Climate change tools to support local flood risk management strategies

Tools to help Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) consider the impacts of climate change on sources of local flood risk for each River Basin District across England and Wales.

What is it?

We have produced an elearning course and detailed climate change information for each River Basin District to support Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) to understand the impacts of climate change on flood risk when developing their local flood risk management strategies in England.

Why does it matter?

Some climate change is already inevitable. Even if we reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the future, the greenhouse gases that have already been released into the atmosphere have determined the changes for the next thirty to forty years.

We expect these future changes to affect flood risk.  It is likely that climate change will result in higher winter rainfall, heavier rainfall in extreme storms and rising sea levels in the future.

Adapting to climate change is an essential part of managing flood risk and ensuring our communities are sustainable places to live and work.  Adaptation means changing what we do to reduce the impacts of climate change.  It can help to protect investments, reduce health risks, and reduce insurance costs. 

Why do I need it?

Your local flood risk management strategy must:

  • Assess the local flood risk
  • Set out the LLFAs objectives for managing local flooding
  • List the costs and benefits of measures proposed to meet these objectives, and how the measures will be paid for

All these aspects of your local flood risk strategy could be affected by the impacts of climate change.

We have tailored information from the government’s latest climate change projections, UKCP09, to help lead local flood authorities (LLFAs) consider the impacts of climate change on sources of local flood risk for each River Basin District across England.  We have presented this information as maps within a geospatial pdf, easily accessible for all. We have also developed an elearning resource.

What’s contained in the elearning course?

The elearning course explains approaches and case studies that could be used by LLFAs in England when developing their local flood risk management strategies. The course describes:

  • how to best consider Environment Agency flood maps, geospatial pdf maps (UKCP09 data), and property data sets to better understand your area’s sensitivity to changing flood risk
  • case studies with suggested approaches for local flood risk modelling

Our climate change information elearning module can be accessed here:

Please note that this elearning resource is specific to England. We are planning to produce a separate elearning resource for Wales that will be made available in early 2012.

Climate change information for each River Basin District

These digital geospatial maps are available for each River Basin District. These contain the latest UK climate change projections (UKCP09) that is relevant to local flood risk.

Please note that files in this list are very large and will take time to download. 

Western Wales will be available in January 2011.