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New developments in Hydrometry

14th January, University of Exeter

Programme:

Translating cosmic-ray neutrons to soil moisture at sub-kilometre scales: Implications to eco-hydrometeorology, Rafael Rosolem, University of Bristol

Dilution gauging, a new era?, Nik Whalley, Hydro-Logic Services

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The international workshop on urban pluvial flood modelling was held at the Met Office headquarters

Exeter, on 6th October 2014.

The workshop provided an opportunity for experts to share and discuss ideas around the topic of urban pluvial flood modelling, forecasting and management: recent developments were discussed, and recurrent challenges were reviewed. New challenges were also identified, challenges which have emerged as a consequence of the increasing availability of data, model complexity, an ever changing urban society, as well as the difficulties posed by both technological and administrative barriers, amongst other factors. The workshop served to emphasise that, although fast progress has been made in the modelling and forecasting of urban pluvial flooding over the last few years, more needs to be done to bridge the large gap that still exists between research and operational systems.

http://www.raingain.eu/en/6th-october-2014-international-workshop-urban-pluvial-flood-modelling

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After the Flood - moving forward in the South West

Friday 20 June 2014

Programme:

The winter floods the ICE’s response. Prof David Balmforth, ICE Vice President 

The UK storms of winter 2013/2014, Mike Kendon, Met Office National Climate Information Centre

Why is it so difficult to predict flood risk?  Dr Thomas Kjeldsen, Bath University  

Modelling the impacts of floods - experiences from Europe and Asia.  Dr Michael Hammond, Exeter University  

Flood resilience in Devon Commuinities. John Galt, Devon County Council 

2014 Somerset Levels and Moors Flooding. David Peake, Nicola Dawson Somerset County Council   

After the Flood - moving forward in the SW.  John Young, Edenvale Young  

Does Planning Work? (with regard to Flood Risk).  Paul Jenkin, Peter Brett Associates

The South West - a resilient future?  Nick Lyness, Environment Agency

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End-To-End Forecasting Uncertainty

7th May 2014, UK Met Office 

Programme:

1400 Tea and Coffee 

1430 Latest Developments in Precipitation Forecasting R&D, STEPS replacement – ensemble forecasting.

        Clive Pierce, Senior Forecasting Scientist, Met Office 

1500 Implementing short range, high resolution precipitation forecasts in hydrological ensemble forecasts.

        Adrian Wynn/David Price, Senior Flood Forecaster, Flood Forecasting Centre 

1530 Integrating probabilistic forecasts operationally – Environment Agency’s probabilistic flood forecasting strategy

        Katherine Self, FCRM Advisor, Environment Agency 

1600 Making sense of probabilistic flood forecasts – decision support methods

        Murray Dale, Hydrometeorologist & Senior Technologist, CH2M-HILL, Exeter 

1630 Meeting closure 

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 Quantitative Precipitation Estimation with Weather Radars


26th February 2014, University of Bristol, Department of Civil Engineering, Queen's Building, University Walk, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1TR, Lecture Room 1.15.
 
Programme: 
1645  Tea and Coffee
1700  Merging Radar Rainfall with Raingauge Measurements to Improve Rainfall Estimation
         Dr Sharon Jewell, Met Office
1730  Improving data quality with dual-polarisation radars
         Dr Miguel A Rico-Ramirez, University of Bristol
1800  Renewing the UK weather radar network
         Dr Katie Norman, Met Office
1830  Meeting closure
 

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Innovative Alternatives for Nutrient Management in the Rivers Frome & Piddle

Tuesday 15th January 2013 @ 1730-1900, Queens Building, University of Bristol, BS8 1TR.

Flyer: Nutrient Management in the rivers Frome and Piddle   

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Flood Forecasting Centre & Hazard Centre Visit

21st November 2012 @ 1330, Conference Room 1, Met Office, FitzRoy Road, Exeter, Devon, EX1 3PB.

A meeting of CIWEM Rivers and Coastal Group and British Hydrological Society.

Flyer: Flood Forecasting Centre

The Flood Forecasting Centre (FFC) is a partnership between the Environment Agency and the Met Office. It was set up following the summer flooding in 2007 and the Pitt Review, which recommended the two organisations work together to provide a complete picture of flood risk and longer lead times.  It is the first operational hydrometeorology unit in the UK.

Adjacent to the FFC is the Hazard Centre.  The Hazard Centre was established in April 2011 to offer advice, forecasts and warnings around a wide range of natural hazards, both weather and non-weather related. It also hosts, what will become, the first operational space weather prediction centre outside America.

The FFC and Hazard Centre are both based in the Met Office Operations Centre in Exeter and this session will provide an insight into what happens on a day-to-day operational basis and how our customers use the products and services.

Programme:

13:30 hrs               Arrive at Met Office, tea and coffee available

13:45 hrs               Welcome by Chair (Russell Turner, Hydrometeorology Service Manager, FFC)

13:50 hrs               2012 Summer Floods (Will Lang, Chief Hydrometeorologist)

14:20 hrs               FFC & Hydrometeorology (Andrew Lane, FFC Hydrometeorologist)

14:40 hrs               Forecasting Extreme Rainfall Events (Keith Fenwick, FFC Hydrometeorologist)

15:10 hrs               Operational Coastal Flood Forecasting (Holly Denning, FFC Hydrometeorologist)

15:40 hrs               Hazard Centre (Andrew Sibley, Met Office Hazard Centre)

16:10 hrs               Refreshments & optional small group tours of the FFC & Hazard Centre

17:00 hrs               Event closure 

Location maps

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/contact/in-exeter  

IMPACT OF BLOCKAGE ON FLOOD RISK

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, CIVIL ENGINEERING, 31ST JULY 2012, 1600-1800.

