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Researchers from University College London Report Details of New Studies and Findings in the Area of Earth Science (A new approach to flood...

August 1, 2014



Researchers from University College London Report Details of New Studies and Findings in the Area of Earth Science (A new approach to flood vulnerability assessment for historic buildings in England)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Current study results on Science have been published. According to news reporting out of London, United Kingdom, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "The recent increase in frequency and severity of flooding in the UK has led to a shift in the perception of risk associated with flood hazards. This has extended to the conservation community, and the risks posed to historic structures that suffer from flooding are particularly concerning for those charged with preserving and maintaining such buildings."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from University College London, "In order to fully appraise the risks in a manner appropriate to the complex issue of preservation, a new methodology is presented here that studies the nature of the vulnerability of such structures, and places it in the context of risk assessment, accounting for the vulnerable object and the subsequent exposure of that object to flood hazards. The testing of the methodology is carried out using three urban case studies and the results of the survey analysis provide guidance on the development of fragility curves for historic structures exposed to flooding. This occurs through appraisal of vulnerability indicators related to building form, structural and fabric integrity, and preservation of architectural and archaeological values."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Key findings of the work include determining the applicability of these indicators to fragility analysis, and the determination of the relative vulnerability of the three case study sites."

For more information on this research see: A new approach to flood vulnerability assessment for historic buildings in England. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 2014;14(5):1035-1048. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences can be contacted at: Copernicus Gesellschaft Mbh, Bahnhofsallee 1E, Gottingen, 37081, Germany. (Copernicus Publications - www.copernicus.org; Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences - publications.copernicus.org)

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting V. Stephenson, UCL, London, United Kingdom (see also Science).

Keywords for this news article include: London, United Kingdom, Europe, Science

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