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AXA Insurance Company
Vanson Bourne report to insurance industry on SME attitude to fire and flood risk
Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs
UK Govt. Department, one of the principal bodies for flood defence funding in the UK. Important Annual Conference for Flood and Coastal Management.
Environment Agency - Strategy for Flood Risk Management 2003 - 2008
Link to .pdf document setting out the EA's proposed strategy.
Environment Agency Floodplain Maps - 2005
The latest version of the UK Environment Agency floodmaps, recently updated. You can search by place name or OS grid-reference to identify the indicative floodplain at down to 1:20 000 scale.
Environment Agency R&D Programme
Environment Agency's page on DEFRA/ Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Defence R&D Programme
Environment Agency Standing Advice on Development and Flood Risk
The Environment Agency has produced standing advice to enable local planning authorities in England to make decisions on low risk planning applications where flood risk is an issue without directly consulting the Agency for an individual response. It also identifies those higher risk development situations where case by case consultation with the Agency should continue. Access here Guidance Notes on Flood Risk Assessment and a Guidance Matrix setting out the Agency's lilkely response to development and flood risk for various ttypes of development.
European Commission Joint Rsearch Centre - Floods Portal
The European Floods Portal brings together information on river floods and flood risk in Europe, resulting from ongoing research within the “Floods” Action at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, as well as from public available information from EU countries.
FCERM.NET - UK Flood and Coastal Erosion Management Network
Flooding is a global challenge being exacerbated by changes in climate, rapid increases in human population, urban development and economic growth.
With over 6 million UK properties at risk from flooding or coastal erosion, and the likelihood that this number will increase with future changes in climate, an integrated and multi-disciplinary response that brings together expertise from across the flood risk management sector - and beyond is needed.
Flood Hazard Research Centre Multi-Coloured Manual
The new Multi-coloured manual (draft form) replaces the Blue, Red and Yellow Manuals. Tel: 020 8411 5447
Flood Protection Association
UK based Association, created to facilitate best practice within the association and its members, to provide its members with support and advice in the promotion and marketing of the products and to represent the interests of its members in all issues concerning the development and use of flood protection products.
FLOODLINE - UK Environment Agency
How can you prepare for a flood? What should you do during a flood? What's the best way to cope afterwards? To answer these questions, and to find out more about the Agency's flood warning services and flood defence work, click on the links below. The 24 hour emergency number is 0845 988 1188.
FLOODLINE - UK Environment Agency Current Floodwarnings
The Environment Agency is now able to provide flood warnings online 24 hours a day. The information is updated every 15 minutes. From this page you can view warnings in force in each of the eight regions covering England and Wales. You can also search for your local area and its current warning status.
FLOODLINE - UK Environment Agency pages on the Floodline Service
What is Floodline? Floodline is a 24-hour telephone information service operated by the Environment Agency in England and Wales and by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in Scotland (All calls are charged at local rate). Phone 0845 988 1188.
FLOODLINE -UK Environment Agency pages on preparing for floods
The Environment Agency provides comprehensive information about how both to protect your property from flooding and what to do if you are affected.
A UK based cross-disciplinary network of excellence that aims to address the problems of flooding, dam safety, and coastal erosion using risk and uncertainty analysis methods. Mainly for professionals.
General geo-information site with reference to Prague flooding, worst in recent history
IPA FLOODS Programme Background and Intro
The Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Floods in the Western Balkans and Turkey ("The Programme" or "IPA FLOODS") - funded by the European Commission, DG ECHO through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) - is intended to increase Beneficiaries’ capacity to ensure proper flood risk management at national, regional and EU levels. IPA FLOODS Beneficiaries are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia (only for IPA FLOODS Lot 1), Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.
Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
UK based Government Dept. Briefing Note on Managing Flooding
Technical Advisory Committee on Flood Defence
Netherlands based site with authoratitive reports and guidance on national flood defences and techniques applicable to other countries.
UK DEFRA - Flood risk assessments: climate change allowances
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out how the planning system should help minimise vulnerability and provide resilience to the impacts of climate change. NPPF and supporting planning practice guidance on Flood Risk and Coastal Change explain when and how flood risk assessments should be used. This includes demonstrating how flood risk will be managed now and over the development’s lifetime, taking climate change into account. Local planning authorities refer to this when preparing local plans and considering planning applications.
