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You are here : Technical Divisions : Hydro-Environment : Flood Risk Management

IAHR Flood Risk Management Committee

Next Events:

  • 1st IAHR International Conference on Flood Risk Management, Iowa, 2018

Leadership Team 2017-2019


IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering, 
The University of Iowa


Vice Chair

Dr. Xiaotao Cheng
China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR)

Past Chair

Dr. Larry Weber
The University of Iowa


IAHR Hydro-Environment Programme Officer

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 2015IAHR 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.

Past Events:

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

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

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), The workshop outcome can be found in the workshop Final report.
Launch Meeting, June 30th, 2015, The Hague (during the 36th IAHR World Congress)

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