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Integrated Flood Risk Analysis and Management Methodologies

Reference no: GOCE-CT-2004-505420
Acronym: FLOODsite
Period: March 2004 till February 2009
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Basins; Estuaries; Management; Prevention; Prevention; Prevention; Risk assessment; Risk assessment; Risk assessment; Rivers

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  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Laboratory of Hydraulics and Hydraulic Works, more, partner
  • Middlesex University, more, partner
  • University of Twente, more, partner
  • Polish Academy of Sciences; Institute of Hydroengineering (IBW PAN), more, partner
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), more, partner
  • University of Plymouth (UOP), more, partner
  • INFRAM (INFRAM), more, partner
  • University of Bologna (UNIBO), more, partner

Floods from rivers, estuaries and the sea threaten many millions of people in Europe. Flooding is the most widely distributed of all natural hazards across Europe, causing distress and damage wherever it happens. Previous research has improved understanding of individual factors but many complex interactions need to be addressed for flood mitigation in practice. Thus the first round of the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Commission (2002-2006) includes an “Integrated Project” on flood risk management, called FLOODsite. To achieve the goal of integrated flood risk management, FLOODsite brings together managers, researchers and practitioners from a range of government, commercial and research organisations, all devoted to various, but complementary, aspects of flood risk management. The FLOODsite project covers the physical, environmental, ecological and socio-economic aspects of floods from rivers, estuaries and the sea. The project is arranged into seven themes covering:
1.       Risk analysis – hazard sources, pathways and vulnerability of receptors.
2.       Risk management – pre-flood measures and flood emergency management.
3.       Technological integration – decision support and uncertainty.
4.       Pilot applications – for river, estuary and coastal sites.
5.       Training and knowledge uptake – guidance for professionals, public information and educational material.
6.       Networking, review and assessment.
7.       Co-ordination and management.
Within these themes there are over 30 project tasks including the pilot applications in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK.
FLOODsite will deliver:
An integrated, European, methodology for flood risk analysis and management.
Consistency of approach to the causes, control and impacts of flooding from rivers, estuaries and the sea.
Techniques and knowledge to support integrated flood risk management:
Sustainable “pre-flood” measures (spatial planning, flood defence infrastructure and measures to reduce vulnerability).
Flood event management (early warning, evacuation and emergency response).
Post-event activities (review and regeneration).
Dissemination of this knowledge.
Networking and integration with other EC national and international research.
FLOODsite is the largest ever EC research project on floods, and is scheduled to take 5 years. It brings together scientists from many disciplines along with public and private sector involvement. The project consortium includes 36 institutions from 13 Countries of the EU.

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THESEUS is funded by the European Commission within FP7-THEME 6 - Environment, including climate.
Grant 244104
1 December 2009 - 30 November 2013
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