Scientists have been given millions to launch a research and training centre intending to better understand and manage flooding which has caused havoc across the UK this month.

The £6.5million hub led by the University of Southampton will work to develop a talent pool of environmental experts invested in protecting against rising river, rainfall and sea levels.

It is also aiming to make the UK more resilient to flooding.

The FLOOD centre includes experts from the universities of Bristol, Loughborough and Newcastle, the National Oceanography Centre, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and British Geological Survey, with an additional 37 partner organisations.

It will be overseen by Ivan Haigh, a professor of sea level and coastal impact at the University of Southampton.

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