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:

3 December 2020 Q-NFM  Dr Nick Chappell, University of Lancaster

Q-NFM: Measuring NFM effectiveness

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This presentation will focus on direct field observations of NFM effectiveness used to constrain catchment-scale modelling in Cumbria, UK. The observations cover enhancement of rates of wet-canopy evaporation, soil infiltration capacity and slope/channel storage associated with NFM-related interventions. Nick will explain why such direct field observations are key to scientific credibility; why parallel rainfall and streamflow observations are critical; and how micro-scale field measurements relate to effective parameters needed by models. The ideas and findings arise from a team of investigators and partners working on the NERC Q-NFM project and Environment Agency NFM pilots in Cumbria.

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21 January 2021 12:30 -13:30: Jon Hollis, Natural Flood Management Programme Manager, Environment Agency

What we’ve learned from the Defra £15 million NFM pilot programme

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Jon will explain how the pilot programme is informing mainstreaming of NFM by the Environment Agency.

25 February 2021 12:30 – 13:30 Dr Stewart Clarke, National Trust

Natural Flood Management: a land manager’s perspective

As a major land owner with ambitions to restore nature and deliver public benefit, the National Trust has been engaged in natural flood management projects for a number of years. During this webinar we will explore the role of land managers in delivering NFM and describe the range of projects the National Trust is involved with from leaky dams to reintroducing beavers. We will also consider the place that NFM might have within wider flood risk management and also agri-environment schemes and how the National Trust is informing these debates.

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

Modelling NFM in lowland catchments 

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.

15 April 2021 12:30 – 13:30, Professor Keith Morrison, & Dr Will Maslanka University of Reading, Landwise-NFM

Improving Soil Moisture Estimation from Space Radar

Routine, in-service coarse mapping of soil moisture from space radar have been implemented at the catchment scale. This study seeks to extend it down to the field scale required for flood mapping utilizing the Sentinel satellites, validated by extensive field measurements.

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

Catchment hydrology and NFM – details to be added

17 June 2021 12:30 -13:30 Dr James Blake, Landwise NFM

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 Mark Mulligan, Kings College London

Developing and deploying a low-cost, distributed monitoring system to evaluate the effectiveness of NFM

Mark will describe techniques for in-field monitoring of the efficacy of NFM interventions and the development and deployment  of open-source, low-cost, DIY, sensors (http://www.freestation.org/)  and the associated //Smart: system (http://www.policysupport.org/smart) of tools for analysis.  These are used to assess the effectiveness of individual NFM measures in a range of UK settings indicating which work better in different situations.

21 August 2021 12:30 – 13:30 Professor Chris Spray, Dr Andrew Black (University of Dundee) and Luke Comins (Tweed Forum)

The Eddleston Water Project – 10 years of implementing, detailed monitoring and modelling of catchment scale NFM measures. 

(summary to be added)

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

(summary to be added)

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

The use of Empirical evidence in the Protect NFM research

summary to be added

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.


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.