17. What will the format of your event be?:
Talks/ presentations/ hands-on demonstrations
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
The event will combine a series of talks with interactive displays of new models and techniques that will cover the following themes: 1. Is extreme rainfall increasing in observations and why? 2. What causes extreme flood events? 3. Climate change: why will it rain more and can we expect more floods? 4. The Newcastle 2012 and Morpeth 2008 Floods: Better planning for more flood events? Using crowd sourcing (demonstration using smart phones) and new models (CityCat - model pluvial flood across Newcastle and validation using crowd sourcing data). 5. Natural Flood Management – saving Belford! 6. Can we better forecast flood events? The UK Met Office perspective. The event is largely targeted at an adult, professional audience who will have some knowledge of the topic and would be a mixture of the interested public, people from industry, local government/councils and academics - new, cutting-edge research will be presented. We would include an interactive component to many of the talks to keep the interest of audience members – e.g. the demonstration of crowd sourcing apps available for download to smart phones – a new method of collecting information on flooding from the public – and new modelling tools for forecasting flood risk.
Venue and location to be allocated by the Festival team
20. Venue requirements:
Lecture style auditorium for at least 100 people with overhead projectors for presentations and space for interactive exhibits.
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
Flooding associated with extreme rainfall is one of most serious natural hazards facing the UK: the floods of 2007 cost over £3 billion, leading to a potential insurance crisis and the commissioning of the Pitt Review. The frequency and intensity of rainfall events are already increasing, associated with rising temperatures from global warming, which will likely result in further rises in extreme rainfall intensities and increases in the magnitude and frequency of associated flooding. This event will showcase work at Newcastle University and elsewhere to explain how and why flood risks are changing, and what we can do to manage these.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
The North East of England has experienced dramatic extreme rainfall events in recent years and this event will what happened in the widespread flooding in Newcastle this year (June 28th pluvial flood - extensive flooding in city centre and gridlock), the 5th Aug pluvial flood and the 24/25th September fluvial flood which affected Newburn, Morpeth and parts of Yorkshire, how we have reconstructed these flood events using modelling and crowd sourcing techniques, and how we can use these models to plan for future flooding in the NE.
22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
1. Changing incidence of extreme rainfall events, especially future incidence. 2. Use of crowd sourcing techniques for flood management 3. Natural flood management techniques. 4. Future forecasting of extreme weather events.
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24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
The event hopes to: bring science to and enthuse a new audience: we would like to present the latest, cutting-edge research at a level that is accessible to the interested public and the 14-19 age range, as well as providing an integration of ideas from climate change science, through changes in observations, why these are happening, looking at some recent flood events and new scientific techniques (forecasting or natural flood management) and technologies (crowd sourcing through smart phones) that can be brought in to manage the problem encourage new collaborative partnerships internally or externally: bringing together the local community and the main players involved in flood management locally actively involve local communities: the project will have a local community focus; although many of the scientific results are applicable nationally (or even globally) we will concentrate on the observed changes in the NE, how climate change will affect the region in terms of extremes rainfall and flood risk and then explore recent local flood events and the implementation of new flood management methods at the local level. stimulate interest, excitement and debate in science showcase University research: the project will showcase the latest world-leading University research from the water resources group in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. Email to Farrah: Just to let you know that the session on flooding has now been submitted under the title "Monsoon Britain". Could you please add a note that this is supported by the geography section. In fact, if the Lake Ellsworth session doesn't come off, then I'm inclined to make this the presidential session...
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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11. Do you have a preferred day for your event to take place on?:
Saturday 7 September 2013
Sunday 8 September 2013
Monday 9 September 2013
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Wednesday 11 September 2013