CIWEM and JBA Trust award Outstanding Paper accolade to USA study on monetary damages from flooding

"Flooding in Minot" by DVIDSHUB licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

“Flooding in Minot” by DVIDSHUB licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Chosen from a total of thirty one articles published in Volume 7, the paper by C. Wobus, M. Lawson, R. Jones, J. Smith and J. Martinich entitled “Estimating monetary damages from flooding in the United States under a changing climate” published in issue 3 has been awarded The Journal of Flood Risk Management Outstanding Paper Award, supported by The JBA Trust.

This paper tackles an issue that is of prime importance to developing flood risk management policy.  Under the current concerns of heightening flood risk and flood damages, the paper is an important contribution to assessment methodology and practice at the broadest scale in the US.

The authors examine the relationship between observed rainfall and flood damages totalled in 18 Water Resource Regions covering the whole of the US and then assess changes in rainfall and damage based on spatial and seasonal changes inferred from climate modelling.

Dr Paul Samuels, Editor in Chief of the Journal said:

“The winning paper demonstrated many good qualities, but most importantly it addresses an important issue in flood risk management.  It can be used as an example for other authors; it is clearly written and well structured, developing and implementing a novel approach and the conclusions of the paper provide an appropriate summary of the key implications of the national scale analysis.”

The sponsorship of the Outstanding Paper Award by JBA Trust has enabled the paper to be made freely available on the Journal webpage.

Rob Lamb, Director of the JBA Trust said:

“We’re delighted to enable wider access to the award-wining paper again this year and continue our support for CIWEM and the Journal of Flood Risk Management.  We recognise the contribution to the Journal made by all its authors, editors and reviewers, and hope that our support helps in sharing the benefits of their work.”

Highly commended papers for this year’s award are as follows:

  • J. Morris, P. Brewin (2014), The impact of seasonal flooding on agriculture: the spring 2012 floods in Somerset, England, JFRM Vol 7 no 2
  • M. Alexander, C. Viavattene, H. Faulkner, S. Priest (2014), Translating the complexities of flood risk science using KEEPER – a knowledge exchange exploratory tool for professionals in emergency response, JFRM Vol 7 no 3
  • M.A.U.R. Tariq, O.A.C. Hoes, N.C. Van de Giesen (2014), Development of a risk-based framework to integrate flood insurance, JFRM Vol 7 no 4