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URflood: Understanding uncertainty and risk in communicating about floods

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URflood aimed to produce guidance relevant across the EU, as to how to implement good practice flood communications and how to respond to differences in how information is interpreted and utilised.

Project background

Flood 2005 in river OunasjokiURflood was developed in response to the second pilot call for projects resulting from the ERA-Net CRUE consortium, a consortium brought together with the vision to support and develop an extensive coordination and integration of regional, national and European research programmes and policies for flood risk management. The objective of the call was to establish transnational collaborative research projects on "Flood resilient communities - managing the consequences of flooding". URflood looked more specifically at the first of the two thematic areas considered by the call: "Improvement of risk awareness and increasing public participation." URFlood ran from 2009-2011.

Project Purpose

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URflood informed flood risk planning and responses to flood warnings, by investigating and illustrating how flood risk communications may be incorporated into the knowledge systems of different actors.  URflood aimed to produce guidance for use throughout the EU looking at how to implement good practice flood communications and how to respond to differences in how information is interpreted and utilised. This was intended to support the move towards Flood Risk Assessment and Management (FRAM) under the EU Floods Directive, improving resilience to the social, economic and environmental consequences of flood risk.

URFlood involved several countries across Europe. Click the links on the left to view more details about this project, including the funders, partners, research questions, case studies and outputs. Please contact Kerry Waylen for more information about this project.


Areas of Interest

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