The University of Hull offers a unique opportunity to work with leading academics and business support professionals.
The core Flood Innovation Centre team are supported by an extended cohort of world-leading scientists. Under the leadership of Professor Briony McDonagh, the Energy and Environment Institute brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines to conduct insightful investigations on the global challenges presented by environmental change, underpinning innovations and progression in flood research.
Creating crucial simulations together with Wageningen University, researchers at the Environment and Energy Institute have contributed to the prevention of future flooding by growing cress forests and planting matchstick log jams to test natural flood-prevention methods.
As part of the multimillion-pound Hydralab+ research grant, the project addresses the urgent need to understand the consequences of climate change on rivers, estuaries and coasts, helping to determine how they will evolve into the future.
The simulator allows scientists to carry out accurate research around natural flood management, enabling them to control the magnitude and intensity of rainfall whilst representing a range of climate-change scenarios.
Research carried out at the University of Hull has established sound advice and support on how to help children recover from the trauma of floods and other natural disasters.
The project, conducted by PhD researcher Florence Halstead, ascertained the perceptions and experiences of children who were exposed to flooding in the UK and Vietnam.
By involving children in the research process a better understanding of their views, feelings and experiences was garnered. The findings have been collated into a list of five useful tips that can be used by parents and to inform future policy and decision-making.
The work carried out by the Flood Innovation Centre has been featured on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Pathfinder website.
Defra has funded a number of Community Resilience Pathfinder projects which will enable and stimulate communities at significant or greater risk of flooding to work with key partners, including local authorities, to develop innovative local solutions that enhance flood-risk management and preparedness and improve the community’s financial resilience in relation to flooding.
With the imminent rising flood waters, the Flood Innovation Centre presents itself as an exemplar in flood research, expanding the search for solutions that will allow us to live with the water that is coming and minimize the impact that it has on our lives and property.