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Report on Meeting Friday 19th Nov
The West Oxford Community centre was filled to capacity on Friday 19 Nov 2021 to hear a range of independent experts comment on the proposed Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme, which will shortly be submitted for planning application by the Environment Agency. The meeting was organised by the newly formed Oxford Flood and Environment group who are responding to a groundswell of concern about the scheme and people came from all over the Thames catchment to attend.
A packed meeting heard the scheme has serious weaknesses in the opinion of international floods specialist David Ramsbottom, who lives in Oxford.
Flood Risks and Climate Change
Hydrologist and associate Professor Louise Slater from the School of Geography, University of Oxford gave an overview of the changes in flood risk affecting Oxford. She confirmed flood risk has been increasing and the city needed to become more flood resilient.
Flood Management in a Climate Emergency
Leading hydrologist assesses the challenges facing the flood alleviation scheme
A packed meeting heard the scheme described as “fundamentally flawed” by internationally renowned hydrological engineer and expert on the effects of climate change on flood management, David Ramsbottom.