Agricultural Flood Defence Schemes in floodplain and coastal areas were once an important element of Government support for farmers in Britain. More recently, however, changing priorities in the countryside, concern about environmental quality and perceptions of increased flood risk in lowland areas, in part linked to climate change, have promoted a re-appraisal of land management options and policies for floodplain areas.

A selection of agricultural flood defence schemes, previously studied by the research team in the 1980s, will be re-examined to identify and explain changes in land and water management that have occurred over the last 40-years. This will involve stakeholder and institutional analysis, farmer interviews, field observations and modelling of hydrological and related ecological processes. The influence of agricultural policy, interacting with farmer circumstances and motivation, will also be explored.

Using a mixture of scientific perspectives, options for future land and water management will be identified for the study sites. Opportunities for achieving a wide range of benefits will be assessed relating, for example, to farming, biodiversity, amenity, flood management, water quality and the wider rural economy. The study will inform strategies for floodplain management, helping to develop approaches that are appealing to major stakeholders.



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Integrated floodplain management : an ecosystem services approach

Creator: Jim.R. Rouquette Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

Rural land use and flood risk management : socio-economic and policy aspects

Creator: Helena Posthumus Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

CAP-reform, land management and flood risk

Creator: Helena Posthumus Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

The impact of agricultural policy on land and water management in the UK

Creator: Helena Posthumus Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

Summer flood events : the rural space

Creator: Helena Posthumus Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

Integrated floodplain management in the UK : stakeholder interests

Creator: Helena Posthumus Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

Integrated floodplain management in the Beckingham Marshes

Creator: Helena Posthumus Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

Exploring the potential for integrated floodplain management

Creator: Helena Posthumus Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

Overview of RELU integrated floodplain management project

Creator: Joe Morris Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

Water and ecosystems : joining things up

Creator: Joe Morris Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

Better floodplain management

Creator: Joe Morris Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

Futures for land and water management

Creator: Joe Morris Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

Valuing ecosystem services in lowland floodplains in England

Creator: Tim.M. Hess Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

Floodplain grassland management for conservation

Creator: David.J.G. Gowing Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

Biodiversity considerations with respect to urban development in the floodplain of Shenley Brook

Creator: D.J.G. Growing Date: 10 July 2009 Presentation/lecture

Nature conservation and floodplain management

Creator: David.J.G. Gowing Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

Water management for nature conservation

Creator: David.J.G. Gowing Date: 10 July 2009 Presentation/lecture

Water management for nature conservation : conflicts and synergies

Creator: David.J.G. Gowing Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

Hydrological management for conservation

Creator: David.J.G. Gowing Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

Water management for floodplain meadows

Creator: David.J.G. Gowing Date: 10 July 2009 Seminar/workshop

The ecological value of floodplains : implications for washland creation on rural floodplains along the river Trent

Recipient: Anna Siwek Date: 10 July 2009 Thesis/dissertation

Linear programming model for integrated floodplain management

Recipient: Zsombar Pall Date: 10 July 2009 Thesis/dissertation

A social and economic analysis of the Beckingham Marshes using ecosystem services

Recipient: Miles Morgan Date: 10 July 2009 Thesis/dissertation

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Start date
10 January 2006
End date
30 March 2009
Grant holder
Professor Joe Morris
Co-applicants
Professor P Leeds-Harrison
Professor David Gowing
Professor Andrew Blowers
Dr Tim Hess
Dr Paul Trawick
Grant amount
£315,392.88
Grant reference
RES-227-25-0017
Discipline
Environmental Sciences
Grant type