Celebrating 40 years of the National River Flow Archive

POSTPONED: Unfortunately due to some technical issues the Webinar did not go ahead as planned. We are working on a new data and will advertise this as soon as we have it!

For the last 40 years, the UK NRFA has been underpinning hydrological research and water-management activities and delivering data and expertise to UK Government and international organisations. The NRFA acts as the main focal point for hydrometric data in the UK, providing stewardship of, and access to, daily, monthly and flood peak river flow data from over 1,500 gauging stations across the UK.

This webinar will celebrate both the history of the Archive and the use of the data by a range of organisations. We are delighted that Jamie Hannaford (UKCEH) will present our keynote address providing an overview on the Archive and its history.

Katie Muchan and Rob Grew (Environment Agency) and Penny Hearn (Canal & River Trust) will provide a Measuring Authority’s perspective on the use of the NRFA and the importance of hydrometric data. They will celebrate the last 40 years of collaboration, provide case studies and look forward to the next 40 years.

Saskia Salwey is a final year PhD student at the University of Bristol focusing on incorporating reservoir representation into national-scale hydrological modelling across Great Britain. She will explain how she uses the NRFA data downstream of reservoirs to validate and calibrate models to try and understand how the reservoirs are operated and what impact they are having on the flow regime.

Anthony Hammond of JBA Consulting, will highlight the benefits to scientific advancement of freely available data. He will describe examples of the use of NRFA data, in particular the peak flows dataset in the flood risk management industry.

Dr Louise Slater, Associate Professor in Physical Geography at the University of Oxford, will present a selection of projects developed by her research group using NRFA data. These projects include estimations of historical changes in the occurrence of severe river flooding as well as future flood predictions for Great Britain.

The meeting will be hosted by Victoria Coates, the BHS Secretary and Paul Sadler of the Environment Agency.