A meeting of the British Hydrological Society South West Section.

Place: Queen’s Building, University of Bristol, lecture room 1.15QB, University Walk, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1TR.

Date: 31 July 2012 @ 4pm-6pm.

Conveners: Oliver Pollard, Environment Agency

Flyer: Impact of Blockage on Flood Risk

A blockage in a culvert can be very difficult to remove and likely to result in a severe flood risk. For these reasons the provision of a debris screen at the entrance to the culvert is often considered. Such a screen can reduce the risk of a blockage inside a culvert, but introduces a significant maintenance obligation (to ensure that the screen is kept clean) which far exceeds the typical maintenance requirements of an open watercourse. The build-up of trash can be rapid, and the consequences can be severe in terms of flood damage to local properties and infrastructure. Many more problems have been caused by blocked screens than have resulted from blocked culverts. Flood warnings manage the residual flood risk but often ignore the impact of blockage.

This meeting includes four presentations on the various aspects of managing the flood risk due to blockage. The first presentation explores the use of real-time technology such as webcams to monitor flood blockages. The second presentation takes a broad look at good practice in the inspection, maintenance and operation of culverts and refers to the latest guidance provided in CIRIAs recently produced Culvert Design and Operation Guide. The third presentation will look at modelling the impact of blockage on flood risk to provide data useful in both the design and operation of culverts. The final presentation will provide an update on how to design operational flood forecasting models to take account of blockage rather than ignore it.

Programme:

1545-1600  Registration and Coffee

1600-1605  Meeting introduction

                   Oliver Pollard, Environment Agency

1605-1630  Flood blockage monitoring

                   Nik Whalley, Hydro-Logic Consultants

1630-1700  Good practice - Inspection, maintenance and operation of culverts

                   Matt Balkham, Royal Haskoning DHV

1700-1730 Modelling the impact of blockage on flood risk

                   Gary Deakin, JBA Consulting

1730-1800 The role of structure blockage in flood risk at Ashton Vale, Bristol

                   Dr Chris Whitlow, Edenvale Young Consultants

1800           Meeting Closure

Directions to the University of Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/university/maps/ 

University of Bristol precinct map: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/university/maps/precinct.html

 

PORLOCK BAY – CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN PRACTICE – SITE VISIT

TUESDAY 17TH JULY 2012

Flyer: Porlock Bay – Climate Change Adaptation in Practice – Site Visit

Contact:  Daniel Fitzgerald

 

SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT PLANS

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, 22nd  FEBRUARY 2012.

Joint meeting of the British Hydrological Society South West Section and CIWEM South West Branch.

Place: Queen’s Building, University of Bristol, lecture room 1.15QB, University Walk, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1TR.

Date: 22nd February 2012 @ 5pm-7.15pm.

Conveners: Dr. Rob Sweet

Flyer: Surface Water Management Plans

Following the release of Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP) Guidance, Defra Early Action Funding and more recently the requirements of the Flood and Water Management Act, the development of SWMPs has been progressing. SWMPs provide a staged approach in the assessment of the surface water flood risk to enable appropriate management and mitigation to be implemented over a range of spatial and temporal scales. This meeting is an opportunity for hydrologists, flood risk managers, spatial planners and Lead Local Flood Authorities to hear from experts in their field about SWMPs, the approaches taken due to differing priorities and their continued development.

Programme:

1700  Registration and Coffee

1730  Meeting introduction

1735  The Bristol SWMP Approach

         Patrick Goodey, Assistant Flood Risk Engineer

1740  Bristol City Surface Water Management Plan – Development and Application 

         Patrick Goodey, Assistant Flood Risk Engineer & Paul Davies, Associate Bristol City Council & Arup

1800  Wiltshire Surface Water Management Plan –Spatial Planning Perspective

         Geoff Winslow, Team Leader - Minerals and Waste Policy, Wiltshire Council

1825  Drain London – Tier 2 Modelling

         Tom Edwards, Senior Hydraulic Modeller, URS

1850  Questions and discussion

1915  Meeting Closure

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MARY TAVY HYDRO ELECTRIC POWER STATION EVENING SITE VISIT

TUESDAY 18TH OCTOBER 2011,

Flyer: Hydro Electric Power Station Site Visit

Contact:  Daniel Fitzgerald

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FLOOD FORECASTING CENTRE & HAZARD CENTRE VISIT

MET OFFICE, 21ST NOVEMBER 2011.

Place: Met Office, Exeter.

Date: 21st November 2011 @ 1330.

Venue: Conference Room 1, Met Office, FitzRoy Road, Exeter, Devon, EX1 3PB.

Organiser: Peter Dempsey, Met Office; Chrissy Mitchell, CIWEM.

Flyer: Flood Forecasting Centre & Hazard Centre Visit

The Flood Forecasting Centre (FFC) is a partnership between the Environment Agency and the Met Office. It was set up following the summer flooding in 2007 and the Pitt Review, which recommended the two organisations work together to provide a complete picture of flood risk and longer lead times.  It is the first operational hydrometeorology unit in the UK.

Adjacent to the FFC is the Hazard Centre.  The Hazard Centre was established in April 2011 to offer advice, forecasts and warnings around a wide range of natural hazards, both weather and non-weather related. It also hosts, what will become, the first operational space weather prediction centre outside America.

The FFC and Hazard Centre are both based in the Met Office Operations Centre in Exeter and this session will provide an insight into what happens on a day-to-day operational basis and how our customers use the products and services.

