Committee on Flood Risk Management

Future Events

  • 8th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM8) in August 17-19, 2020 in Iowa City, (USA), sessions sponsored by FRM TC. 


  • Launch of a decade of FRM TC action: suggestions from the community welcome!!

Data/Model Repository

 Flood Damage Models (FDM)

Typical Flood Management Case Studies (uploaded in FRM community "Resource Library")

On the role of hydraulic engineering to support flood resilience and mitigation (Outline based on discussions held during the IAHR FRM TC on September 6, 2018 during the River Flow conference in Lyon)

Dam-break flows over mobile beds: experiments and benchmark tests for numerical models

Flood Risk Management Technical Committee (FRMTC) Activities

FRM TC Webconference Meeting Recording (148 MB)

Last update of the site: March 12, 2019.

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Duan  (

Background and Scope

Flood Risk Management (FRM) is a key topic of current concern for the water community, driven primarily by transformations of rural landscapes, unsustainable urban population growth and climate change.  At the same time IAHR needs to be more focused on problem–solving in practice and other Committees such as Fluvial Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics are narrowly focused on hydraulic processes.

Following discussion within IAHR (and also with other associations such as IAHS and IWRA), the IAHR council approved at the 2015 meeting the establishment of a new Technical Committee on Floor Risk management which held a launch meeting during the 2015IAHR World Congress in The Hague. The FRM TC will provide a platform within IAHR to promote and support FRM sessions in our key congresses, and will organise a dedicated FRM conference in Iowa in 2018; it is intended that the new Committee will also act as the main contact point to further stronger links with other associations with an interest in this domain.

Research Agenda

  • Prevention: preventing damage caused by floods by avoiding construction of houses and industries in present and future flood-prone areas; by adapting future developments to the risk of flooding; and by promoting appropriate land-use, agricultural and forestry practices;

  • Protection: taking measures, both structural and non-structural, to reduce the likelihood of floods and/or the impact of floods in a specific location;

  • Preparedness: informing the population about flood risks and what to do in the event of a flood;

  • Emergency response: developing emergency response plans in the case of a flood;

  • Recovery and lessons learned: returning to normal conditions as soon as possible and mitigating both the social and economic impacts on the affected population;

  • Resiliency: working to ensure long-term resiliency of citizens, economies, ecological systems and watershed health for future flood events.

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