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    The Royal Society of Edinburgh
    22-26 George Street
    EH2 2PQ

How can we learn to live with floods? Challenges for science and management (Conference)

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In the winter of 2015/16, the UK reported the highest 24-hour and 48-hour rainfalls ever recorded. This resulted in catastrophic flooding in the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and Aberdeenshire. At many locations, river flows significantly exceeded previous maxima. Insured losses for the UK reported by the Association of British Insurers in mid-January 2016 were estimated at £1.3 billion. This meeting explored the science underpinning flood risk management and the actions being undertaken by local authorities, SEPA and other public bodies to better manage flood risk and reduce the impact of floods.

During the conference there were a series of talks by leading UK experts on how best to manage flood risk and how this might be enhanced in Scotland.

Registration fee: £25 (£10 discounted student rate) for attending this part of the meeting.

This conference was followed by a discussion forum (5 pm–7.30 pm) where a panel discussed the issues raised throughout the day.

An Advice paper summarising and building upon the outcomes of the Conference can be accessed here.

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Professor Chris Kilsby, University of Newcastle
Dr Nick Reynard, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Professor Hayley Fowler, University of Newcastle
Mark McLaughlin, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Professor David Balmforth, MWH Global
Dr Mark Wilkinson, James Hutton Institute
Mike Cranston, RAB Consulting
Professor Edmund Penning-Rowsell, University of Oxford and Middlesex University
Professor Ioan Fazey, University of Dundee

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