Integrated Flood Management (IFM HelpDesk) is a facility that provides guidance on flood management policy, strategy, and institutional development related to flood issues for countries that want to adopt the Integrated Flood Management concept in close partnership and tailored to the needs of the particular partner, with the aim of helping the partners further in IFM implementation.
The application of the IFM conept in development practice of flood-affected countries and river-basins is a challenge for policy makers, development planners and flood mangers alike. The challenge lies in striking and sustaining an optimal balance between the development needs of those countries (especially influenced by population growth, food and energy security issues) and the risks associated with the use of flood-prone land, within given institutional structures. The IFM HelpDesk defines its role as an impartial and competent partner in this specific area with operational capacities to respond to country's needs in implementing an integrated approach to flood management.