Flood & Coast 2017: Event debrief

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Flood & Coast 2017: Event debrief

Product Manager Paul Drury at Ambiental’s exhibition stand operated alongside Telespazio.

Between the 28th – 30th of March 2017 the UK’s flood and coastal risk communities came together in the Telford International Centre to share experience and build resilience.

At this year’s well attended Flood & Coast event Ambiental showcased a variety of technologies for combatting flooding at our exhibition stand. Ambiental’s staff were on hand to display our full range of flood risk analytics and environmental assessment services. Presentations were also delivered to launch our new products and services for monitoring floods from space and analysing the risk of flooding through climate change.

Central to this exhibition was the launch of Ambiental’s new Rapid Flood Monitoring Service. Developed in collaboration with our technological partners Telespazio Vega UK this service provides GIS modelled flood monitoring layers which are derived from satellite based SAR flood detection inputs captured from live flood events. Data layers are rapidly distributed to central command teams and emergency responders on the ground to assist with disaster response efforts. This technology was developed through a recent project under the Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP). In seminar presentations Jonathan Shears of Telespazio firstly explained smart tasking and satellite data capture. Paul Drury of Ambiental then delivered a seminar presentation explaining how Ambiental is able to take patchy remotely sensed flood data and apply geoprocessing routines in order to improve accuracy and reliability. For more information read the Intelligent Insurer, and view a copy of the Rapid Flood Hazard Monitoring presentation slides.


Jonathan Shears of Telespazio explains smart satelite tasking and how to extract flooding from SAR data.

At the conference Ambiental also presented alongside Landmark Information Group to publicise our work in modelling future flood climate change scenarios. Our new FloodFutures™ data layers use future climate projections precision flood modelling to identify future flood risk concerns. This innovative new product is the first national product of its kind in the market and will prove a useful tool for UK flood risk analysis. Preceding Ambiental’s presentation Oliver Lancaster from Wales & West Utilities outlined the challenges faced by utilities providers in reporting and adapting to climate change risks. Using this product will enable a clearer understanding of predicted future increases in flooding which will help with long term infrastructure decisions. For further information read the Climate Change Adaption product card, and view a copy of Paul Drury’s Climate Change Adaption presentation slides.


Paul Drury of Ambiental presents on turning climate change predictions into future flooding scenarios.

Throughout the three day event a wide ranging programme of presentations on flooding and coastal risk was delivered. Key stakeholders within the public and private sector were amongst the many attendees and exhibitors. This provided many great opportunities to discuss possibilities for collaboration and highlighted an abundance of ways in which Ambiental’s data and consultancy services could be applied to the challenges of flood risk management in the UK and internationally.


Ambiental’s CEO Dr Justin Butler and Geraint Cooksley of Telespazio discuss the flood monitoring service with Sarah Hendry, Director of Floods and Water at Defra.

During the Flood & Coast event Ambiental ran a competition to win a drone. The prize of a Parrot Mambo minidrone was much sought after and the winner has now been drawn at random by Ambiental’s Managing Director Justin Butler. Many congratulations to the winner Stuart Fawcett, of Environmental Scientifics Group (ESG) who will also be notified directly. This fun prize will be flying it’s way towards you very soon!


Ambiental’s competition prize of a drone was widely sought after by delegates hoping to take to the skies.

If you could not make it along to the event or missed a chance to meet with Ambiental then fear not, you can get in touch and contact us here. For more information on how Ambiental is providing flood and environmental risk decision support tools to customers around the world click here. And don’t forget to follow us on twitter, like us on Facebook and join us on LinkedIn to stay updated with the latest and greatest in flood news and innovations.


About the Author

Paul Drury is the GIS Data Manager at Ambiental. His role includes project management of production operations and reporting back to stakeholders. He also oversees the preparation, integration and quality assurance checking of data assets. Paul is an expert in GIS and data analysis with a developed understanding of the environmental data industry and underlying technical concepts. He has a BSc (hons) in Environmental Sciences from the University of Brighton.

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