24 jun 2021
Flood Risk Management is by definition dealing with uncertainty. Floods occur often enough, but the timing and location of flood events are uncertain, and so is the response of society. But the concepts and methods of flood risk analysis and management are progressively tuned to deal with this kind of uncertainties.

This challenge of scientific innovation and practical adaptation is too big for the current generation of scientists and practitioners. FLOODrisk2020 is therefore committed to attract, coach and listen to the next generation of scientists and practitioners who will future-proof our research methods and help to improve our flood risk management practice in order to better cope with deep uncertainty.

Thursday 24 June (11.00-12.30 CET) Jaap Flikweert will co-host a workshop with HR Wallingford and the Environment Agency to discuss the management of flood defence transitions. As Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans showed: when a defence breaches, it is often at the transitions. We developed practical guidance for identifying transitions that create weak links, and for designing improvements and better maintenance.

Jaap is our Leading Professional on flood and coastal resilience. He works across the spectrum from policy to design, with a focus on translating solutions across borders.

Thursday 24 June (13.30-15.45) Koen van Hattum will present his thesis on the socioeconomic impact of floods on people living in the low-lying coastal zones of the world.

As a flood risk consultant at Royal HaskoningDHV he is keen to continue to contribute to the field of flood risk management and coastal & climate change adaptation in order to explore solutions for the many people living in the low-lying coastal zones of the world.