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The Changing Jet Stream and its Effects - Causes of and Response to European Flooding

It has not been a good few years for Europeans who like to keep their feet dry. This year, a succession of violent storms have battered Europe’s Atlantic coast, bringing misery to shipping and submerging much of the UK beneath rising floodwaters. Farmland, homes, businesses, vehicles, and public transport networks have disappeared beneath alarmingly high floods as rivers burst their banks and the land became saturated beyond capacity. Sections of railway line have been washed away entirely, and people in many areas are cut off from the rest of the world both physically and metaphorically, as communication networks and electricity lines have gone down in the worst flooded areas. Last year, extreme rainfall through May and June saw the Danube and the Elbe burst their banks and submerge much of Central Europe in a devastating wash of dirty water which obliterated homes and livelihoods and cost billions to clean up. Coupled with a succession of extremely wet summers, and the people of Europe are beginning to look askance at the skies. On the ground, organisations are working hard to assess and reassess flood risks and prevent further damage – but this is difficult when every year the weather gets more extreme. Clearly something is happening to our weather – but what?

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Third Water Framework Directive international conference:  climate change impacts on water security and safety

4th-6th November 2013
at the Polytech'Lille, Lille, France

The conference will review technical challenges faced by Member States, stakeholder organisations and scientists, while integrating climate change components (understanding, prevention, preparedness) into the River Basin Management Planning under the Water Framework Directive (WFD), in particular adaptation measures expected to take place within the 2nd RBMP.

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SMARTeST Policy Statement

The SMARTeST Project Partners have undertaken research over the period January 2010 to June 2013 under the FP7 research programme of the European Commission, in particular in the area of (ENV.2009. Technologies for improved safety of the built environment in relation to flood events.  As a result of our research and close interaction with a range of stakeholders the partners present the policy statement set out here.

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International Conference on Flood Resilience

Experiences in Asia and Europe
5-7 September 2013
Exeter, United Kingdom

Flooding puts huge pressure on national economies, cities, communities and individuals alike. The short-term impacts may include hundreds of casualties, many displaced people, very serious health problems and enormous damage to property and infrastructure. Affected areas may need years to recover.

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ICE Flooding 2013

Developing Flood Resilient Communities

London, 23 May 2013

With the cost of 2012’s widespread floods reaching over £1 billion, the need for those involved in prevention and response to come together with a cohesive and joined-up approach is stark. ICE Flooding 2013 will focus on developing flood resilient communities - a UK priority following the last 18 months of adverse weather and the devastation caused by flooding.

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