Introduction

FRIAR 2022 is the eighth conference of this successful series. The conference started at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London in 2008 and was reconvened in Milan in 2010, Dubrovnik in 2012, Poznan in 2014, Venice in 2016, A Coruna in 2018 and online in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since 2012 a parallel seminar on the Design, Construction, Maintenance, Monitoring and Control of Urban Water has taken place which is now an integral part of the conference.

Flooding is a global phenomenon that claims numerous lives worldwide each year. When flooding occurs in urban areas, it can cause substantial damage to property as well as threatening human life. In addition, many more people must endure the homelessness, upset and disruption that are left in the wake of floods. The increased frequency of flooding in the last few years, coupled with climate change predictions and urban development, suggest that these impacts are set to worsen in the future. How we respond and importantly, adapt to these challenges is key to developing our long term resilience at the property, community and city scale.

Apart from the physical damage to buildings, contents and loss of life, which are the most obvious, impacts of floods upon households, other more indirect losses are often overlooked. These indirect and intangible impacts are generally associated with disruption to normal life as well as longer-term health issues including community displacements and stress-related illnesses. Flooding represents a major barrier to the alleviation of poverty in many parts of the developing world, where vulnerable communities are often exposed to sudden and life-threatening events.

As our cities continue to expand, their urban infrastructures need to be re-evaluated and adapted to new requirements related to the increase in population and the growing areas under urbanization. We also need to consider more nature-based interventions to the management of flood risk, including the adoption of more catchment-based approaches. These are now being recognised as being more sustainable and also able to achieve wider benefits to the environment and society as a whole.

This conference also considers these problems and deals with two main urban water topics: water supply systems and urban drainage. Topics such as contamination and pollution discharges in urban water bodies, as well as the monitoring of water recycling systems are currently receiving a great deal of attention from researchers and professional engineers working in the water industry. Water distribution networks often suffer substantial losses which represent wastage of energy and treatment. Effective, efficient and energy-saving management is necessary in order to optimize their performance. Sewer systems are under constant pressure due to growing urbanization and climate change, and the environmental impact caused by urban drainage overflows is related to both water quantity and water quality.

FRIAR seeks to develop an improved understanding of emerging flood risk management and urban water management challenges, drawing on the expertise of numerous disciplines and considering a range of responses. The conference provides a rich forum for the development of innovative solutions that can help bring about multiple benefits toward achieving integrated flood risk and urban water management strategies and policy.

The meeting is aimed to attract researchers, academics and practitioners actively involved in improving our understanding of urban water systems and flood events. It will bring together social scientists, surveyors, engineers, scientists, and other professionals from many countries involved in research and development activities in a wide range of technical and management topics related to urban water and flooding and its impacts on communities, property and people.

Papers presented at this conference, as all other meetings run by the Wessex Institute, are archived in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) and are easily and permanently available in Open Access format to the international community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at FRIAR 2022. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Floods
    • Flood risk management
    • Flood warning and forecasting
    • Flood response and recovery
    • Flood protection
    • Flood modelling
    • Flood mitigation
    • Flood vulnerability
    • Climate change impact
    • Flood damage assessment
    • Socio and economic impact
    • Community engagement
    • Emergency planning
    • Blue-green infrastructure
    • Resilient approaches
    • Catchment-based approaches
    • Natural flood management
    • Remote sensing in flood applications
    • Risk areas
    • Property flood resilience

  • Urban Water Systems
    • Water supply networks
    • Leakage and losses
    • Modelling and experimentation
    • Safety and security of water systems
    • Water quality
    • Water savings and reuse
    • Wastewater treatment and reuse
    • Urban drainage systems
    • Stormwater management
    • Watershed management
    • Structural works and infrastructure
    • Maintenance and repairs
    • Sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDs)
    • Greywater
    • Rainwater harvesting
    • Water and sewage systems in urban areas
    • Water retention

  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

Publication

Papers presented at FRIAR 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and the American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals. The enhanced paper should not include more than 30% of the conference paper. Please contact the conference coordinator if you would like more information on this opportunity.

