Research and analysis

Recommendations for flood mapping in England and Wales

This report suggets ways to improve maps displaying flood risk to better suit the needs of affected communities and those responsible for managing flood risk.

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Recommendations for flood mapping in England and Wales

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Recommendations for flood mapping in England and Wales

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Details

The aim of this project was to enhance communities’ resilience to flooding by improving flood mapping. Risk maps not only inform people about the risk of flooding, but can also stimulate public participation in flood risk decision-making. This project had four central objectives:

  • Develop participatory processes to incorporate local knowledge and preferences into flood risk maps.
  • Improve flood maps with a multi-criteria risk tool to generate a more complete view of risk, simultaneously considering economic, social and environmental risks.
  • Produce user-friendly and understandable risk maps, employing user-friendly terms and symbols and contrasting colours.
  • Understand better how people read maps using an eye-tracking method and experimental graphic semiology.
Published 16 October 2012