My research project
Leaky barriers for Natural Flood Management: modelling their effectiveness to inform practice
This research project represents a partnership working opportunity between Surrey University and the Environment Agency, through which a thorough investigation will take place to help fill the gap of scientific knowledge, providing detailed investigation of the effectiveness of Natural Flood Management (NFM) structures (leaky barriers) in reducing flood risk. It is hoped knowledge gained in this study will help assist in tackling wider sustainability and climate change issues through advancing scientific knowledge.
The aim of this study is to provide the knowledge base to establish a rigorous, quantitative assessment of leaky barriers as flood risk management elements, integrated through an applied modelling approach. The results of this research will provide specific guidance for the design and implementation of leaky barriers in reducing the risk of flooding. In order to achieve this, one of the main research objectives consists of the development of a modelling tool, able to simulate the effectiveness of different configurations of leaky barriers, under a range of rainfall events.