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Quantifying the costs and benefits of avoiding new development in floodplains


Flood and Coastal Engineering

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About the Project

Floods are the most common, damaging and costliest natural hazards worldwide. Potential impacts are expected to increase due to climate change (e.g., increased precipitation, sea-level rise, and more frequent storms) as well as socio-economic change (e.g., growing population, GDP, urbanisation). This study focuses on a quantitative assessment of the benefits (in terms of potential socio-economic and environmental damage avoided) and costs (in terms of land acquisition and potential socio-economic gains considered) of avoiding new development within floodplains. The research also applies a Multi-criteria analysis of the potential synergies, conflicts and trade-offs between flood risk management, spatial planning, and infrastructure development in flood prone areas to identify areas (e.g., protected or unprotected natural land) that are more suitable and cost-effective for exclusion from new development consideration.

Funding Notes

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. Recently the UK Government made available the Doctoral Student Loans of up to £25,000 for UK and EU students and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.)


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