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An introduction to flooding

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The Geographical Association (GA) has worked closely with the Environment Agency (EA) and the Department for Education to develop a resource to enable the EA to engage with communities at risk of flooding and to provide additional support for schools in areas where there are EA flood management schemes in development. This presentation has been written by Andy Owen for secondary schools. It:

  • provides an overview of the river and coastal processes that result in flooding to help students understand the reasons for flooding and the nature of flood risk
  • explores the responses to flooding – adaptation, mitigation and resilience
  • examines the impact of climate change on the natural and human causes of flooding.

The EA has a strategic overview of all sources of flooding and coastal erosion. They advise on and bring together the planning and management of these risks. The EA is responsible for the delivery of these activities on main rivers and the coast, regulating reservoir safety, and working in partnership with the Met Office to provide flood forecasts and warnings. The EA manages flooding for rivers and the sea and is a delivery partner on sources of risk that others manage.

The EA is also responsible for forecasting and mapping flood and coastal erosion risks, providing warnings, advising on development in the floodplain, building and keeping defences in good order and taking part in emergency planning and response. It manages central government grants for capital projects carried out by all risk management authorities.


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