Professor Phil Ashworth said: “This is an exceptional opportunity to make major advances in our understanding of the magnitude, location and environmental controls on future flood hazard and risk around the globe. Brighton will be leading one of four Work Packages that will model population exposure and risk before, during and after major natural flood disasters. We will create new high-resolution data on population response and mobility during floods and tie this into our models of flood predictions for the coming decades.”
The EvoFlood project assembles an expert team from nine universities to integrate research skills in hydrology, earth observation, geomorphology, flood modelling, and population projection.
Professor Dan Parsons, Director of the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull, and Professor Steve Darby at the University of Southampton, are the Project leads. In addition, there will be input from the universities of Oxford, Bristol, Reading, Birmingham, Exeter and Durham, alongside the work done by the University of Brighton.
Professor Parsons said: “Reliable tools are urgently needed to predict how flood hazard and exposure will change in the years and decades to come. Existing state-of-the-art Global Flood Models (GFMs) are used to simulate the probability of flooding across the Earth, but they are not without their limitations.”
Professor Darby added: ”Existing Global Flood Models do not represent the ways in which river channels and floodplains change through time by erosion and sedimentation. These GFMs instead treat rivers as fixed 'static pipes’. If rivers become shallower or wider, then their capacity to contain floods changes over time. Existing models that neglect this process therefore make poor predictions over the long term. It is this limitation that the EvoFlood team will tackle.”