As flooding continues to worsen in the rain-sodden UK, British scientists are turning to "back-to-nature" engineering schemes to reduce the impact of these increasing frequent natural disasters.

Experts from Newcastle University are collaborating with the UK’s Environmental Agency on a five-year research project to trial  the viability and effectiveness of so-called “back-to-nature” flood schemes. The environmental engineering methods referred to collectively as “Natural Flood Management” (NFM) entail the use of a landscape’s own pre-existing features and endowments…