modelling groundwater flooding

The costs and impacts of groundwater flooding in the UK are significant and the national financial risk is considerable; insurance companies estimate that groundwater flooding claims amount to between £50 million and £100 million per year.

The Chalk is the most vulnerable aquifer because its storage characteristics lead to rapid and large changes in groundwater levels, which can result in unexpected flooding events. However, there are no currently available methodologies applicable to any of the major UK aquifers that link rainfall to groundwater flood risk.

The aim of this FREE-funded project is to develop and validate improved modelling tools to enable prediction of current and future frequency and severity of groundwater flooding events.

Groundwater flooding in Compton