Webinar Series

Our series of 60-minute webinars to allow NFM researchers and practitioners to share knowledge and experience.

Recordings of webinars to date are available here.

To see the webinar programme listings click on the image below.  Scroll down for details of upcoming webinars and how to book your place.

Upcoming webinars:

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20 May 2021 12:30 – 13:30 Dr Mark Wilkinson, James Hutton Institute

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Natural Flood Management in agriculturally managed landscapes: re-thinking measures to deliver wider ecosystem services.

This webinar will look at the opportunities and challenges of nature-based management strategies in agriculturally managed landscapes. More specifically, Mark will explore how common management approaches (e.g. riparian buffer strips, edge of field margins) could be best designed in order to also attenuate flood runoff. Using Scottish, English and international case studies, Mark will demonstrate the importance of place and scale in optimising multifunctional measures in order to enhance flood protection but also deliver wider ecosystem services (e.g., water quality and drought protection).

17 June 2021 12:30 -13:30 Dr James Blake, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Landwise NFM

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Measuring impact of land management on soil properties

James will present on the Landwise field survey results – specifically how different Natural Flood Management measures related to land use and land management affect soil physical and hydrological properties with implications for flood risk management. Survey sites have included a range of arable, permanent grassland and woodland land uses over chalk, limestone and mudstone geology. Farming practices included range from conventional to highly innovative.

29 July 2021 12:30 – 13:30 Dr Maleki Badjana, Professor Anne Verhoef, Steve Rose, Dr David MacDonald, Landwise NFM

Modelling NFM in lowland catchments 

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This webinar will explore the application of a linked modelling approach to quantify the effectiveness of land-based NFM measures implemented across more permeable lowland catchments in the West Thames basin.  The NFM measures under particular investigation include: crop and soil management, woodland creation and leaky barrier implementation.  The linked modelling work has also evaluated how changing groundwater recharge dynamics, as a result of widespread NFM implementation, could influence the risk of groundwater flooding to vulnerable communities and river baseflow contributions.

21 August 2021 12:30 – 13:30 Professor Chris Spray, Dr Andrew Black (University of Dundee) and Dr Barry Hankin (JBA Consulting)

The Eddleston Water Project – 10 years of implementing, monitoring and empirical analysis of catchment scale NFM measures

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           The Eddleston Water Project, located north of Peebles in the Scottish Borders, is an ongoing long-term empirical study to understand changes in runoff dynamics resulting from NFM interventions.  Over 10 years the study has revealed a great deal of complexity in terms of runoff generation and hydrograph characteristics.  It now provides a rich source of data from more than 20 water level monitoring sites, enabling analysis of the interplay between attenuated and unmodified flows in a catchment characterised by varying geology and land uses.  In particular, the growing data set provides a valuable resource for the testing of hydrological models of runoff attenuation.

This rich dataset has been used to undertake multi-scale calibration of a whole catchment 2d hydrodynamic model (HEC-RAS 2D). Different model representations of the leaky barriers have been investigated and a user-guide developed to help modelling NFM in other catchments based on the Eddleston water findings.

Alongside the focus on surface water and groundwater hydrology, a second aim of the project is to assess the impact of NFM measures on riparian habitats and catchment ecology, so taking an integrated whole catchment approach to river restoration. A focus has been the impact of NFM channel remeandering on hydromorphology, aquatic macroinvertebrates, macrophytes and fish populations in the Eddleston. The remeandering (after 200 years!) of the channel at Cringletie and Lake Wood forms the basis for the work.

Additionally, the study has included assessment of the costs and benefits of NFM works. The headline findings show £2.85m benefits from flood damages avoided complemented by £17.7m from other ecosystems services including carbon sequestration, water quality, biodiversity and recreation.

You can download a more detailed summary here and find out more about the project on the Tweed Forum website here.

23 September 2021 12:30 – 13:30  Professor Simon Dadson and Dr Marcus Buechel, University of Oxford

Natural flood risk management in the UK: the scientific evidence base

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October 2021 (tbc) Prof Martin Evans & Dr Emma Shuttleworth, University of Manchester: Protect NFM 

The use of Empirical evidence in the Protect NFM research

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18 November 2021 12:30 – 13:30 Professor Joanna Clark, Barbara Percy, Debbie Kite

Landwise Project Highlights

Overview of the findings and recommendations from the Landwise project including a web tool for visualisation.

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If you would like to take part to share and discuss your work in NFM please get in touch with us at nfm@reading.ac.uk.   If you are signed up our newsletter we will also keep you posted on the webinar programme.  Watch this space for more information.