Flood Risk Management in the United Kingdom: Putting Climate Change Adaptation Into Practice in the Thames Estuary (Chapter 6)

Lumbroso, D. and Ramsbottom, D. (2018) Flood Risk Management in the United Kingdom: Putting Climate Change Adaptation Into Practice in the Thames Estuary (Chapter 6). In: Resilience: the science of adaptation to climate change. Elsevier, pp. 79-87. ISBN 978-0-12-811891-7

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Abstract

London and the Thames Estuary’s floodplain in the southeast of England are susceptible to flooding from storm surges. They are protected from floods with a return period of up to 1000 years by the Thames Barrier and a series of flood defences. Owing to climate change the Thames Barrier and its associated defences will need to be upgraded to maintain the same level of protection. The cost and irreversibility of the potential investments means that the investments in future flood defence infrastructure are sensitive to climate change and that the potential for maladaptation is significant. In 2002, the Environment Agency, the organization responsible for flood risk management in England, established the Thames Estuary 2100 (TE2100) project with the objective of developing a strategic flood risk management plan for London and the Thames estuary through to the end of the century. The approach to flood risk management presented in the TE2100 plan included a method of developing options together with a regular updating process in which options and decisions are reviewed taking account of changing circumstances. TE2100 was the first major flood risk project in the United Kingdom to have put climate change adaptation at its core. There is scope for the adaptation pathways methodology utilized in the TE2100 to be used by planners in other situations where a lack of information creates uncertainties.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Floods > Flood risk assessment and mapping
Divisions: Floods
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Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2020 09:53
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2020 09:53
URI: http://eprints.hrwallingford.com/id/eprint/1305

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