UK Flood Protection Information Website
This website provides free information and services about help with flooding and flood protection. This website has been created as a free source of information and links for anyone who may be a victim of flooding, or is seeking assistance finding flood protection products & advice in the UK.
UK High Flows Portal
The Flood Estimation Handbook (FEH) is the basis for most current flood estimation in the United Kingdom. This website provides updated flood peak data for use with the methods in the FEH. Specifically, this HiFlows-UK website provides: updated flood peak data at around 1000 river flow gauging stations in the UK: additional information about the gauging stations to allow hydrologists to make informed judgements. These webpages assume some knowledge of flood hydrology and the Flood Estimation Handbook.
AFMP - Associated Programme on Flood Management
The Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM) is a joint initiative of the World Meteorological Organization and the Global Water Partnership. The APFM facilitates the dialogue to governmental agencies and provides a platform for guidance on flood management policy, strategy and institutional development. The programme’s objective is to promote the concept of Integrated Flood Management (IFM) as a new approach in dealing and living with floods.
AFMP - Flood Management Programme
The mission of the APFM is to support countries in the integrated management of floods within the overall framework of integrated water resources management. There is an online helpdesk.
Associaated Programme on Flood Management
The Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM) is a joint initiative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP). It promotes the concept of Integrated Flood Management (IFM) as a new approach to flood management. The programme has been financially supported by the governments of Japan and the Netherlands.
International Rivers Network
Supports local communities working to protect their rivers and watersheds
Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database
Includes an international river basin register. To aid in the assessment of the process of water conflict prevention and resolution
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RIMES - Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia
The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) is an international and intergovernmental institution, owned and managed by its Member States, for the generation and application of early warning information. RIMES evolved from the efforts of countries in Africa and Asia, in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, to establish a regional early warning system within a multi-hazard framework for the generation and communication of early warning information, and capacity building for preparedness and response to trans-boundary hazards.
FLOOD-PROOFS (Flood-PRObabilistic Operational Forecasting System)
Flood-PROOFS (Flood-PRObabilistic Operational Forecasting System) is a system designed to assist decision makers during the operational phases of flood forecasting, nowcasting, mitigation and monitoring in small and medium catchments (areas of the order of some 10^3 km^2), typical of Mediterranean and Alpine environment.
US based RiverCAD is a sophisticated river modelling software with a built-in CAD engine and complete support for HEC-2 and HEC-RAS. Discussion forums for civil and environmental engineering professionals.
Danish Hydraulics Institute
World renowned institute and consultancy, suppliers of MIKE-11 river modelling software
Direct download for HEC-RAS 3.1
River modelling software, free, but not supported
US based, supply excellent user-friendly and well supported software, including several forums for water engineers
Hydrologic Engineering Center
Home page of the US Army Corps of Engineers - excellent site for river hydraulic modellers
JBA Consulting Ltd.
Consultancy providing licensed copies of most popular river modelling software with annual support agreements
Wallingford Software Ltd.
Part of UK's HR Wallingford group, supplying quality river and drainage engineering software, including ISIS and INFOWORKS
ACTIF - Acheiving Technological innovation in Flood Forecasting
ACTIF will contribute to the promotion of sustainable development through the reduction of economic losses from flooding and the improvement of public safety by non-structural methods. EC Research Project:Project Reference No.EVK1-CT-2002-80014. The specific focus of ACTIF will be to actively consolidate and disseminate Fifth Framework research advances in Flood Forecasting.
ALFA Adaptive Land use for Flood Alleviation
ALFA stands for â€˜Adaptive Land use for Flood Alleviationâ€™. It is an EU-funded project (INTERREG IVB NWE) which aims to protect citizens in the North West Europe region against the effects of the risk of flooding due to climate change. This will be done by creating new capacity for water storage or discharge of peak floods within river catchments in Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom and The Netherlands.
EU Natural Water Retention Measures (NWRM)
Natural Water Retention Measures are multi-functional measures that aim to protect water resources and address water-related challenges by restoring or maintaining ecosystems as well as natural features and characteristics of water bodies using natural means and processes.The EU Directorate General Environment promotes the use of nature-based green infrastructure solutions (official website) and this is progressively included in a range of policies of which for water. A range of activities and related relevant information portals are also available on climate change (Climate Adapt), on biodiversity (BISE), on forest (FISE).
