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Association of British Insurers (ABI)

The ABI is the trade association for the UK insurance industry, representing the vast majority of insurance business in the UK. This site contains advice on flooding, the ABI's Statement of Principles, flooding Questions & Answers and details of ABI's flooding research.

BHSBritish Hydrological Society

Formed in 1983, the society caters for those with an interest in the inter-disciplinary subject of hydrology, and aims to promote interest and scholarship in scientific and applied aspects of hydrology and to foster the involvement of its members in national and international activities. The site contains details of conferences and meetings, a list of publications and a Chronology of British Hydrological Events.

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)


The Institute of Hydrology was established in 1968. On April 1, 2000, it merged with the Institute for Terrestrial Ecology, the Institute of Freshwater Ecology and the Institute of Virology and Environmental Micro-Biology to become CEH, Wallingford. As a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) it has about 150 scientists investigating the effects of land-use, climate, topography and geology on the volume and character of surface water resources.


Confederation of Scottish Local Authorities

COSLA is the representative voice of Scotland's unitary local authorities and aims to promote the role of councils and support them in their efforts to improve the service they deliver to the communities they represent.

List of Scottish Councils

Contact details for all Scottish local authorities, including web addresses.


Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

DEFRA has a site devoted to flood management which, despite being more relevant to England and Wales than Scotland, contains useful information about many aspects of flood protection.

Environment Agency

Environment Agency

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency's (SEPA) equivalent in England.

Flooding & Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network.

The Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network brings together expert practitioners and provide opportunities for collaboration that will:

  • Foster innovative thinking in flood risk management
  • Share the outcomes of research with diverse audiences in meaningful ways
  • Promote the translation of research outcomes into policy and practice
  • Stimulate pioneering research that is driven by real and timely needs, and that makes a genuine difference to those at risk from flooding and coastal erosion.


Floodline, in Scotland, is operated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). It provides live flooding information and advice on how to prepare for or cope with the impacts of flooding 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The telephone service and website can be accessed by everyone but by registering with Floodline you can receive free flood messages for your area of interest direct to your phone.

When you are signed up to Floodline and flooding is forecast in your area, you will receive a message by phone or text, advising that a Flood Warning or Flood Alert has been issued and where to go to find out more about the flooding situation. You can call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or visit www.floodlinescotland.org.uk for advice and live updates.


Flood Estimation Handbook

This 5-volume handbook was published by CEH Wallingford in 1999 and supercedes the Flood Studies Report of 1975. It gives guidance on rainfall and river flood frequency estimation in the UK. Its data is required for the planning and assessment of flood defences and the design of bridges, culverts and reservoir spillways and can be used to form the base for flood risk maps.

Forestry Commision ScotlandForestry Commission Scotland - small logo

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) was created on April 1, 2003 as a result of the Forestry Devolution Review. FCS serve as the forestry directorate of the Scottish Government, advising on and implementing forestry policy and managing the national forest estate. FCS work with the Scottish Government to deliver the Scottish Forestry Strategy. FCS also contribute to many aspects of wider Scottish Government policy such as energy, environment and climate change, biodiversity, healthy living, rural transport, tourism and education.


International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)

IAHS aims to promote the study of hydrology as an aspect of the earth sciences and water resources; to provide for discussion, comparison and publication of research results; and to investigate, facilitate and co-ordinate research into, and investigation of, those hydrological problems which require international co-operation.


Meteorological Office

Met OfficeFormed in 1854, the Met Office is one of the world's leading providers of environmental and weather-related services. The Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research also forms part of the Met Office.


The Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership (MGSDP)                                MGSDP logo

The Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership (MGSDP) is an innovative and collaborative venture between local authorities (Glasgow City Council leading), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Water, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Canals that will upgrade and modernise Glasgow’s drainage and sewerage network to reduce flooding and support urban development requirements, while improving water quality and the environment


The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment, and is the largest wildlife conservation organisation in Europe with over one million members. Wildlife and the environment face many threats. RSPB's work is focussed on the species and habitats that are in the greatest danger. link

Scottish Environment LINK

Established in 1987, Scottish Environment LINK is the forum for Scotland's voluntary environment organisations - 31 member bodies representing a broad spectrum of environmental interests with the common goal of contributing to a more environmentally sustainable society.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)


SEPA is the public body responsible for environmental protection (of the land, water and air) in Scotland. It aims to provide an efficient and integrated environmental protection system for Scotland that will improve the environment and contribute to the government's goal of sustainable development. SEPA's flooding duties include measuring rainfall, implementing flood warning schemes, advising Councils of any information it has regarding flooding potential and assessing flood risk in any area as far as it considers appropriate.


Scottish Flood ForumSFF Logo

The Scottish Flood Forum - A community based project funded by the Scottish Government working in partnership with the National Flood Forum. It raises awareness of flood warnings and self-help measures, while providing an independent voice for flood victims.

Scottish Hydrological Group

The Scottish Hydrological Group is the principal forum for hydrologists living and working in Scotland.  We organise technical meetings and other events for the Scottish hydrology community, and aim to encourage communication among our membership

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)Scottish Natural Heritage

SNH is a statutory body which aims to secure the conservation and enhancement of Scotland's natural heritage, advising on policies and promoting projects which improve and support the sustainable use of this heritage.

Scottish Water



Scottish Water



Scottish Water is the amalgamation of the three previous water boards: East of Scotland Water, North of Scotland Water and West of Scotland Water. It is a public body model answerable to the Scottish Parliament and accountable to the Water Industry Commission, Water Customer Consultation Panels, SEPA and the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland.

SNIFFER - Knowledge Brokers for a Resilient Scotland                                                      SNIFFER logo

Sniffer is a registered charity delivering knowledge-based solutions to resilience and sustainability issues. We create and use breakthrough ideas and collaborative approaches across sectors, to make Scotland a more resilient place to live, work and play.                                                                               

SRPBA - The Scottish Rural Property and Business AssociationSRPBA

The Scottish Rural Property and Business Association (SRPBA) uniquely represent the role and interests of those involved with rural property and businesses connected with the land, embodying a proactive approach to property, business and enterprise in rural Scotland, building upon 100 years of experience.

The Tweed Forum

Tweed Forum was formed in 1991 "to promote the sustainable use of the whole of the Tweed catchment through holistic and integrated management and planning". In close partnership with their members, Tweed Forum works to protect, enhance and restore the rich natural, built and cultural heritage of the River Tweed and its tributaries.

UK Climate Impacts ProgrammeUKCIP

Set up by the UK Government in 1997, UKCIP is funded by DEFRA and based at the University of Oxford. Its remit is to help organisations assess how they might be affected by climate change so that they can prepare for its impacts. UKCIP's latest scenarios report (UKCIP02), which offer four alternative scenarios of how climate change may affect UK climate over the next hundred years, can be accessed here along with other climate change related research and publications.

WWF - Scotland

WWF Scotland is part of the international WWF network, one of the world's most influential environmental organisations. Climate change, threats to natural resources and rising energy use are just some of the issues that are of growing global concern, impacting on people and wildlife right round the world. WWF Scotland works on these issues from a Scottish perspective by influencing policy, providing solutions and gaining public support and involvement.