European Commission funding under contract ERAC-CT-2004-515742, completed in October 2009. The CRUE ERA-Net continue to co-operate on joint research initiatives and Partners are exploring opportunities for maintaining and extending collaboration in the future.
In recent years, Europe has suffered a number of severe river and coastal floods that have caused loss of life and property.
Climate change is increasing the risk of such catastrophes. National governments have responded with research into flood risk management and mitigation, but there has been little coordination of their programmes.
The CRUE network has been set up to consolidate existing European flood research programmes, promote best practice and identify gaps and opportunities for collaboration on future programme content.
Its 16 partners come from most European countries that have been particularly badly affected by flooding. By supporting best practice and the spread of knowledge, they expect to improve flood management in their own countries and the rest of Europe.