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The Environment Agency is a partner in a number of SUDS related research projects.

Environment Agency: Flood

A comprehensive list of the potential risks of flooding including early warning systems and future flooding reports.

SUDS: Promoting good practice

A CIRIA project to disseminate and promote good practice in the implementation of sustainable drainage in the built environment.

The aim of Wand is to support the delivery of integrated, sustainable water management for new developments by provision of tools and guidelines.  

Flooding web site

The web site uses technical information from CIRIA and Building Research Establishment (BRE) and forms part of a larger research programme on reducing the impact of flooding.


A one-stop shop for information on FRM research, particularly targeted at Scottish stakeholders but is of relevance to others working in FRM research across the UK and Europe.


SUDSnet provides a UK-wide network for researchers, practitioners, agencies, developers and all those who are interested in Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems.


Environment Agency advice on flooding

The Environment Agency has created three leaflets on what to do before, during and after a flood. These leaflets offer practical advice and information that may help you in a flooding situation.

Preparing for a flood

To help you prepare for flooding to help reduce the effect of flooding on you and your property.
To obtain a printed copy from the Environment Agency click here

During a flood

What you can do to stay safe during a flood with advice on you can do to protect your property.
To obtain a printed copy from the Environment Agency click here

After a flood

To help you if you have been affected by flooding.
To obtain a printed copy from the Environment Agency click here



The Joint Programme comprises four themes in total, led by either Defra or the Environment Agency depending on their respective business interests:

Research & Development (R&D) programme with the aim of improving water quality in the stream and at the bathing beach at Bournemouth Pier.

Defra - Urban flood risk and integrated drainage

15 projects will test new approaches to reduce the impact of urban drainage flooding, so that towns and cities across the country are better prepared for the impacts of climate change.

CIRIA –SUDS promoting good practice

These case studies look at different approaches to SUDS systems within the UK.

Sustainable Management of Urban Rivers and Floodplains

SMURF was a three year partnership project ending in 2005 which tackled the pollution and over modification of the River Tame by integrating urban river basin management planning and sustainable management of land-use, water quality, ecology and flooding.

FLOWS, Cambridgeshire County Council

FLOWS is a European INTERREG project designed to look at communities living with flood risk in a changing climate and deliver practical projects to identify how communities need to adapt to learn to live with water.

Research projects


AUDACIOUS aims to investigate key aspects of the effects of climate change on existing drainage in urban areas and provide tools for drainage managers and operators to adapt to uncertain future CC scenarios.

This guidance provides best practice guidance on the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) to facilitate their effective implementation within developments.

The Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change in the Urban Environment project concentrates on the vulnerability of towns and cities to climate change, and the development of adaptation strategies.

Built EnvironmenT: Weather scenarios for investigation of Impacts and eXTremes functions as a service to the other EPSRC-funded projects in the initiative and develops best practice in the application of high-resolution climate change scenarios generated by computer-based weather generator for key locations.

The overall aim of the project was to produce a challenging and long-term (30 - 100 years) vision for the future of flood and coastal defence in the whole of the UK.

Prediction of Regional scenarios and Uncertainties for Defining EuropeaN Climate change risks and Effects examines the uncertainties in potential impacts induced by the range of climate scenarios for 2071-2100 for Europe from the climate modelling results.

The Flood Risk Management Research Consortium is set up to undertake an integrated programme of research to support effective flood risk management via delivery of effective tools and training the next generation of flood risk management professionals.

COST Action 22 - Urban flood management

The main objective of the Action is to increase our knowledge required for preventing and mitigating potential flood impacts to urban areas by exchanging experiences, developing integrated approaches, and by promoting the diffusion of best practices in Urban Flood Management.

Other Initiatives

The National Flood Forum

The National Flood Forum aims to give communities and individuals who have been flooded or are at risk the support, knowledge and help they need to organise themselves, to manage the effects of flooding, to promote self-help and to campaign for flood alleviation.

12 January, 2010


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