Project overview: 

The FDRI Scoping Study is a 15-month NERC-funded project, running from May 2020 to July 2021, to establish the requirements for a potential new national Floods and Droughts Research Infrastructure. It seeks to identify the data, monitoring and infrastructure requirements that would enable the improved process understanding necessary to better predict and mitigate floods and droughts in the UK. The Infrastructure ultimately would contribute to increasing the nation’s resilience to such extreme events.

The scoping study team is led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) and comprises researchers from the University of Bristol, Imperial College London, and the British Geological Survey (BGS). The study will be consultative, collecting views via surveys, webinars and virtual workshops from a broad range of stakeholders, including the academic community, businesses, landowners, government and regulatory agencies. It will undertake a thorough review of past and ongoing flood and drought monitoring programmes, both in the UK and internationally, and will consider a range of technical options with a view to ensuring the infrastructure’s long-term sustainability. The study will build on the NERC-funded community workshops that took place in 2019 and which identified strong stakeholder interest in engaging with a dedicated scoping phase.

During the scoping study there will be two additional virtual community workshops, one in Autumn 2020 and the other Spring 2021, together with further extensive stakeholder engagement. This will be key to the study’s success.

Project Partners

The Project Management Team

The project will be delivered through several complementary work packages , one of which is responsible for overall project management. Members of the Project Management team are as follows:

Gareth OldUKCEH, Principal Investigator & WP Lead
Nichola BadcockNERC, Quality Assurance
Victoria BarlowUKCEH, Project Manager
John BloomfieldBGS, WP Lead
Wouter BuytaertImperial College London, WP Lead
Matt FryUKCEH, WP Lead
Gwyn ReesUKCEH, Project Co-Lead
Nick ReynardUKCEH, Project Co-Lead
Marcia SpencerUKCEH, Outreach, Communication & Project Support
Thorsten WagenerUniversity of Bristol, WP Lead

Project Steering Committee

The project is overseen by a Project Steering Committee. Members include:

David Hannah (Chair)University of Birmingham
Nichola BadcockNERC, Head of Capital
Lindsay BeeversHerriot-Watt University
Alex ChahianNERC, Programme Sponsor, Major Projects
Nick ChappellLancaster University
Stewart ClarkeNational Trust
Hannah ClokeUniversity of Reading
Isabelle DuranceCardiff University
Steve HallettCranfield University
Joseph HoldenUniversity of Leeds
Ruth KelmanNERC, Head of Resilient Environments
Oliver KnevittNERC, Programme Manager, Capital and Resilient Environments
Michelle ManningNERC, Senior Programme Manager, Resilient Environments
Thomas RobinsonNERC, Senior Programme Manager, Capital
John RemediosNCEO / University of Leicester
Rebecca SmithNERC, Programme Manager, Capital
Doug WhitfieldEnvironment Agency

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For general enquiries or to find out more about the project, please contact Marcia Spencer and Victoria Barlow    #FDR_NERC