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Water Research at Manchester Author: Manchester Environmental Research Institute Added on Aug 10, 2020 Duration: 0:09:41 This was presented at an event series convened by Manchester Environmental Research Institute to showcase water related research and was part of the ‘Water Research at Manchester - Hydrological Change and Society's Response’ event on the 22nd July 2020. Recent major flood events have renewed interest in Natural Flood Management (NFM). NFM focuses on managing flood risk by protecting, restoring and emulating the natural regulating functions of rivers and catchments, with the potential to provide environmentally sensitive approaches to flood risk, reduce flood risk in areas where hard defences are not feasible, and to increase the lifespan of existing flood defences. However, the benefits of NFM have not been fully demonstrated or quantified. This talk will introduce ongoing work under the Natural Environment Research Council’s programme ‘Understanding the effectiveness of NFM’, focusing on the potential of upland peatland restoration to reduce downstream flood risk. Tim Allott is Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Manchester, with expertise in environmental hydrology, palaeolimnology, and aquatic and wetland environments. His current research focuses on the management and restoration of degraded peatlands and freshwaters.  

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