In this lecture, Mr Curtin presents a review of the flooding, looking at what happened during this period and how it differed from previous events. He also discusses the internal and external challenges the winter floods provided in terms of response and recovery coordination, and the strategic lessons identified by the Environment Agency’s floods review. He reviews how these are being progressed to improve resilience to future events and discusses the global lessons of these events.
Mr Curtin also gives an overview of the damage to infrastructure and the progress on repairs. He also wonders if this was the first “social media” flood. He concludes with a discussion of the question ‘has better forecasting led to a better response’, a key question for the world during an era of rapid climate change globally.
John Curtin read Hydrology at Lancaster University. He has been Director of the British Environment Agency responsible for Incident Management & Resilience since June 2012. He is responsible for developing the organisation’s ability to respond to floods and environmental incidents. Mr Curtin’s previous roles at the Environment Agency include Regional Flood Executive & Head of Water Resources Regulation. He has been a commissioner of the United Kingdom’s Meteorological Office and of the Forestry Commission. During major incidents, Mr Curtin’s role is national coordination of response through the Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBR) at Downing Street, the Prime Minister’s crisis response committee to coordinate the response of the United Kingdom to instances of national or international crisis.
Members of the RGS and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$150 for Members and HK$200 for guests and others.
The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to Bloomberg for its generous assistance with this lecture