RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015

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108 The Many Faces of Flooding: Policy, Science, and Art
Convenor(s) Catherine Butler (University of Exeter, UK)
Neil Adger (University of Exeter, UK)
Saffron O'Neill (University of Exeter, UK)
Kate Walker-Springett (University of Exeter, UK)
Louisa Evans (University of Exeter, UK)
Chair(s) Neil Adger (University of Exeter, UK)
Timetable Wednesday 02 September 2015, Evening (18:45 - 20:00)
Room Forum - Alumni Auditorium
Session abstract This panel session is linked to two proposed scientific sessions:

1) Floods in a Changing Climate: Science, Politics and Transformation
2) Understanding institutional responses to climate change challenges in vulnerable rural areas

In the winter of 2013/2014, the United Kingdom experienced one of the most intense and prolonged flooding events on record. This event was reminiscent of previous experiences of flooding across the UK (e.g. in 2007, 2009, 2012), signaling the importance of the challenges associated with adaptation to increasing flood risk. Contemporary debate about flooding has focused on the concept of resilience and how it might be possible to create more resilient societies. But this occurs in the context of extensive flood resistance measures, such as structural defenses, being planned, implemented, and maintained. The approaches that are adopted to tackle floods thus raise questions about fairness and justice. This panel features key stakeholders who have roles relating to flood management and policy. Each will provide a unique perspective on the 2013/14 winter floods, and comment on UK adaptation to future floods. Invited panel participants include national policy-makers, regional politicians, community and business representatives, and government scientists. The event will be introduced and chaired by leading academic experts in the field. Each panel member will reflect on the following overarching theme and sub-questions:

How can we effectively and fairly build resilience to future flood events?

1. How prepared was the UK for the 2013/2014 flood event?

2. Should we aim to become flood-resilient or flood-resistant? And what, if anything, needs to change to ensure this?

There will be opportunity for discussion within the panel and for audience questions.

We encourage the audience to join us after the panel session for locally-sourced refreshments, and to view the ‘Many faces of flooding’ photographic exhibit in the Forum area.
Contact the conference organisers to request a change to session or paper details: AC2015@rgs.org
Panel Debate: How are we as the UK effectively and fairly adapting and building resilience to future flood events?
Catherine Butler (University of Exeter, UK)
Daniel Johns (Committee on Climate Change, UK)
Sarah Curtis (Durham University, UK)
David Wilkes (ARUP, UK)
Steven Guilbert (Devon Maritime Forum, UK)
Nick Haigh (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK)
Sarah Diacono (Somerset Rivers Authority, UK)