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Flood Hazard Research Centre (Middlesex University) (MU/FHRC): Partner 10

Middlesex UniversityThe Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC) at Middlesex University was established in 1970 to examine the relationship between people and the hazards that they face (specialising in flood hazards). It is staffed by an interdisciplinary group of geographers, sociologists, economists and natural scientists, and in 2000 won the prestigious UK Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its work over many years. The Centre’s work has focused for more than 25 years on the damages that floods cause, working in both the UK and overseas. This research has been based on the meticulous analysis of actual flood events, and comprehensive investigations of secondary sources of data on socio-economic conditions of flood prone areas, from which to derive secondary sources data indicators on flood vulnerability. This research has resulted in a multi-million item dataset on flood damages. This dataset has been refined over these many years and published in a serious of Manuals (1977; 1987; 1992; 2003) and the data have become the ‘industry standard’ for appraising the damage effects of flood in the UK. The publications have been supported by DEFRA (the UK central government flood Ministry) and are in widespread use by the UK Environment Agency. The FHRC has worked extensively in Europe, co-ordinating the EUROflood project (1992-6) under the EPOCH programme. The Centre has participated in the RIBAMOB concerted action, and is now involved in the OSIRIS project as part of the Technical Review Committee. The results of the Centre’s research have been applied in more than a score of countries worldwide.

For further information visit the Middlesex University website on: www.fhrc.mdx.ac.uk

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