Programme:

 1330  Arrive at Met Office, tea and coffee available

 1345  Welcome by Chair (Russell Turner, Hydrometeorology Service Manager, FFC)

 1350  FFC & Hydrometeorology (Victoria Dodds, Senior Hydrometeorologist, FFC)

 1420  Forecasting Extreme Rainfall Events (Gavin Robbins, Senior Hydrometeorologist, FFC)

 1440  Operational Coastal Flood Forecasting (Holly Denning, Hydrometeorologist, FFC)

 1510  Hazard Centre (Andrew Sibley, Hazard Centre Forecaster, Met Office)

 1540  A Customer’s Perspective (Chris Cranston, Operations & Communication Manager, Devon County Council)

 1610  Refreshments & optional small group tours of the FFC & Hazard Centre

 1700  Event closure

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND HYDROLOGY: A REGIONAL TO GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

UNIVERSITY OF EXETER, WEDNESDAY 6th JULY 2011.

 

Place: University of Exeter.

Date: Wednesday 6th July 2011 @ 1400-1645.

Venue: Harrison Building, Streatham Campus (Building number 23, North Park Road).

Organiser: Murray Dale, Hydrometeorologist, Halcrow Group

Flyer: Climate Change and Hydrology

Climate change adaptation is moving on apace, in the UK as well as across the globe. In the water environment the impacts are now well understood by many: there are obvious impacts on water resources (demand & supply) and on changes in flood risk, but there are many other impacts too. With the recent release of the new UK probabilistic climate change scenarios (UKCP09), Defra’s Adaptation Reporting Power and major investment on adaptation and water security on a global scale, this meeting is a timely reminder of how we are managing climate change impacts on hydrology. The speakers are covering a range of topics, from industry to research and from the UK and abroad.

Programme: 

 1400  Registration & tea/coffee

 1415  Meeting Introduction

           Murray Dale, Hydrometeorologist, Halcrow Group

 1430  Climate Change Adaptation in South West Water and Beyond

           Neil Whiter, South West Water

 1500  Climate change planning in the water industry: case examples from recent studies in the UK

           Peter von Lany, Halcrow Group Ltd

 1530  System Dynamics Modelling applied for the evaluation of water-related security threats due to climate change;

          Poster1 & Poster2

           Dr Lydia Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter

 1600  Climate change impacts on water in India – findings from an Asian Development Bank funded project

           Dr Bernd Eggen

 1630  Final questions

 1645  Meeting close

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FLOOD FORECASTING FOR SMALL CATCHMENTS

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH, FRIDAY 17th JUNE 2011.

A Joint British Hydrological Society and ICE South West seminar at the University of Plymouth.

Meeting organiser: Martin Borthwick

Place: University of Plymouth.

Date: 17th June 2011 @ 1pm-5.30pm.

Venue: Rolle Building, Univ. of Plymouth (building no. 34 on the attached campus map) – room to be confirmed

Chairman: Nick Lyness, Wessex Area Flood & Coastal Risk Manager, Environment Agency

Flyer: Flood Forecasting for Small Catchments

The devastating effects of river flash flooding on communities are well known (Boscastle being a notable example in recent years). A key factor in managing such flood risk is the need for efficient warning. The problem of forecasting floods in small, steep and relatively impermeable catchments is compounded by the short lead times for predicting rain storm development and the rapid response of the catchment to the storm event.

This seminar brings together experts from the public and private sector to discuss the science and practice of flood forecasting for small catchments and the lessons learned and challenges from an operational standpoint.

Programme

 1300  Lunch and Registration

 1345  Welcome and Introduction

           Nick Lyness, Wessex Area Flood & Coastal Risk Manager, Environment Agency

 1400  Flood Forecasting Challenges arising from the Cornwall Flash Flood Event of 17 Nov 2010

           Mark Russell, Flood Forecasting Team Leader, Environment Agency SW

 1425  Rapid Response Catchments – Probabilistic Forecasting Options

           Murray Dale, Hydrometeorologist, Halcrow Group

 1450  Flood Forecasting for Small Catchments – NE experience

           Paul Wass, Hydrologist, JBA

 1515  Q & A session

 1530  Tea/Coffee Break

 1545  Probabilistic Flood Forecasting for Small Catchments using the G2G model

           Dr Steve Cole, Senior Hydrological Modeller, CEH Wallingford

 1610  Rapid Response Catchments – The Operational Perspective

           Andrew Houghton, Operations Delivery Project, Manager, Environment Agency

 1635  Addressing Rapid Response Catchments through land management techniques

           Nigel Hester, Projects & Grant Manager, National Trust

 1700  Q & A session

 1730  End of Seminar

CPD: This event may be considered for contributing to a recognised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme as part of personal development. Delegates should check their individual scheme requirements.

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CONTINUOUS SIMULATION: APPLICATIONS IN HYDROLOGY

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, 6th APRIL 2011.

A Joint British Hydrological Society and Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management meeting at Bristol University (5pm-7.30pm).

Contact: Jennie Essex for more information.

Place: Queen’s Building, University of Bristol, lecture room 1.15QB.

Date: 6th April 2011 @ 5pm.

Conveners: Jennie Essex

Flyer: Continuous Simulation

Models that simulate the continuous response of runoff to rainfall and other environmental variables have many uses in hydrology and environmental management.  Applications may include flood and low flow forecasting, water resources and urban drainage strategies.  Continuous simulation of flows can offer an alternative to, and remove many of the assumptions and restrictions of, statistical and event methods. This meeting will highlight some of the ways in which continuous simulation has been used by practitioners.

Programme:

1700  Registration and Coffee

1720  Meeting introduction

1730  Pumps, permeability and ponds – catchments where FEH is poor and continuous simulation looks promising 

         Duncan Faulkner, JBA Consulting

1800  The development of a flood forecasting model for a chalk groundwater dominated catchment

         Mary Jeffery, Environment Agency

1900  Meeting Closure   

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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ‘WEATHER RADAR AND HYDROLOGY’.

