Compound flooding from tropical cyclone-induced sea surge and precipitation in Sri Lanka (C-FLOOD)

A new generation of compound flood hazard maps, based upon state-of-the-art computer modelling

Project highlight

Coastal communities in the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka face significantly greater risk of coastal flooding from storm surges associated with seasonal cyclones than those in the rest of the country. The C-FLOOD project aims to produce a new generation of compound flood hazard maps, based upon state-of-the-art computer modelling. It will also consider a variety of climate change scenarios which will influence flooding due to predicted rising sea levels. Furthermore, the protective effects of the natural vegetation will be included in the modelling and hazard maps, by conducting experiments at the University of Plymouth's COAST Laboratory. The final outcome will be improved predictions of flooding inundation, with engagement of three selected communities, leading to improved resilience to compound flooding

Principle investigators

  • Professor Alison Raby – University of Plymouth
  • Dr Ravindra Jayaratne – University of East London
  • Dr Kaori Kitagawa – University College London
  • Professor Janaka Wijetunge – University of Peradeniya
  • Mr Sujeewa Ranawaka – Coast Conservation & Coastal Resource Management Department, Sri Lanka

Post-doctoral researchers

  • Dr Piyali Chowdhury – University of Plymouth
  • Dr Robin Matthews – University of East London