Flood Research Outputs
Current site of the Joint DEFRA/Environment Agency Flood Risk Management R&D Programme (An Interim Electronic Library for Outputs)
Flood Risk Management Research Consortium
Addressing flood risk management in a holistic way is essential in order to ensure a complete and seamless integration of management options. By involving a broad spectrum of skills through the Consortium members, it is planned that present boundaries and gaps in knowledge and understanding will be identified and addressed. Indeed, this novel approach can take advantage of the opportunity to explore existing deficiencies in the current approach to flood risk management and some of these areas were identified at an industry-wide workshop in February 2003.
FloodRiskNet - Flood Risk, Reliability and Uncertainty Network
FloodRiskNet is a cross-disciplinary network of excellence that aims to address the problems of flooding, dam safety, and coastal erosion using risk and uncertainty analysis methods. It is concerned with statistical analysis of rainfall, fluvial flows and marine storms, reliability of flood defence and dam systems, and uncertainty in the analysis of inundation and impacts of flooding and erosion.
Integrated Flood Risk Analysis
Flooding is the most widely distributed of all natural hazards across Europe. Previous research has improved understanding of individual factors but many complex interactions need to be addressed for flood mitigation in practice. Thus the first round of the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Commission (2002-2006) includes an “Integrated Project” on flood risk management, called FLOODsite. To achieve the goal of integrated flood risk management, FLOODsite brings together managers, researchers and practitioners from a range of government, commercial and research organisations, all devoted to various, but complementary, aspects of flood risk management.
Integrated Flood Risk Analysis and Management Methodologies - 6th Framework Programme
Previous research has improved understanding of individual factors but many complex interactions need to be addressed for flood mitigation in practice. Thus the first round of the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Commission (2002-2006) includes an “Integrated Project” on flood risk management, called FLOODsite. To achieve the goal of integrated flood risk management, FLOODsite brings together managers, researchers and practitioners from a range of government, commercial and research organisations, all devoted to various, but complementary, aspects of flood risk management.
Managed flooding and Flood Management
Is extreme flooding the direct result of climate change? Or does the way we manage our rivers and other water resources also contribute to the problem? Scientists at the UK's University of Nottingham are among the international experts contributing to major research on flooding and river management aimed at providing future solutions for all communities at risk from one of the most destructive forces in nature. TV broadcast!
Middlesex University Flood Hazard Research Centre
UK based centre of excellence for research and data related to flood damage costs and assessment techniques
PAMS - Perfornabce Based Asset management System
To support management of the UK Environment Agency’s flood defences, PAMS will take a measured step forward in developing a performance-based approach for identifying and prioritising works needed to manage existing flood defences. This approach will support the provision of improved inspection, operation, maintenance, and management of flood defence systems through the identification of appropriate management interventions to reduce flood risk.
Probabilistic Design of Flood Defences
Report 141, Center for Civil Engineering Research and Codes, Technical Advisory Committee on Water Defences, Gouda, The Netherlands. 154p, 1990. Useful best practice guidance on defence methods. See also http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/context/1516229/0 and http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/vangelder96new.html
Technical Advisory Committee on Flood Defence
Dutch based institute with many useful best practice guides and manuals on flood defence and coastal engineering
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
UK based research centre assessing coastal flood risks
Water Resource Systems Research Laboratory
Flood risk management - a new post-graduate programme. Full time and distance learning, hosted by University of Newcastle
AquaDams® are the ideal tool for emergency flood control
Water-inflated cofferdam flood control barriers have proven to be very effective tools for flood fighting and protection. Affordable, effective, safe and easy to install, they save time, labor and money when compared to sandbags and other flood control devices
Bauer Inner city
Demountable Flood Defence Systems, widely used in Germany and the UK.
FLODEF Flood Protection Solutions
FLODEF building skirt protection systems for whole building protection
Flood Control Ltd.
UK based firm supplying barriers, floodgates for domestic and commercial flood protection
Flood Support Microsite
This website aims to demonstrate why flood resilient measures are a good idea for anyone concerned about future flooding and to provide useful information about the various techniques available.