A call for abstracts for the International Symposium on Weather Radar and Hydrology at Exeter, UK, 18-21 April 2011:

http://www.wrah2011.org/

Flyer: International Symposium on Weather Radar and Hydrology

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GLOBAL WATER SECURITY

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, 20th JANUARY 2011.

A BHS/CIWEM joint meeting at Bristol University on "Global Water Security” at Bristol University (5pm-7.30pm).

Contact: Jackie Turner at South West Water for more information.

Place: Queen’s Building, University of Bristol, lecture room 1.18QB.

Date: 20th January 2011 @ 5pm.

Conveners: Jackie Turner

Flyer: Global Water Security

In recent years there has been growing international public concern about climate change, global warming and the

increasing challenges of global water security. In highlighting these challenges the Royal Academy of Engineering,

the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management jointly

produced a report in April 2010 for the Government Chief Scientist, entitled ‘Global Water Security: An Engineering

Perspective’. The presentations will cover elements of this report.

 

Programme:

  1700  Registration and Coffee

  1730  Global Water Security: An Introduction

            Roger Falconer, Halcrow Professor of Water Management, Cardiff University

  1800  Engineering the Future – Global Water Security

            Michael Norton, Managing Director, Water and Power Business Group, Halcrow

  1830  Global Water Security – the Policy Responses

            Paul Horton, Director, International Development, CIWEM

  1900  Discussion

  1930  Meeting Closure

 

The meeting is free of charge. If you wish to attend, please register using the link below:

http://ciwem-sw-branch-events1.eventwax.com/global-water-security/register/

For further information please contact Jo Robinson or Jackie Turner.

Directions to the University of Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/university/maps/ 

University of Bristol precinct map: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/university/maps/precinct.html

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FLOOD FORECASTING FOR RAPID RESPONSE CATCHMENTS

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, 20th OCTOBER 2010 @ 2pm.

 

A meeting of the British Hydrological Society South West Section

Place: University of Bristol, Queen's Building (room 1.15QB), Department of Civil Engineering, University Walk, Bristol, BS81TR.

Date: Wednesday, 20th October 2010 @ 14.00hrs

Conveners: Nik Whalley

Sponsor: BHS

Flyer: Flood Forecasting

 

Flood forecasting is critical to the management of the consequences of flooding. Following a number of high profile events, the delivery of robust and reliable flood forecasting services in rapid response catchments has been the focus of significant research and practical development in recent years. This meeting will cover the identification of rapid response catchments, highlight recent advances in real time forecasting and outline the challenges and solutions associated with the provision of flood warning services for rapid response catchments. Current limitations and opportunities for improvements in flood forecasting will be explored in the context of likely developments over the next five years. It is an opportunity for flood forecasters, flood risk managers and water resources planners to hear from experts in their field about recent developments in flood forecasting for improving flood risk management in rapid response catchments. 

Programme: 

  1400  Registration and Coffee

  1420  Meeting Introduction

            Oliver Pollard, Environment Agency

  1430  Identification of rapid response catchments

            Oliver Francis, JBA

  1455  Rapid response catchment forecasting – challenges and solutions

            Murray Dale, Halcrow

  1520  Flood Forecasting in Wales – recent advances & future opportunities

            Andy Wall, Environment Agency

  1610  Discussion

  1630  Meeting Closure

 

The meeting is free of charge and there is no need for pre-event registration. For further information please contact Nik Whalley.

Directions to the University of Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/university/maps/

University of Bristol precinct map: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/university/maps/precinct.html

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WORKSHOP ON POLARIMETRIC WEATHER RADAR FOR QUANTITATIVE PRECIPITATION ESTIMATION

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, 28th JULY 2010 @ 2pm.

 

More information at: Leverhulme lectures

Contact:  Miguel Rico-Ramirez 

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EXMOOR MIRES RESTORATION PROJECT FIELD DAY

MACMILLAN WAY (SS729401), 10TH JULY 2010 10:00 AM.

 

Flyer: Exmoor Field Day

Contact: Jackie Turner

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WATER QUALITY

UNIVERSITY OF EXETER, 16th JUNE 2010 @ 2pm.

 

A meeting of the British Hydrological Society South West Section and CIWEM

Place: Newman E Lecture Theatre, Peter Chalk Building, The Queen’s Drive, University of Exeter

Date: Wednesday, 16th June 2010 @ 14.00hrs

Conveners: Richard Brazier

Sponsor: Great Western Research

Flyer: Water Quality

 

Understanding the quality of surface waters is of fundamental importance if the UK is to meet the goals of legislation such as the EU Water Framework Directive, which requires waters to be of good ecological status by 2015. In recent years, scientific and applied research has made significant progress in building this understanding, through enhanced monitoring schemes, numerical model development and development of a wide range of spatial datasets to support water quality management. Research findings have demonstrated the need to establish a link between the land and how is it used and the receiving surface waters and how they are impacted, at a wide range of spatial scales from the individual farm, to headwater catchment and River Basin District scales. Inevitably, numerous approaches to understanding water quality have been developed as a variety of critical questions are posed, thus this meeting is an opportunity for water quality modellers, field specialists, water quality policy and decision-makers and water resource planners within south-west Universities, the Environment Agency, the Water Industry as well as other researchers and consultants to hear from experts in their field about recent developments in water quality understanding on a variety of topics.

 

Programme: 

  1400  Registration and Coffee

  1420  Meeting Introduction

            Richard Brazier, University of Exeter

  1425  Developing meaningful measures and guidelines for suspended sediment in freshwater environments

            Gary Bilotta, Brighton University

  1445  Regulatory Approach to Modelling Phosphorus in Freshwater

            Neil Murdoch, Environment Agency

  1505  Understanding prediction uncertainties in water quality modelling

            Jim Freer, University of Bristol

  1525  Water quality research at North Wyke – past, present and future perspectives

            Steve Granger, North Wyke Research

  1605  Discussion

  1620  Meeting Closure

 

For further information please contact Richard Brazier. To register just add your name and email to this registration list.

