Through the identification and evaluation of a real-life case study of your choice critically analyse the environmental benefits and technical difficulties to be considered by designers in applying SUDs or NFM techniques
Evaluation and Critical Analysis of Flood Alleviation Techniques
Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDs) and Natural Flood Management (NFM) techniques have the potential to contribute significantly to a reduction in flooding in both urban and rural areas. Consequently the aim of this assignment is to investigate the role of SUDs and NFM in contributing to flood alleviation.
On successful completion of the module, the student should be able to:
Critically analyse flood risk assessments and suggest appropriate structural
and non-structural methods to reduce the impact of flooding.
Task A (1500 words)
Through the identification and evaluation of a real-life case study of your choice critically analyse the environmental benefits and technical difficulties to be considered by designers in applying SUDs or NFM techniques.
Task B (1500 words)
Using your findings from Task A investigate the potential of applying either SUDs or NFM techniques to a flood prone location/site in the vicinity in which you currently reside, or are familiar with. The location/site chosen should be evidenced via self-sourced photographs and an explanation of the problems to be addressed. Your written solution should be supported by technical information, including sketches/images of the flood alleviation techniques you propose to employ, and the reasons why they have been selected.
Resources & Reference Materials
Module lecture support notes, including UK and EC legislation and implications for stakeholders; Civil Contingencies Act 2004, Water Act 2004, EC Directives, including EU Floods Directive 200760/EC on the assessment and management of flood risks, Planning Policy Statement 25: Development and Flood Risk, Draft Flood and Management Bill, Recommendations made in the 2007 Pitt Review, Roles and responsibilities for flood defence and risk management in the UK, Overview of methods for implementation; Environment Agency, Local Authorities, Local Area Agreements, DEFRA, British Waterways.
The assignment will be in report format, approximately 2500 words in length, conforming to appropriate written assignment standards. Dividing the submission into sections by using sub-headings makes presentation and reading easier; and a robust conclusion (drawing on arguments presented in your writing) is a vital element.
Where appropriate, tables, charts, calculations, images and/or drawings, should be used to compliment and support descriptive text. Reference sources can be freely drawn on, but remember to cite the source(s) used, and identify them properly in the References section.