New research aims to protect communities at risk from flooding

New research aims to protect communities at risk from flooding

03 November 2017

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Researchers from the university’s Geography department are working with project partners Moors for the Future Partnership, and colleagues at University of Leeds, Durham University and Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire Environment Agency to understand how natural flood management methods might help to protect 22 at-risk communities in the Peak District, along the western fringe of the Pennines.

The project aims to improve our understanding of how to dam up erosional channels (gullies), assess the impact of restoring Sphagnum moss cover on moorlands, and determine how newly-planted upland woodlands affect storm flow. It will also assess the longer-term evolution of woodland and gully blocking approaches - this is important, as investment in natural flood management requires confidence in the long-term impact of restoration and maintenance of the interventions.

Click here to read more information on the University of Manchester Website

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