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 Understanding Environmental Knowledge Controversies

Flood Science

How does flood science work?

Flood science is the environmental scientific research, knowledge and technologies needed to understand river catchment (and coastal) flood risk. The discipline covers data collection, development and use of predictive modelling and data analysis. One of the key aims of flood science is to deliver the knowledge required for flood prevention, or flood risk management and amelioration. When flooding does occur, flood scientists become involved in understanding why flooding occurred, and in identifying any problems with previous modelling, data collection, and analysis.

One of the current debates in flood science is over whether or not rural land management impacts upon downstream flood risk. This project should make major progress in addressing this issue.

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