Mr Graeme Boyce, Strategy and Development Officer at the Flood Forecasting Centre (FFC), has visited Colyton Grammar School to talk to students.
Mr Boyce gave a talk to Year 7 students on forecasting wide-scale flooding, hurricanes and storm surges.
Students from Years 11 and 12 were given a detailed presentation on the models used by the FFC to predict flooding, linking this to a range of socio-economic and political issues.
Mr Boyce said: “The work of the Flood Forecasting Centre is important because it protects lives and livelihoods.”
Year 7 student Danae P said: “We were very fortunate to have a talk from such an expert on flooding.”
The Flood Forecasting Centre, based in Exeter, is a partnership between the Environment Agency and the Met Office, combining meteorology and hydrology expertise into a specialised hydrometeorology service. The centre forecasts for all natural forms of flooding – river, surface water, tidal/coastal and groundwater, providing five-day forecasts to emergency responders, including emergency services, utility companies and central government.
By student reporter Todd O