Floodgate offers a range of flood protection door barriers as well as an extension system for multiple door bariers and Vent Guards to protect air bricks.
Suppliers of RAPIDAM and Floodguards installation systems for total solutions to flooding
GeoDesign Barriers Ltd
BS standard flood protection system, self-anchoring easy storage and implemented system
HiBar Flood Defence Systems
HiBar Ltd has developed a novel patented concept for a flood defence system that will protect individual houses by installing a self raising barrier surrounding the property perimeter.
Hydro International - Storm Water Treatment Systems
Hydro International offers innovative products for the cost effective control of stormwater and treatment of wastewater. The Group has developed a range of technologies to control urban run off, treat stormwater, combined sewage overflows and municipal wastewater with the aim of providing cost-effective solutions for controlling quantity and improving quality of water. Products include Stormcell, Stormbloc and Hydro-Brake.
Intamac Systems Ltd.
UK based IT firm providing infrastructures and services to support Internet linked systems and appliances. Flood detection sensors, internet based alarms etc.
ITT Water and Wastewater UK
Early Flood Warning. A new quick and easy deployable field device (DFD), which remotely monitors, logs and feeds back key information on water levels and other key factors in areas with potential for flooding, is the latest innovation from ITT Water & Wastewater UK Ltd. This solution has been developed in response to requests from the Environment Agency, to whom ITT WWW is a framework supplier, for a highly robust device which can be positioned remotely for periods from several months to years to gather information on environmental conditions including water levels. This data can then either be automatically supplied to a top-end system remotely using industry standard protocols such as DNPv3, MODBUS and WITS.
Specialist pump rental, 42 depot support UK wide
NOAQ Flood Protection Systems
The NOAQ Tube Wall consists of airfilled tubes of reinforced plastic, interconnected by ordinary zips to form a chain. Each tube has a ”skirt” attached alongside the tube, on the ”flood side”. When water start rising the skirt is pressed firmly towards the ground, hereby anchoring the tube. Called ”The Bookend Principle”, as it works in the same way as an ordinary bookend. The bookend is supporting the water loading, but is in turn kept in place because of the heavy load standing on it.
Relko Fire and Flood Restoration
Concrete moisture evaluation, injection drying, reinstatement, insurance reporting
Riverside Water Technologies
Suppliers of the Aquadam product, inflatable dams and booms
Tube Wall Flood Protection
Sanderson Environmental, the specialist environmental and waterways Management Company launches The Tube Wall Flood Protection System, providing property owners with a fast and flexible flood protection system to protect residential and commercial properties from flooding.
Watertight International Ltd
Watertight International provide the only fully comprehensive flood protection system that covers all aspects of domestic property flooding and can enable insurance cover in areas where this has previously been unobtainable. Watertight comprises proven and patented flood barrier systems, unique push-in non-return valves, wall and brick sealants, full and wide-ranging property surveys and the most comprehensive training and customer back-up and support services - not to mention the ability to enable insurance cover.
GIS orientated site supplying high-quality earth imagery and geo-spatial information products. Link to floodplain applications
Journal of Flood Risk Management
Journal of Flood Risk Management provides an international platform for knowledge sharing in all areas related to flood risk. Its explicit aim is to disseminate ideas across the range of disciplines where flood related research is carried out and it provides content ranging from leading edge academic papers to applied content with the practitioner in mind.
Journal Of Flood Risk Management
The Journal of Flood Risk Management provides an international platform for knowledge sharing in all areas related to flood risk. Its explicit aim is to disseminate ideas across the range of disciplines where flood related research is carried out and it provides content ranging from leading edge academic papers to applied content with the practitioner in mind.
Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management
Journal and magazine and many publications on water issues
Construction Industry Research and Information Association
UK based research association concerned with performance improvement in construction and the environment. Industry standards in urban flood control, sustainable urban drainage systems etc.
Excellent for research journals abstract databases and reference works from Elsevier
Main Elsevier page, world-leading publisher of scientific and technical information
Good for international journals on energy, environment and sustainable development
Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) Virtual Library
Largest repository of full text civil engineering papers in the world
International Water Association
Numerous water titles and journals, especially for water quality issues; order online
Civil engineering standard texts and reference manuals - construction prices.
