Flood resilience in a changing environment: what do recent reviews tell us?

Flood risk and resilience have been under review in recent years, following severe flooding in 2013/14 and 2015/16, previous flood events and concerns over changes in physical and economic climates.

This talk examines some important governmental and technical reviews, discussing scientific themes that run through them:

  • The National Flood Resilience Review (September 2016)
  • House of Commons Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee report Future flood prevention (November 2016)
  • Defra’s Property Flood Resilience Action Plan (September 2016)
  • JBA Trust and Zurich report Flooding after Storm Desmond
  • Defra River Eden modelling competition


The talk was part of The Geological Society’s new series of flagship conferences, the Bryan Lovell Meetings. This meeting brought together the Society’s chosen scientific themes for 2016 (Year of Water) and 2017 (Year of Risk).

Further presentations can be found at the conference web page (Bryan Lovell Meeting 2016: Water, hazards and risk: Managing uncertainty in a changing world).