Directions to the University of Exeter: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/visit/directions/

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ADVANCES IN THE RADAR MEASUREMENT OF RAINFALL: AN OVERVIEW

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, 14 JUNE 2010 @ 2pm.

 

More information at: Leverhulme lectures

Contact:  Miguel Rico-Ramirez

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CLIMATE CHANGE & PEAK OIL – WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW

UNIVERSITY OF EXETER, 8th JUNE 2010 @ 0830.

Flyer: Climate Change & Peak Oil

Contact:  Daniel Fitzgerald ( fitzgerald_1@hotmail.co.uk ) 

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THE REMOTE SENSING OF PRECIPITATION WITH RADAR: AN INTRODUCTION

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, 12 MAY 2010 @ 2pm.

 

More information at: Leverhulme lectures

Contact:  Miguel Rico-Ramirez 

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WATER INDUSTRY ASSET PLANNING

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, 21st APRIL 2010.

Flyer: Water Industry Asset Planning

Contact:  Sandra Ryan (Sandra.Ryan@entecuk.co.uk )

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INTEGRATED URBAN DRAINAGE & FLOODING

ICE, LONDON - WEDNESDAY 24TH MARCH.

Flyer: Integrated Urban Drainage & Flooding

 

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REMOTE SENSING AND FLOODING

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, THURSDAY 18th FEBRUARY 2010.

 

A meeting of the British Hydrological Society South West Section.

Place: University of Bristol, School of Geographical Sciences, room TBC

Date: Thursday 18th February 2010 at 2:00pm

Conveners: Guy Schumann

Sponsor: Halcrow

Flyer: Remote Sensing and Flooding

 

Over the last 10-15 years, remote sensing has evolved as a powerful tool in many environmental science applications. Disaster management is one of those fields of applications where remote sensing has probably seen most success. Widespread (river) flooding is probably the most frequent disaster and puts many people at risk. This meeting will highlight technological advances and research efforts in airborne and space-borne remote sensing to support flood risk management.

It is an opportunity for flood forecasters, flood risk managers and water resources planners within the Environment Agency, as well as researchers and consultants to hear from experts in their field about recent developments in remote sensing for improving flood risk management and flood modelling. In particular the use of high resolution airborne data sets and space-borne imagery will be illustrated.

 

Programme: 

  1400  Registration and Coffee

  1420  Meeting Introduction

            Guy Schumann, University of Bristol

  1425  Using airborne remote sensing for flood risk management within the Environment Agency

            Alastair Duncan, Environment Agency

  1450  Improving flood inundation models using remote sensing

            David Mason, ESSC/NCEO (Reading)

  1515  Floods and Remote Sensing: a Perspective from Industry

            Matthew Horritt, Halcrow

  1540  Coarse resolution SAR imagery to support flood inundation in near-real time

            Giuliano Di Baldassarre, IHE UNESCO, Institute for Water Education, Delft

  1605  Discussion

  1620  Meeting Closure

 

The meeting is free of charge, but places are limited. There is no need for registration. For further information please contact Guy Schumann. To register just add your name and email to this registration list.

 

Directions to the University of Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/university/maps/

University of Bristol precinct map: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/university/maps/precinct.html

 

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SOME NEW PERSPECTIVES ON CLIMATE CHANGE

IMPERIAL COLLEGE, LONDON, 13th FEBRUARY 2010

 

Joint Meeting British Hydrological Society – Royal Meteorological Society

Date:  Saturday 13 February 2010

Venue: Imperial College, London

 

Programme

  10:30  Convene: registration and coffee

  11:00  Introduction: setting the scene:

             Frank Farquharson, CEH Fellow

   1st Session, Chair: Colin Clark, Charldon Hill Research Station

  11:15  Confusing extreme events as symptomatic of climate change

              Terry Marsh, CEH, Wallingford

  11:40  Are instrument networks capable of identifying climate change? 

              Ian Strangeways, Terradata Ltd

  12:05  Climate Variability or climate change? Implications for design floods.

              David MacDonald, Black & Veatch

  12:30  Questions and discussion

  13:00  Lunch

   2nd Session, Chair: James Dent, Independent Consultant             

  14:00  The physics of climate change (radiation balance, climate forcing and CO2) and changes in weather

             Colin Clark, Charldon Hill Research Station

  14:15  UKCP09: new projections of climate change for the UK

             Geoff Jenkins, Met Office, Hadley Centre

  14:40  Does emphasis on climate change divert attention from the more pressing issues of over-population?

             Roger Martin, Optimum Population Trust

  15:05  Questions and discussion

  15:25  Tea

  15:45  Open forum with panel of speakers. 

             Chair: Andrew Black, President, British Hydrological Society

  16:45  Concluding remarks

              Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive Royal Meteorological Society

 

Register through the British Hydrological Society or the Royal Meteorological Society websites, or by emailing sue.snellgrove@rmets.org

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SEVERN TIDAL POWER

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, 11th NOVEMBER 2009.

 

A Joint meeting with CIWEM South West

Place: University of Bristol, Queen's Building (room 1.18), Department of Civil Engineering, University Walk, Bristol, BS81TR.

Date: 11 November 2009 at 2:00pm

Conveners: Jackie TurnerSouth West Water and Jo Robinson

Sponsor: BHS/CIWEM

Flyer: Severn Tidal Power

 

The Severn Estuary has one of the highest tidal ranges in the world and is the most significant tidal range resource in

the UK. It represents one of the largest potential single-project contributors of low carbon energy, with the largest options

being capable of contributing up to 5% of the UK's total electricity demand.

