Flood hydrology roadmap launched

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A flood hydrology roadmap which sets out a vision to help scientists and practitioners understand the impact of climate change on flood risk and will support modelling of past and future climate change impacts has been released.

Setting out a vision for flood hydrology in the UK for the next 25 years, the roadmap covers England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from 2021 to 2046.

Bringing together the views of more than 100 experts from over 50 organisations, the roadmap is set to improve hydrological data, models and science which can be used to inform how we adapt to flood risk from our rivers, surface water, groundwater and reservoirs.

Dr Sean Longfield, Lead Scientist on Flood and Coastal Risk Management Research, for the Environment Agency, and an author of the report, commented: “This roadmap provides us with a fantastic opportunity to better understand the science behind flooding and will be an invaluable tool in helping us understand future flood risk.

“The Environment Agency is working hard to ensure recommendations from the roadmap are followed up on so we can develop the next generation of flood hydrology knowledge, methods, models and systems that will underpin flood and coastal risk management for decades to come.

“The roadmap is intended to cover England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland from 2021 to 2046. A Flood Hydrology Roadmap Governance Board has been established to ensure the roadmap is taken forward.”

The Environment Agency has already secured £6.9 million over six years to start delivering on the roadmap and is working with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Natural Resource Wales, Department for Infrastructure Northern Ireland and UK Research and Innovation to identify routes to further funding.

The roadmap is available on the UK Government website.