Professor Zoran Kapelan

University of Exeter

Prof. Zoran Kapelan is Professor of Water Systems Engineering and Head of the Water and Environment Group at the University of Exeter. He is an IWA Fellow and a chartered member of CIWEM with over 27 years of experience in both academia and industry. His research interests include a wide range of topics in water engineering with particular focus on addressing issues related to urban water infrastructure management. His research work in this field resulted in a novel event recognition technology that is now used companywide in one of the largest UK water utilities. Prof. Zoran Kapelan is Associate Editor of high impact international journals of Water Resources Research and ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. He has over 300 technical publications and a patent. Further information available at

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Adaptive Planning for Effective Flood Risk Management under Uncertainty

The existing, predominantly precautionary approaches used for the long-term management of flood risks are proving to be expensive yet not effective enough in dealing with future uncertainties such as climate change and urbanisation. A fundamentally different approach, based on the concept of flexible planning with optional adaptation pathways will be presented. This approach will be illustrated on the Thames Estuary case study demonstrating the associated multiple benefits.