The flood hydrology roadmap sets out a vision for flood hydrology in the UK for the next 25 years. It is accompanied by an action plan that details how that vision will be achieved.
The roadmap will cover England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from 2021 to 2046. It considers all sources of inland flooding, including fluvial, pluvial and sewers, groundwater and reservoirs. It also considers all inland flood hydrology activities in the UK, from operational practice to scientific research.
Development of the roadmap has been driven by:
the scale of investment that flood hydrology data, methods, models and expertise underpin (around £6 billion over the next 6 years)
the need to support the implementation of flood risk management strategies across the UK
the need to improve partnership working and collaboration across the UK flood hydrology community
the need to improve the translation of science into practice
the need to deal with known limitations and issues in existing operational flood hydrology methods
the need for flood hydrology to account for and predict the impacts of future environmental change (climate change and land use change)
the opportunity for flood hydrology to contribute to net zero carbon targets
The Environment Agency has led the roadmap project, but the roadmap itself has been developed by and for the UK flood hydrology community. It is built around a vision for the next 25 years which states that:
during the next 25 years society will have improved hydrological information and understanding to manage flood hazard in a changing world
flood hydrology and whole system process understanding will be underpinned by excellent evidence with quantified uncertainty
leadership and collaboration are crucial to achieving this vision
This vision will be realised through 31 actions grouped into 4 work areas:
ways of working
The successful long-term delivery of the UK flood hydrology roadmap vision will require strong leadership and improved partnership working and collaboration across the flood hydrology community. The estimated funding required to implement the roadmap is between £110 million and £165 million over the next 25 years.
Project manager: Dr Sean Longfield, Flood & Coastal Risk Management Research
This project was commissioned by the Environment Agency’s FCRM Directorate, as part of the joint Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Research and Development Programme.