Ambiental modelling predicts UK flood patterns

Flood risk consultancy Ambiental were kept busy throughout December, as extreme flooding hit the north of England and Scotland. The company's flood modelling and mapping software was able to accurately predict flood patterns in locations such as Carlisle, where Brunton Park Stadium was left completely underwater.

Last week, Ambiental's Managing Director, Dr Justin Butler, spoke to Sky News about how to better anticipate and protect communities against the risk of flooding:

Earlier in the month, Ambiental hosted an event for insurers and reinsurers, ahead of the launch of the government's new Flood Re initiative. It is hoped that the new initiative will help to provide more comprehensive home insurance cover for residential properties at risk of flooding.

Speakers at the event included Michael Wade (former Crown Representative for Insurance at the Cabinet Office), Aidan Kerr (Director of Operations for Flood Re), Chris Chambers (Senior Product Manager for Ordnance Survey) and Ambiental's Dr Justin Butler. Dr Butler described the recurring phenomenon of extreme flooding events as the 'new normal', demonstrating how, by accurately estimating the depth and extent of flood events, Ambiental is able to help its clients reliably predict loss estimates. Visit Ambiental's blog for full coverage of the presentations and panel discussion.