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Background and Scope

Flood Risk Management (FRM) is a key topic of current concern for the water community, driven primarily by transformations of rural landscapes, unsustainable urban population growth and climate change. At the same time IAHR needs to be more focused on problem–solving in practice and other Committees such as Fluvial Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics are narrowly focused on hydraulic processes.

Following discussion within IAHR (and also with other associations such as IAHS and IWRA), the IAHR council approved at the 2015 meeting the establishment of a new Technical Committee on Floor Risk management which held a launch meeting during the 2015 IAHR World Congress in The Hague. The FRM TC will provide a platform within IAHR to promote and support FRM sessions in our key congresses, and will organise a dedicated FRM conference in Iowa in 2018; it is intended that the new Committee will also act as the main contact point to further stronger links with other associations with an interest in this domain.

Research Agenda

  • Prevention: preventing damage caused by floods by avoiding construction of houses and industries in present and future flood-prone areas; by adapting future developments to the risk of flooding; and by promoting appropriate land-use, agricultural and forestry practices;

  • Protection: taking measures, both structural and non-structural, to reduce the likelihood of floods and/or the impact of floods in a specific location;

  • Preparedness: informing the population about flood risks and what to do in the event of a flood;

  • Emergency response: developing emergency response plans in the case of a flood;

  • Recovery and lessons learned: returning to normal conditions as soon as possible and mitigating both the social and economic impacts on the affected population;

  • Resiliency: working to ensure long-term resiliency of citizens, economies, ecological systems and watershed health for future flood events.

Leadership Team
Daniela Molinari

Politecnico Di Milano - DICA


Vice Chair
Stefan Haun

University of Stuttgart


Past Chair
Alastair G. Barnett

HYDRA Software Ltd

New Zealand

MSc. Cesar Adolfo Alvarado Ancieta

Cesar Alvarado Ancieta - Team Leader - International Expert: River Engineering, Flood Control, Sedimentation, Hydropower & Dams


Tomasz Dysarz

Poznan University of Life Sciences, Department of Hydraulic and Sanitary Engineering


Ravindra Vitthal Kale

Western Himalayan Regional Centre, National Institute of Hydrology Jammu, J&K, India


Daniele Pietro Viero

University of Padova


Mustafa Altinakar

Argonne National Laboratory

United States of America

Francesco Ballio

Politecnico di Milano


Benjamin J. Dewals

University of Liege


Jennifer G. Duan

University of Arizona

United States of America

Kamal El Kadi Abderrezzak

Electricité de France, Division R&D


Marian Muste

IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering, The University of Iowa

United States of America

Past Events

  • Special session on “Weak Points in the Flood Risk Modelling Chain” at the 7th IAHR Europe Congress

  • Initiative Towards Practical Flood Risk Assessment for Development Projects” and Special Session during the 39th IAHR World Congress, 2022, Granada

  • 8th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM8) in August 9-11, 2021 in Iowa City, (USA), sessions sponsored by FRM TC. 

  • Master Classes on Flood Risk Management, River Flow Conference 2018, September 5-8, 2018, Lyon, France.

  • 5th IAHR Europe Congress, New Challenges in Hydraulic Research and Engineering, Trento 12-14, June 2018, sessions sponsored by FRM TC.

  • Developing and Assessing Resilient Systems in Support of National Security organized by Military Operations Research Society (MORS), April 10-11, 2018, Vicksburg, MS. 

  • Workshop “Validation in Flood Risk Modelling: combining scientific, policy and market perspectives”, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, 20-21 November 2017

  • Flood Risk Management committee meeting in Kuala Lumpur (August 14, 2017)

  • Special Session on Flood Science for Flood Prediction, Mitigation, and Resilience, River Flow 2016, St Louis, July 12-15th, 2016

  • Dr Xiatao Cheng–secretary of the FRM TC-was actively involved in the delivery of the: Regional Workshop on South-South Cooperation in Flood Management Workshop (December 14-16 2015; Foshan, China)

  • Launch Meeting, June 30th, 2015, The Hague (during the 36th IAHR World Congress)

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