David Ramsbottom

Technical Director at HR Wallingford

David Ramsbottom is a Technical Director at HR Wallingford. He has 40 years’ experience in water engineering and management since graduating from Cambridge University in 1975. He worked with civil engineering consultants in the UK and overseas on river and irrigation projects between 1975 and 1988 and then joined HR Wallingford, where he has specialised in flood management. He has been involved in a wide range of consultancy and research projects including catchment flood management, flood risk assessments, flood risk management planning, hydraulic modelling and flood mapping. His recent experience includes implementation of the EU Floods Directive for flood risk management planning in European countries, technical development of the Thames Estuary 2100 (TE2100) Plan, adaptation to climate change and the operation of dams for flood management.

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Flood risk management in a variable and changing climate

The uncertainty regarding present and future flooding will be discussed with reference to recent floods in the UK. Different types of flood mitigation measures will be presented including their effectiveness in different situations. The measures will include traditional structural measures, flood protection products, ‘natural’ measures and preparing the public for flood emergencies. Suggestions will be made regarding potential approaches to managing future flood risk, for discussion at the seminar.