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The Levees and Flood Defenses Working Group (LFD WG) is operating under the European Club of ICOLD. It was officially created during the meeting of the European Club in the Stavanger congress of ICOLD in June 2015.. Its terms of reference have been updated in the 2018ICOLD congress in Vienna, as the new Technical Committee on Levees of ICOLD was started. The roles  for the LFD WG are now:

  1. To act as the European level Backing Group to the new ICOLD TC on levees, which will identify issues of importance to European practitioners that should be promoted to ICOLD, including technical, governance and policy issues.
  2. To provide a European Community of Practice on levees (including engineers, managers, researchers, authorities,…), which will also act as a counterpart to the US Levee Safety Coalition.
  3. To provide a vehicle for collation of issues for research and support for national and European level funding of such research.
  4. To provide a vehicle for exchanging and disseminating news and views with regard to levee research and practice, including via workshops, the existing website and a regular newsletter

Membership is open to all individuals who are members of National Committees belonging to the European Club, with agreement from their respective National Committee. Members of EUCOLD LFD WG from a given country will maintain close relation with the national member and the national backing group of ICOLD LE TC (when applicable). Guest contributions from non-members should be allowed when this has significant added value.

Building a resilient flood protection system, including to overtopping. Summer 2019: creating openings in an existing railway

History of the project On the left bank of the south of the Rhône river (in France), between the cities of Tarascon and Arles, a railway embankment has performed for many years as a flood protection structure although it was not a role falling under its owner (the French National Railway company) responsibility. In December 2003, …

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Fusion of information from geophysical and geotechnical investigations for levee assessment

The identification of levees constitutive materials, as well as the detection of possible interfaces and anomalies, are crucial for site characterization. During investigation campaigns, complementary geophysical and geotechnical methods are usually used. These two sets of methods yield data with very different spatial scales and different levels of incompleteness, uncertainty and inaccuracy. On the one …

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