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Unit information: Flood Risk Management 4 in 2015/16

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Unit name Flood Risk Management 4
Unit code CENGM3000
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Han
Open unit status Not open

Hydraulics 2 (CENG21300)



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

The unit covers the theoretical, practical and policy aspects of identifying, quantifying and mitigating flood risk. Themes covered will be: flood hydrology; statistics; hydraulics and modelling; coastal flood risk; flood defence; urban flooding; climate change; hazard and risk; policy and legal aspects; flood forecasting; groundwater; and water quality.

This unit will give students a theoretical and practical understanding of flood risk analysis and management.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students will be able to

  1. understand probability and statistical concepts in flood risk analysis (PLO A1)
  2. carry out flood peak frequency analysis (PLO A1)
  3. know how to source flood information (PLO B2)
  4. understand regional frequency analysis (PLO A1, B2)
  5. estimate floods in ungauged catchments (PLO A1, B2)
  6. estimate areal rainfall (PLO A1, B2)
  7. understand rainfall runoff process (PLO A1, B2)
  8. estimate PMP/PMF (PLO A1, B2)
  9. understand flood risk mapping process (PLO B2)
  10. understand issues with real-time flood forecasting (PLO B1)
  11. understand coastal flooding (PLO A1)
  12. apply design principles for flood defence activities (PLO A2, B4, B5, B8) 13. be aware of the impact of climate change on flood risk (PLO B1, B2, B8)

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

2 hour written exam

Reading and References

  • Beven K (2004) Rainfall – Runoff Modelling: The Primer, Wiley
  • CEH (1999) Flood Estimation Handbook, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
  • Chow, VT, Maidment, DR and Mays, LW (1988) Applied Hydrology, McGraw-Hill
  • Haan, CT (2002) Statistical Methods in Hydrology, Iowa State Press