Conference sessions

The Leonardo Conference had the ambition of looking at floods in 3D. The focus of the three main general sessions of the conference was learning from the similarities and differences of basic ideas and concepts concerning the generating physical processes, investigating the patterns in which these demonstrate themselves and presenting predictive approaches helping mankind to cope with them. The scope of the sessions aimed to embrace both general methodological contributions and case studies in different regions. These particular aspects were covered by contributions beyond the traditional cascade of approaches (flood generation, propagation, inundation, impact) in three main sessions - processes, patterns and predictions - as outlined below.


This session focused on a number of scientific gaps in understanding and modelling flood processes and predicting flood severity, such as:

  • Understanding of coupled human and natural flood systems
  • Comparison (and integration) of hydraulic, hydrological and stochastic flood models
  • Development of techniques for the assimilation of ground and remote sensing data.


The analysis of flood patterns may provide key elements for addressing topical issues in hydrology. In particular, the session focused on:

  • How analysis of space-time patterns of floods may effectively support flood hazard estimation through an improved process understanding
  • An enhanced assessment and interpretation of variability and change in space-time patterns of flood data
  • Integration of remotely and locally sensed data for improving pattern understanding and for application in poorly gauged areas.


Flood risk predictions are characterized by considerable uncertainty, which needs to be evaluated and clearly communicated to decision-makers. Therefore the session dealt with:

  • Estimation of uncertainty in extreme rainfall, discharge, overbank flow and inundation extent for flood risk predictions and the characterisation of their considerable uncertainty
  • Predictions in ungauged catchments for which little or no measured data are available, with a particular focus on reduction and characterisation of uncertainty in those predictions
  • Communication of flood risk and uncertainty to decision-makers.
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