bridge spanning a flooded river

Damage to, or the loss of, critical infrastructure can have significant impacts; endangering lives, damaging business operations and livelihoods, disrupting supply chains and add to the disturbance of communities and their activities.

Learning from past, present and future incidents, this group will focus on the impacts that water related events can have on infrastructure and the wider consequences for society, local economies and ecosystems.  Our work will consider the increasing risks posed by warmer climates, rising sea levels and more extreme weather events and the consequential impacts and costs of damaged infrastructure and the interruption of utilities and services. An ability to predict events take appropriate risk management actions and avert impacts will be key to developing future resilience.

In bringing together an inter-disciplinary research community across the GW4 we will share our existing research, identify gaps in delivery and seize the opportunity to work with our stakeholders to co-develop solutions.

research community members

The membership of 22 researchers and postgraduate students is led by:

  • Dr. Chris Blenkinsopp (University of Bath)
  • Dr. Albert Chen (University of Exeter)
  • Dr. Kirstin Strokorb (Cardiff University)
  • Dr. Maria Pregnolato (University of Bristol).

Join us

If you have any questions or are interested in joining this particular research community please register your interest by emailing Andy Schofield at

upcoming workshops

The Water, Infrastructure and Extreme Events Special Interest Water Research Group will be hosting 3 workshops during May. The aim of the workshops is to explore stakeholder concerns regarding the resilience of their managed assets and in particular to identify gaps in knowledge which could be addressed by the GW4 research community.  At these events you will be able to connect with those managing infrastructure at risk from water-related extreme events (focusing on the GW4 region initially) and through presentation to our group and subsequent discussion, identify challenges and research requirements, which may then lead to the development of future research collaboration.

The three workshops are:

5 May: Urban Planning. This workshop focuses on Cardiff City Council’s concerns about future flood risk. Based on initial discussions with the Resilience Manager at Cardiff City Council, we will explore opportunities for a catchment wide research approach, involving multiple stakeholders and input from many of the research WSA disciplines.

17 May: Transport. This workshop, attended by Network Rail and Highways England, will look at the resilience of transport infrastructure. You will gain an understanding of where your research capabilities can fill the gaps in Network Rail’s knowledge regarding the resilience of structures that they manage.

26 May: Water Sector Infrastructure . In this workshop, attended by South West Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, and Wessex Water, we will listen to the concerns of the water companies in relation to the resilience of their assets, to extreme events. Participants will give a brief outline of their research expertise and then explore the gaps in research knowledge that we may be able to resolve through collaboration.

If you would like to find out more and participate in any of the above please email .