The historic environment of the Severn Estuary is a finite, non-renewable resource and is one of the most significant in

the UK, consisting of internationally important sites. Tidal power options present a wide range of potential issues that

require significant research and assessment to understand adequately. There are a number of options being considered

for the production of low carbon energy but what are the benefits and disadvantages of each, how are these options

being assessed and where will the research go from here?

This event will provide an insight into the long-running debate of whether such a scheme should be implemented in the

Severn Estuary. The series of presentations will be followed by a debate where you will have the opportunity to explore

these issues further.

 

Programme: 

  1400  Registration and Coffee

  1425  Meeting Introduction

  1430  Severn Tidal Power: The Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report

            Juliet Austin, Department of Energy and Climate Change

  1500  Recent Developments on the Severn Barrage

            Rod Rainey, Atkins

  1530  Severn Tidal Power – will it come soon?

            Dr Robert Kirby, Ravensrod Consultants

  1600  Water Quality Implications of a Severn Barrage

            Dr Reza Ahmadian, Cardiff University, School of Engineering

  1630  Coffee and cakes

  1700  Severn Tidal Power Debate – an opportunity to debate this hot topic, led by CIWEM SW New Members’ Group

            (open to all delegates)

  1800  Meeting Closure

 

Useful links:

Environment Agency response to DECC phase one consultation:

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/library/consultations/106787.aspx

 HM Government Department of Energy and Climate Change(DECC)

http://severntidalpowerconsultation.decc.gov.uk/feasibility_study_overview

 

The meeting is free of charge, but places are limited. To register just add your name and email to this registration list.

Directions to the University of Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/university/maps/

University of Bristol precinct map: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/university/maps/precinct.html

With a view to reducing the impact of BHS/CIWEM events on the environment delegates are encouraged to use public

transport, Park-and-Ride, car share or cycle to travel to this event.

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WATER CYCLE STRATEGIES

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, 23rd SEPTEMBER 2009.

 

Place: University of Bristol, Queen's Building, Department of Civil Engineering, lecture room 1.18, University Walk, Bristol, BS81TR.

Date: 23 September 2009 at 2:00pm

Conveners: Dr. Rob SweetScott Wilson Consultants

Sponsor: Scott Wilson Ltd

Flyer: water cycle strategies

 

A holistic understanding of flood risk, water resources and environmental factors coupled with the delivery of water infrastructure is key to the successful development of New Growth Points for future housing and employment. Water Cycle Strategies provide a tagged approach in the assessment of the above factors to enable the delivery of requirements for future development. This meeting is an opportunity for hydrologists, flood risk managers, water resource planners and planning liaison within the Environment Agency, as well as researchers, consultants and spatial planners to hear from experts in their field about Water Cycle Strategies and their continued development.

 

Programme: 

  1400  Registration and Coffee

  1420  Meeting Introduction

            Rob Sweet, Scott Wilson Ltd

  1425  Water Cycle Studies Policy and Process: Environment Agency Perspective

            Gerard Stewart, Sustainable Communities Policy Advisor, Environment Agency

  1450  Water Cycle Strategies: Exeter and East Devon Scoping Study

            Alison Mallows, Senior Urban Water Consultant and Kate Berry, Project Manager, Halcrow

  1515  Water Resources and Strategic Planning for the future

            Jackie Turner, Operational Analyst (Water Strategy), South West Water

  1540  Breckland District Council Detailed Water Cycle Strategy

            Carl Pelling, Senior Hydrologist, Scott Wilson Ltd

  1605  Discussion

  1620  Meeting Closure

 

The meeting is free of charge, but places are limited. To register just add your name and email to this registration list.

Directions to the University of Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/university/maps/

University of Bristol precinct map: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/university/maps/precinct.html

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BURRATOR RESERVOIR FIELD TRIP

WESTERLY DAM (SX 551 680), 18TH JULY 2009 10:20 AM.

 

Flyer: Burrator Reservoir Field Trip

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URBAN HYDROLOGY

UNIVERSITY OF EXETER, 15th JULY 2009.

 

Venue: University of ExeterStreatham Campus, Harrison Building Lecture Theatre 04, North Park Road, Exeter, EX4 4QF.

Date: 15th July 2009 @ 1400 hr.

Convener: Slobodan Djordjevic

Event Sponsors: TBC

 

A joint meeting of the British Hydrological Society South West Section and British Hydrological Society Welsh Section. This meeting is also co-organised by the CIWEM South West Branch.

 

This meeting is an opportunity for flood forecasters, flood risk managers and water resources planners within the Environment Agency, as well as researchers and consultants to hear from experts in their field about recent developments in urban hydrology in a variety of topics, ranging from spatial planning in the urban environment and surface water management planning to urban flood modelling.

 

Programme: 

  1400  Registration and Coffee

  1420  Meeting Introduction

            Slobodan Djordjevic, University of Exeter

  1425  Slow infiltration at disciplinary boundaries: hydrology and spatial planning in the urban environment

            Karen Potter, University of Liverpool

  1450  Implementing a surface water management plan for Camborne, Pool and Redruth in Cornwall - responding to the Pitt Review

            Paul Hargreaves, Halcrow

  1515  A cellular automata based approach to generalising digital terrain models for 2D flood modelling

            Barry Evans, University of Exeter

  1540  Lessons learnt in hydrology

            Rachel Bird, Royal Haskoning

  1605  Discussion

  1620  Closure

 

The meeting is free of charge, but places are limited. There is no need for registration. For further information please contact Slobodan Djordjevic or Murray Dale.

Directions to the University of Exeter: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/visit/directions/

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CHALLENGES IN HYDROMETRY: HYDROLOGICAL DATA PROVISION IN THE 21ST CENTURY

UNIVERSITY OF EXETER, 25th MARCH 2009.

