New survey to capture how effective historic property flood resilience is in Leeds and Bradford

Some property owners in Bradford and Leeds are being urged to take part in a survey to capture the effectiveness of flood products installed historically to help protect these communities. The study is being carried out this Autumn as part of the Yorkshire Flood Resilience Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Pathfinder – one of three DEFRA … Read more

Innovative action to improve flood resilience across West Yorkshire

How to deal with more frequent storm and flood events causing devastation across the country is a major challenge set to get worse due to climate change. The Met Office’s recent report – State of UK Climate 2020 – confirms that the country’s climate is changing. Recent decades have been warmer, sunnier but also wetter … Read more

Drop in for a chat and a cuppa at a Climate Café

Climate Cafes are being held next month (September) in York and Hull as a novel way of helping people protect themselves from flooding. Yorkshire Flood Resilience, one of three DEFRA funded property flood resilience pathfinder projects across England, is working with the University of Hull’s Energy and Environment Institute to host the two free events … Read more

Yorkshire Flood Resilience launches new online game to teach children about preparing for flooding

By Yorkshire Flood Resilience Project Officer Lauren Davidson The role of the Yorkshire Flood Resilience project is to raise awareness of property flood resilience (PFR) measures among audiences across Yorkshire. Since the project was established in 2019, we’ve developed a wide range of information, tools and resources aimed at everyone from home and business owners … Read more

Stop the spread of Invasive Species

It’s national Invasive Species Week, 24 – 30 May, and iCASP is joining a campaign to raise awareness of why non native species are a problem and how to deal with them to help protect the environment. Invasive species are one of the top threats to global diversity and cost the British economy over £2 … Read more

A hacking good time: iCASP participated in the Met Office’s climate data hackathon

Overview In light of the upcoming COP26 hosted by the city of Glasgow this November, the Met Office held a virtual hackathon to explore opportunities for boosting societal resilience to climate change. The two-day event on the 16th and 17th of March was aimed at finding new ways to use data to deal with challenges … Read more

Meet Dr Janet Richardson – proud winner of Water Woman Award 2021 (Societal Impact)

A prestigious award has been won by Dr Janet Richardson, an Impact Translation Fellow with iCASP, for both her achievement in the world of research and power to inspire other women. On International day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) she was amongst those honoured with the Water Woman Award 2021.  Dr Janet … Read more

My Favourite Book – for World Book Day

One of my all time favourite books has to be ‘Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish’ by Michael Foreman. This delightful children’s story was hugely influential on me when I was growing up – shaping an early environmental awareness and also nurturing a personal fascinating with cryptozoology.  It is a story of how mankind has built … Read more

New iCASP project – Creating an evidence directory of natural flood management: The Upper Rother Catchment

The use of natural flood management (NFM) has been championed in recent years due to its multiple benefits and resilience to climate change. NFM incorporates such interventions as leaky dams, tree planting, and offline storage ponds, but can also include different soil management techniques such as changes in tillage practices to reduce compaction. There is an increasing need to quantify the … Read more

Climate impacts on health and wellbeing: How is iCASP translating environmental science for resilient decision making?

During the COVID pandemic, it’s easy to lose sight of the impact climate change is already having on the health and wellbeing of people in the UK. Around 2,500 people lost their lives as a result of heatwaves in 2020. We saw the wettest month and individual day last year leading to widespread flooding across … Read more