Flood Forecasting Centre
Russell is based in the joint Environment Agency and Met Office Flood Forecasting Centre (FFC) where his role is to improve flood forecasting services for Category 1 & 2 responders.
He has worked at the Environment Agency in operational, tactical and strategic roles across forecasting, warning and response during the national floods of Autumn 2000, Summer 2007, Summer 2012, Winter 2013/14 floods and Winter 2015/16. Following these national flood events Russell has been involved in local and national reviews, leading the national review of the Winter 2013/14 Floods for the Environment Agency.
Russell has led and been involved in the introduction of many improvements identified by post event reviews. This included improving local flood warning plans, installing new weather radars, updating our flood warning codes and establishing the Flood Forecasting Centre, first in London and then Exeter. This included introducing and developing the Flood Guidance Statement for England and Wales.
FFC – 10 years of partnership working in action.
2019 sees the joint Met Office and Environment Agency’s FFC mark 10 years of operations. This talk will reflect on key flood events, learning points and improvements introduced to better forecast floods and provide the best information to continue to protect lives and livelihoods from the impacts of flooding.