 

Venue: University of ExeterLT04 Harrison Building.

Date: 25th March 2009 @ 1345.

Conveners: Nik WhalleyHydro-Logic.

Event Sponsors: Capita Symonds and  HydroLogic

 

Hydrometric data is fundamental to effective decision making in the water sector and beyond. Water resource and flood risk managers, hydrologists, modellers and planners are among the many professionals who require accurate and reliable hydrometric data to fulfil their roles.

 

This meeting aims to provide both data users and providers with a greater understanding of the challenges faced by hydrometric practitioners in their attempts to quantify the hydrological cycle. It is also hoped that data providers and users will take the opportunity to discuss common issues and explore ways in which the inherent uncertainties in hydrometric data can be best managed and, where possible, improvement delivered.

 

Programme: 

  1345  Tea/Coffee

  1400  Welcome and Introduction

            Nik Whalley, Hydro-Logic

  1415  Turbulent times in hydrometry?

            Roger Bailey, Team Leader - Hydrometry & Telemetry ( Cornwall), Environment Agency.

  1445  The East Devon flood event, 29/30th October 2008

            Alastair Morriss, Senior Scientist, Hydro-Logic Ltd

  1515  Integrated Flood Risk Management Data Collection – A Strategic Review of Cornwall EA Hydrometric Network

            George Baker, Capita Symonds

  1545  The National River Flow Archive: hydrological data management at a national scale

            Matt Fry, Hydrological Information Group, CEH

  1615  Discussion

  1645  Closure

 

The meeting is free of charge and there is no need for registration. For further information please contact Nik Whalley

Directions to the University of Exeter: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/visit/directions/ 

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RAINFALL FORECASTING - LONG AND SHORT TERM MEETING, BRISTOL, 26 NOVEMBER 2008.

 

A joint meeting of the British Hydrological Society South West Section and British Hydrological Society Welsh Section.

Venue: University of Bristol, Department of Civil Engineering, Queen's Building, lecture room 1.15, University Walk, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1TR.

Date: 26th November 2008 @ 14.00hrs.

Conveners: Dr. Miguel Rico-Ramirez and Murray Dale

Sponsor: Hydro-Logic

 

During the summer 2007 there were several periods of extreme rainfall leading to the flooding of different places across England and Wales. Precipitation is the primary driver of the surface hydrology and hence its observation and forecasting are critical components of any flood forecasting system. This meeting is an opportunity for flood forecasters, flood risk managers and water resources planners within the Environment Agency, as well as researchers and consultants to hear from experts in their field about rainfall forecasting over varying time-scales in the UK.

 

Programme: 

    1400  Coffee and Registration

    1420  Meeting Introduction

              Murray Dale, Halcrow

    1430  Exploitation of new data sources and radar techniques for storm and flood forecasting

              Prof. Anthony Illingworth, University of Reading

    1500  The use of radar rainfall in flood warning

              Holly Denning, Environment Agency

    1530  The reliability of future changes in heavy rainfall over the UK

              Elizabeth Kendon, Met Office

    1600  Extreme Rainfall Alert Service

              Paul Davis, Met Office

    1630  Discussion and closure

 

The meeting is free of charge, but places are limited. There is no need for registration. For further information please contact Miguel Rico-Ramirez or Murray Dale.

 

Directions to the University of Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/university/maps/

University of Bristol precinct map: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/university/maps/precinct.html

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SUSTAINABLE HYDROLOGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

10TH BHS NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, UNIVERSITY OF EXETER, 15-17 SEPTEMBER 2008.

 

Convener: Dr. Soon-Thiam Khu

The papers from this Symposium are now available as downloadable PDF documents on the National BHS website under:

http://www.hydrology.org.uk/exeter_symposium.html

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FLOODING, ECOLOGICAL AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROCESSES, PLYMOUTH, 25 JUNE 2008

 

A joint meeting of the British Hydrological Society and the South-West Environmental Modelling Group (part of the South West Observatory).

Place: Room 011 Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Date: Wednesday 25th June 2008 @ 1030-1315.

Convenors: Andrew Williams and Neil Murdoch

 

The meeting will focus on mostly but not exclusively coastal processes to provide an update on interesting developments within the Region.

 

Programme:

  10.30 Tea/Coffee

  11.00 Opening remarks

             Andrew Williams ( University of Plymouth)

  11.05 Using tracers to evaluate erosion processes and consequences in the River Avon ( Devon) 

             Will Blake  ( University of Plymouth)

  11.35 Combining satellite imagery and modelling to forecast algal blooms in Bathing Waters

             Peter Jonas (Environment Agency)

  12.00 Flood Risk Management in the South West Peninsula

            Ben Johnstone (Environment Agency)

  12.30 Lunch

  1.30   Overview of Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy

            Deborah Greaves ( Univ. of Plymouth)

  2.00   Monitoring Biodiversity Impacts of Marine Renewable Energy Systems

            Martin Attrill ( Univ. of Plymouth)

  2.30   Environmental and Physical Impacts of Marine Renewable Energy Systems

            Martin Austin ( Univ. of Plymouth)

  3.00  Closing remarks

 

For directions to the University, please see:  http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/pages/view.asp?page=17921  

The meeting is free, however places are limited.  To register or for further information please contact Andrew Williams, School Of Geography, Univ of Plymouth, 01752 585973, and Neil Murdoch, Environment Agency, Manley House, Kestrel Way Exeter, EX2 7LQ. Tel: 01392 352345; Fax: 01392 442112.

