Communicating the Effectiveness of Flood-Mitigation Schemes


A team of Leeds mathematicians and French civil engineers has developed a new way of visualising and analysing complex flood-protection schemes.

They have steered away from equations and scientific language and have instead devised a graphical display that shows, as a hypothetical lake 2-metres deep, the amount of water that needs to be contained in a river valley to prevent flooding.

The graphic is overlaid with the various options necessary to hold back or to capture the flood waters, and how much each option will cost.

The work is a collaboration between applied mathematicians Professor Onno Bokhove, Professor Mark Kelmanson and Dr Tom Kent from the School of Mathematics at the University of Leeds; and civil engineers Dr Guillaume Piton and Dr Jean-Marc Tacnet from Université Grenoble Alpes.

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