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The Science of Floods

Monday, 2 May 2016

Sunday 8 May 10:30 To 16:00
Monday 9 May (Schools - by invitation)
Hebden Bridge Town Hall


Hydrologists, practitioners and experts from universities and the world of consultancy will be joining in a 'hands on' workshop for residents and schools at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Sunday 8th May and again on Monday 9th May for schools.

The Science of Floods Workshop on Sunday 8th May will hear from speakers from the University of Leeds, Liverpool and Durham talk about Natural Flood management, risk and catchment management. There are also speakers from local communities who have developed Citizen Science approaches by monitoring and modelling flood events both within the South Pennines and further afield.

Questions include: How do catchments respond in flood events? What happens in an extreme event? How can modelling help predict future events? What is Natural Flood Management?

Pam Warhurst, Chair of Pennine Prospects explained, 'This is a learning event – pure and simple. As the South Pennines Local Nature Partnership we have invited experts but we want to have something to show residents as well – so we will have physical models and demonstrations to show what actually happens in a flood event. That is why we are inviting schools to our event on the Monday because they are a generation that will have to live with an uncertain climate into the future.'

The Sunday morning is devoted to speakers from 11am to 2pm for which booking is essential from the Eventbrite website.

From 2pm onwards there will be a number of displays and models including a river model and a hydrological flume to show how obstructions affect flow.

The event is funded by the JBA Trust, Calderdale Sustainability Forum and Pennine Prospects, the Southern Pennine Rural Regeneration Company. It is also supported by the Alternative Technology Centre. 

See also

HebWeb Feature on the Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.

Floods: HebWeb Gallery - 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015.