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WEATHER RADAR FOR WATER MANAGEMENT, BRISTOL, 19 MARCH 2008

 

A Joint BHS/CIWEM meeting

Place: University of Bristol, Room 1.15 Queen's Building, Faculty of Engineering

Date: 19 March 2008 1:45-4:45pm

Conveners: Mr. Peter Dempsey  and Dr. Dawei Han

Sponsor: Halcrow

 

Programme:

  1345  Tea/Coffee PLT Foyer, Queens Building

  1415  Meeting Introduction

  1415  Recent advances in the estimation of precipitation using radar

            Dr. Miguel Angel Rico-Ramirez, University of Bristol

  1440  High Resolution Quantitative Precipitation Estimates for Hydrological Applications

            Dawn Harrison, Radar Products Team Leader, Met Office

  1505  Modelling of Space-Time rainfall for System Based Analysis and Management of Urban Flood Risks (SAM)

            Dr Marie-Laure Segond - Ingenieur R&D, METNEXT, France

  1530  The use of weather radar data in the Environment Agency's National Flood Forecasting System

            Adrian Wynn, Environment Agency, South West Region

  1555  Methods for Estimating Impacts of Rainfall on Bathing Beach Quality

            Murray Dale, Principal Hydrometeorologist, Water and Power Business Group, Halcrow

  1620  Evaluation of surface rainfall rate estimates derived using data from the Thurnham dual polarisation radar

            Jacqueline Sugier, Weather Radar Scientist, Met Office

  1645  Finish and depart

 

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URBAN WATER SEMINAR, EXETER, 26 SEPTEMBER 2007

 

A joint meeting of the British Hydrological Society South West Section and CIWEM South West Branch

Place: University of Exeter, Lecture Theatre 04, Harrison Building, Streatham Campus.

Date: 1:45-4:45pm 26th September 2007.

Conveners: Dr. S-T Khu and Dr. Fayyaz Memon

Sponsor: WATERSAVE network

 

Programme:

  1345  Tea/Coffee Foyer, Harrison Building

  1415  Start

        1  The road to water efficiency in the UK

            Brian Hooper, Waterwise consulting

        2  Small bore sewers - pros and cons

            Kim Littlewood, Faber Maunsell

        3  Hard and Soft SUDS

            Alex Stephenson, Hydro International

        4  Integrated urban drainage management - Torbay pilot study

            Nick Smart, Environment Agency

  1645  Finish and depart

 

The meeting is free of charge for all the attendants.

 

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FLOOD FORECASTING, BRISTOL, 20 JUNE 2007

 

A joint meeting of the British Hydrological Society South West Section and CIWEM South West Branch.

Place: University of Bristol, Lecture Room 1.15 Queens Building.

Date: 1:45-4:45pm 20 June 2007

Conveners: Mr. Oliver Pollard and Dr. Dawei Han

Sponsor: Atkins Water

 

Programme: (abstracts)

  1345  Tea/Coffee PLT Foyer (outside Lecture Room 1.15)

  1410  Meeting Introduction

            Dr. Dawei Han, University of Bristol

  1415  Rainfall prediction for flood forecasting

            Dr. Brian Golding, Met Office

  1445  Operational flood warning systems for small catchments and the use of SMD data

            Dr Colin Clark

  1515  Flood Forecast Modelling

            Dr. Yiping Chen, Atkins

  1545  Working experience of the new NFFS

            Mr. Oliver Pollard, Environment Agency

  1615  Local Scale Flood Warning/Forecasting

            Mr. Nik Whalley, Hydro-logic

  1645  Finish and depart

 

The meeting is free of charge for all the attendants. 

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WATER RESOURCES IN THE SOUTH WEST, EXETER, 21 MARCH 2007

 

A joint meeting of the British Hydrological Society South West Section and CIWEM South West Branch.

Place: Lecture Room 004 Harrison Building, University of Exeter

Date: 2:00-4:45pm 21st March 2007 

Conveners: Mr. Murray Dale and Mr. Neil Whiter

 

With the prolonged 2004-2006 drought which affected much of the UK, the South West included, and an increased focus on the role climate change is playing in water resources, this meeting is an opportunity for hydrologists, water resources engineers and others to hear from experts in their field about water resources issues facing us in the south west today.

 

Programme:

  1400  Registration and coffee

  1420  Meeting Introduction

  1430  South West Water experiences of pumped storage

            Jo Robinson, South West Water

  1500  The role of the SWCCP and water resources impacts

            Sarah Hendel-Blackford, South West Climate Change Partnership

  1530  Seasonal long range forecasting - implications on  water resources

            Richard Graham, Met Office

  1600  Operational control rules for water management in drought periods

            Kunle Akande, Halcrow

  1630  Discussion

  1645  Closure

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BHS SW YOUNG HYDROLOGIST'S MEETING, BRISTOL, 25 OCTOBER 2006

 

Place: Lecture theatre 1.15, Queens Building, Faculty of Engineering, University of Bristol, BS8 1TR.

Date: 2:00-5:00pm, 25 Wednesday October 2006

 

Programme:

  1400  Scientific publication and grant application

            Prof. Paul Bates, University of Bristol

  1420  Sediment Transport Experiments in a Model Estuary

            Dr William B Rauen, Engineering, Cardiff University

  1440  Radar and raingauge data analysis

            Ms. Michaela Bray, University of Bristol

  1500  Long term sediment budget modelling using TOPMODEL

            Mr. Ben Thomas, Geography, Univ. of Exeter

  1520  Break

  1540  Flood forecasting and a case study of the Bristol Avon

            Mr. Andy Barnes, Halcrow

  1600  Changes and uncertainty in global river flow under climate change in HadGEM1 (paper)

            Mr. Pete Falloon, Met Office

  1620  Weather Radar in Upland Catchments

            Mr. Huw Lewis, Met Office

  1640  Scale considerations in urban flood modelling

            Mr. Tim Fewtrell, Geography, Univ. of Bristol