The Natural Hazards Partnership Conference 2019

Fire, Flood and Space, Ordnance Survey, Southampton, 26 – 27 March 2019.

***A more detailed summary and additional content will be posted in the coming weeks.***

Presentations (PDF) for each session can be found below:

The Natural Hazards Partnership Conference 2019 in Southampton covered Wildfires, Earth Observation and Surface Water Flooding. Representatives from the emergency services, the public sector, utilities companies and academia presented and debated a variety of perspectives relating to the impacts and risk of natural hazards.

Key messages that arose from the conference included:

  1. Ensuring that the work across all forums is focused on the user and their requirements.
  2. Achieving a better understanding of uncertainty in our modelling and forecasting.
  3. The importance of working together on common goals.
  4. Improving communication and making our work interesting and engaging to different audiences.

Session 1: Wildfires

The NHP Daily Hazard Assessment – Deborah Lee, Met Office

Wildfire Overview – Simon Thorp, Chair of England & Wales Wildfire Forum

Wildfires in Wales, Craig Hope, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Wildfire Community Fire Danger Rating System Needs, Andy Elliot, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue

The History and Development of Wildfire Danger Rating in Scotland – Michael Bruce, Scottish Wildfire Forum

A UK Approach to Fire Danger Rating System – Rob Gazzard, Forestry Commission

Session 2: Observations from Space for Resilience

Observations from Space for Resilience – James Norris, GEO Secretariat

Enabling resilience – Update from the Space for Smarter Government Programme – Sara Huntingdon, UK Space Agency

Operational Services for the Public Sector – David Hodgson, Contractor to UK Space Agency

Wildfire observations – Prof. Martin Wooster, NERC National Centre for Earth Observation

Space for Resilience, UK capabilities and support services – Simon Agass, Satellite Applications Catapult

Session 3: Surface Water Flooding

Surface Water Flooding Model – Steve Cole, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

From Hazard to Impact: An Impact Library approach for surface water flood forecasting – Tim Aldridge, Health and Safety Executive

Operational Surface Water Flood Forecasting – Graeme Boyce, Flood Forecasting Centre

Making Rain Happy: A water company perspective to managing surface water – Jonathan Glerum, Anglian Water

Flooding from Intense Rainfall Project – Linda Speight, University of Reading

Real-time surface water flood risk mapping for emergency responders – Dr Dapeng Yu, Loughborough University.