Improving the understanding of the risk from groundwater flooding in the UK

Macdonald, D.M.J.; Bloomfield, J.P. ORCID:; Hughes, A.G.; MacDonald, A.M. ORCID:; Adams, B.; McKenzie, A.A.. 2008 Improving the understanding of the risk from groundwater flooding in the UK. In: FLOODrisk 2008, European Conference on Flood Risk Management, Oxford, UK, 30 Sept - 2 Oct 2008. The Netherlands, CRC Press.

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Groundwater flooding has been shown to be a significant component of the risk from flooding in the UK. Its inclusion within the EU Floods Directive highlights the need to understand more about the processes that control groundwater flooding and to define the associated risk. In this paper the main groundwater flooding scenarios are described and the challenges in estimating return periods and mapping risk set out. In addition, ongoing and recently completed work by the British Geological Survey which aims to improve the understanding of risk from groundwater flooding in the UK is presented.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Paper)
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2008 > Groundwater resources
Additional Keywords: GroundwaterBGS, Groundwater, Groundwater flooding, Climate change, Environmental change, Aquifer characterisation
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
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Date made live: 27 Jul 2009 09:12 +0 (UTC)

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