Thomas Telford Online
Main site for Institution of Civil Engineers, good for engineering and construction
UK Environment Agency R&D Dissemination Centre
R&D document source, hosted by WRC, mainly for professionals
Water Research Centre, UK
UK and world leader in urban drainage, sewage treatment technologies and standards
Water Research Centre's hosted site for Environment Agency dissemination centre
Wide range of technical books and journals. Order on-line.
Active Approach to Flood Defences
8 October 2003 - Aston University. One day conference, National Flood and Coastal Defence database, PPG25, Flood Risk Planning, Flood Forecasting
Conferences in Water Engineering and Management
A range of annual conferences, hosted and organised by the UK Institution of Civil Engineers
European Flooding: Managing the Risk
CIWEM hosted conference - Tuesday 17th-Wednesday18th June, Thames Barrier, London. Conference and workshops aimed at senior technical mangers.
Flood and Coastal Management Conference
29th June - 1st July 2004 - Universitry of York, Uk. 39th DEFRA conference, the UK's annual forum for policy intiatives, research and latest developments in flood and coastal defence
ICE Conference - Flooding - An International Problem
Monday 10th November 2003 - Heriot Watt University, Scotland Tel: 0141 221 5276. Hosted by ICE Scotland & Czech Insititutions
Towards A New Government Strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management
20 October 2004 - SOAS, University of London. CIWEM and DEFRA sponsored conference to discuss the consultation document on new strategy, closing 1 November 2004.
Water Experts Network
Water Experts Network is a virtual network of freelance water experts from all over the world.
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Land4Flood Project - Natural Flood Retention on Private Land
Climate change increases the frequency and intensity of future flood events, leading to higher costs of flood damages and increasing the public demand for protective measures. Traditional flood protection measures, mainly based on grey infrastructure (i.e. dikes, dams, etc), are not sufficient to cope with dynamic flood risk alone. Nature-based solutions such as Natural Water Retention Measures (NWRM) are promising options to mitigate flood risks as a complement to grey infrastructure. These types of measures not only serve to reduce risk, they also provide additional ecosystem services including increased biodiversity and recreation opportunities. However, a common characteristic of green infrastructure measures is that they often claim more land than traditional methods. To allow participants and stakeholders to focus on particular topics of interest, LAND4FLOOD is organised in three Working Groups (WG): WG1 â€“ Environmental conditions: The effects of land on catchment hydrology. WG2 â€“ Socio-political contexts: Property rights, opportunities and limitations for negotiating land for flood risk management WG3 â€“ Stakeholders and interests: Negotiating and mobilising processes to secure land for flood risk management
The FLOODSite Project - Integrated Flood Risk Analysis
The FLOODsite Project comprises an extensive programme of research and development work addressing flood risk analysis and management. With a research team exceeding 200 drawn from 37 different organisations in 13 different countries of the EU and addressing some 35 distinct tasks of work, there is a need to be methodical in ensuring effective, team wide communication and dissemination. Effective communication and dissemination is essential if the true potential of the research work is to be realised. To this end, the project has developed its own Communication and Dissemination Plan.
UK River Levels and Flood Warnings
RiverLevels.uk is an independent website. It is not associated with the Environment Agency or any other supplier of river level information.
UK WeCams for rivers and flooding
River webcams - Live cameras on UK rivers - Useful in daylight hours for local authority councils, emergency services and public to check the state of rivers during adverse weather. Some webcams show the river level against land, some show the river gauge with the last 24 hours level shown also to show trends. This is complemented by checking the weather radar and monitoring live rain gauges all found elsewhere on this site. The river cameras are useful to other groups including fishing and kayaking for checking flow of rivers.
Floodlist - World Flooding Monitoring
FloodList is run by a small team of dedicated people bringing you news and information on the latest flood events from around the world.
FloodList receives funding from Copernicus, the European Union (EU) programme for monitoring the Earth’s environment using satellite and in-situ observations.
Copernicus is the concrete realisation of the European idea of providing citizens with new public services on both a European and global scale. By investing in Earth monitoring and observation systems and networks, which monitor and forecast the state of the environment on land, sea and in the atmosphere, we are now better able to understand our planet, protect and sustain our environment and feel more safe and secure.