 

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at FRIAR 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and the American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals. The enhanced paper should not include more than 30% of the conference paper. Please contact the conference coordinator if you would like more information on this opportunity.

Additional Information

Please use the links below to access additional information related to the conference. All links open in a new window.

Here's what our delegates have to say...


"The experience in the conference was very good. Organising these kind of conferences takes a lot of effort. I am immensely pleased and acknowledge Ms Marta Graczyk for her immediate responses and help throughout the conference. "
Amit Passi, India (attended Air Pollution 2021)


"It was the first time that I, A. Silva, attended a conference, and the experience couldn't be better. Very well organised, structured, and interesting. It was a great opportunity to know what it has been done so far concerning air quality, and to understand what can be done in the future."
Ana Silva, Portugal (attended Air Pollution 2021)


"The online conference was perfectly organized."
André Buchau, Germany (attended BEM/MRM 44 2021)


"In July 2000, I attended the Urban Transport Conference which was held in Cambridge UK. It was the first international conference in which I presented one of my research works. After that, I regularly attended the annual Urban Transport Conference [...] until Pisa 2011, where I had the honor of receiving the WIT Eminent Scientist Medal [...] Finally, after over twenty-one years I am still happy and proud to publish and collaborate with the Wessex Institute."
Antonio Pratelli, Italy (attended Urban and Maritime Transport 2021)


"This is my first experience in a conference of this type at the international level. I loved the openness and the welcome, they give you confidence to keep moving forward. We are going to continue participating, I congratulate you."
Bethy Merchan, Ecuador (attended Water and Society 2021)


"The review of this conference was fast and very formative and organized. The topics were different and there was a well-organized program and presentation. I would like to share in the up-coming conference. "
Deena El-Mahdy, Egypt (attended Materials Characterisation 2021)


"Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT) and its' staff are very professional and mindful toward participants and their needs before, during and after conferences. It is a great pleasure when working with with WIT."
Deena Govender, South Africa (attended Sustainable City 2021)


"Very good space to share experiences."
Jhon Chahua, Peru (attended Disaster Management 2021)


"These conferences are a good opportunity to get to know and to share research, as well as to meet other researchers in the field."
Jone Belausteguigoitia, Spain (attended Sustainable City 2021)


"Organization is perfect, namely the assistance of Marta Graczyk."
Jorge Ribeiro, Portugal (attended Sustainable City 2021)


"My experience at the SAFE conference was, as on previous occasions, excellent: you have the opportunity to present your work with the appropriate level of detail and in front of an interested, competent and international audience."
Marco Bietresato, Italy (attended SAFE 2021)


"I was more than happy to attend the Materials Characterization 2021. I was benefitted by the entire experience of it, starting from writing the paper and finally attending it online. I learnt a lot from other delegates. The Chief Academic Officer of WIT, Prof. Santiago, was very friendly and welcoming. The conference coordinator, Ms. Marta was highly cooperative and prompt in resolving any queries and overall conduct of the conference."
Pushpa Jha, India (attended Materials Characterisation 2021)


"Overall, very good. [The Conference Coordinator] did a marvelous job with helping me when needed. "
Tor Stålhane, Norway (attended SAFE 2021)


"It was a precious and unforgettable academic journey for me. The organizers of the conference are enthusiastic and thoughtful, and the scholars are talented. This conference brought me inspiration and thinking that I could not get by publishing articles in journals alone."
Zhongliang Chen, China (attended AFM/MPF 2021)


Short Course Discount Offer

A special 20% discount offer on registration for our Short Course on Water Supply is available for delegates of the FRIAR 2022 conference. Registrations will be checked against those of the conference.

The course will be held from the 13th to 15th September 2022 in the New Forest, UK. Please visit the Course page for the description, programme and registration information.