These web-pages document the work undertaken and key outcomes of Environment Agency project SC060092 ‘Multi-scale experimentation, monitoring and analysis of long-term land use changes and flood risk’. (project code: SC060092)

An innovative experimental design based on multiscale nested flow monitoring was implemented within the Hodder catchment, with the aim of capturing the propagation of flood peaks from upstream to downstream. In total 31 flow gauges were installed, nested up to five deep within sub-catchments. To complement the flow network, rain gauges and an automatic weather station were installed.

The project was set up to address the conclusions of a Defra/Environment Agency Project reviewing the impacts of rural land use and management on flood generation (FD2114). This determined that new data sets, models and methods were required to better understand the impact that changes in rural land use and its management might have on downstream flood risk. A significant challenge was finding catchments undergoing changes in land use management practice that could be readily instrumented and/or monitored. Fortunately extensive upland restoration works were identified as being carried out by United Utilities as part of their Sustainable Catchment Management Plan (SCaMP) which aimed to improve the colour of water abstracted for public supply and improving the condition of Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The works undertaken as part of ScaMP focussed on the headwater catchments of the River Hodder.and included blocking of grips (drains) in peatland, tree planting, and reducing sheep and cattle stocking densities.
FD2114 DEFRA report

Hydrometric instrumentation was used in Hodder catchment in order to capture the impacts of the land use management changes on the environment. The collected data are being more widely used in the development and testing of new models and methods in the Natural Environment Research Council’s Flood Risk from Extreme Events (FREE) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Flood Risk Management Research Consortium 2 (FRMRC2) programmes.

To ensure that the Hodder and SCaMP data become/remain widely available to researchers in this field, a detailed Electronic Project Record (EPR) has been compiled that contains all the data and background information on the catchment and the SCaMP works. Access to the EPR is facilitated through this web site.
For more information about SCaMP, please visit United Utilities

Document last modified: Fri Feb 20 2015 11:12:34 GMT Standard Time