Committee on Flood Risk Management

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Background and Scope

Flood Risk Management (FRM) is a key topic of current concern for the water community, driven primarily by transformations of rural landscapes, unsustainable urban population growth and climate change. At the same time IAHR needs to be more focused on problem–solving in practice and other Committees such as Fluvial Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics are narrowly focused on hydraulic processes.

Following discussion within IAHR (and also with other associations such as IAHS and IWRA), the IAHR council approved at the 2015 meeting the establishment of a new Technical Committee on Floor Risk management which held a launch meeting during the 2015 IAHR World Congress in The Hague. The FRM TC will provide a platform within IAHR to promote and support FRM sessions in our key congresses, and will organise a dedicated FRM conference in Iowa in 2018; it is intended that the new Committee will also act as the main contact point to further stronger links with other associations with an interest in this domain.

Research Agenda

  • Prevention: preventing damage caused by floods by avoiding construction of houses and industries in present and future flood-prone areas; by adapting future developments to the risk of flooding; and by promoting appropriate land-use, agricultural and forestry practices;

  • Protection: taking measures, both structural and non-structural, to reduce the likelihood of floods and/or the impact of floods in a specific location;

  • Preparedness: informing the population about flood risks and what to do in the event of a flood;

  • Emergency response: developing emergency response plans in the case of a flood;

  • Recovery and lessons learned: returning to normal conditions as soon as possible and mitigating both the social and economic impacts on the affected population;

  • Resiliency: working to ensure long-term resiliency of citizens, economies, ecological systems and watershed health for future flood events.

Leadership Team
Daniela Molinari

Politecnico Di Milano - DICA


Vice Chair
Stefan Haun

University of Stuttgart


Past Chair
Alastair G. Barnett

HYDRA Software Ltd

New Zealand

Mustafa Altinakar

Argonne National Laboratory

United States of America

Francesco Ballio

Politecnico di Milano


Benjamin J. Dewals

University of Liege


Jennifer G. Duan

University of Arizona

United States of America

Kamal El Kadi Abderrezzak

Electricité de France, Division R&D


Marian Muste

IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering, The University of Iowa

United States of America

Anastasios I. Stamou

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)


Cesar Adolfo Alvarado Ancieta, M.Sc.

Cesar Alvarado Ancieta - Team Leader - International Expert: River Engineering, Flood Control & Disaster Flood Risk Management, Sedimentation, Irrigation, Hydropower & Dams, Tunneling & Underground Works


Tomasz Dysarz

Poznan University of Life Sciences, Department of Hydraulic and Sanitary Engineering


Ravindra Vitthal Kale

Western Himalayan Regional Centre, National Institute of Hydrology Jammu, J&K, India


Daniele Pietro Viero

University of Padova


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