A project funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

(Featured image courtesy of NOAA Digital Coast.)

We hypothesise that scaling laws for flood deposits in built environments differ systematically from those for flood deposits in non-built environments.

Population and land-use pressures on river and coastal floodplains means that flood events deposit large volumes of sediment and debris in built environments. These “unnatural” flood deposits are ubiquitous, delay emergency response, and are costly to clean up. We aim to predict how spatial characteristics of the built environment control the shape, scale, movement, and distribution of flood deposits. We will measure and model flood deposits in built and non-built environments to quantify and explain their differences. This project is a formative step in transdisciplinary research into how natural phenomena interact with and impact built environments.


Dr Evan Goldstein – Co-investigator; Dr Hannah Williams – Research Fellow; Luke Taylor – PhD student


Tweets from the keystone experiment at the Hull’s Total Environment Simulator (TES):


Goldstein E, Lazarus E, Beuzen T, Williams H, Limber P, Cohn N, et al. (2020) Labels for Hurricane Florence (2018) Emergency Response Imagery from NOAA, figshare [dataset], doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.11604192.v1 (link)

Lazarus ED, Goldstein EB (2019) Is there a bulldozer in your model? Journal of Geophysical Research Earth Surface 124, 696–699. (open access: link)

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