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The references below are arranged alphabetically by publisher. Titles in black text are held in the Project Support Centre. The other titles are available online by clicking on the blue text. Links to relevant websites can be found towards the bottom of the page.

Click on the Water and Flooding headings in the Popular topics box on the right of the page for other references.

The page was updated on 2 September 2014.


Cambridge City Council

Sustainable Drainage Design and Adoption Guide

December 2009



Flood resilience and resistance for critical infrastructure



Department for Communities and Local Government

Planning Policy Statement 25: Development and Flood Risk

March 2010


Department for Communities and Local Government

Planning Policy Statement 25: Development and Flood Risk – Practice Guide

December 2009


Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The National Flood Emergency Framework for England

July 2010


Environment Agency

Bringing your rivers back to life: A strategy for restoring rivers in North London

February 2006


Environment Agency

Climate change and river flows in the 2050s



Friends of the Earth

Running on empty: Water in the South East

June 2006


Institute for Public Policy Research

Every drop counts: Achieving greater water efficiency

September 2006


Institute for Public Policy Research

Managing water resources and flood risk in the South East



Institution of Civil Engineers

Learning to live with rivers

November 2001


London Assembly, Environment Committee

London under threat? Flooding risk in the Thames Gateway

October 2005


National Trust

From source to sea: Working with water

October 2008


NHBC Foundation

A simple guide to sustainable drainage systems for housing

June 2010


Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

River Basin Management Plans

December 2008


Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (RELU)

The changing role of local government in managing water resources

August 2010





Ambiental has grown to become a renowned global leader in flood modelling and flood risk consultancy.


British Hydrological Society

The British Hydrological Society (BHS) caters for all 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.


Catchment Change Network

The Catchment Change Network (CCN) brings together university scientists with a broad interest in catchment management along with a wide range of practitioners to consider the assessment of future change in catchment systems. The Catchment Change Network has the following objectives: to formalise a network of scientists and science users in catchment management; to jointly develop and deliver workshops, training and special publications; to deliver three annual conferences which will actively identify future research requirements; and to integrate our three focus area topics (flood risk, water scarcity and diffuse pollution) and promote integrated catchment management.


Environment Agency

The Agency’s principal aims are to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development.


European Environment Agency

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union. Its task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. It is a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public.


European Water Association

The European Water Association is an independent non-governmental and non-profit making organisation dealing with the management and improvement of the water environment. It was founded on 22 June 1981 as the European Water Pollution Control Association. The scope of the Association was enlarged in 1999 with the change of name to the European Water Association. It is one of the major professional associations in Europe that covers the whole water sector, wastewater as well as drinking water and water and wastewater treatment related wastes.


Flood Risk Portal

This portal is designed to offer you background information and guidance on flood risk management.


Foundation for Water Research

The Foundation for Water Research (FWR) is an independent, membership based charity dedicated to education and information exchange.  It was founded in 1989 and its mission is to advance the education of the public in science, engineering and management of water through specialist forums, reviews of current knowledge, publishing and information support.


Project FOSTER (Flood Organisation Science and Technology Exchange Research)

Project FOSTER is a research project that explores the communication of cutting edge flood science information to decision makers, such as County Councils who have a responsibility to protect their communities. The site also provides links to current flood research in the UK.


Stockholm International Water Institute

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a policy institute that seeks sustainable solutions to the world’s escalating water crisis. SIWI manages projects, synthesises research and publishes findings and recommendations on current and future water, environment, governance and human development issues.



Susdrain is a new resource that provides a range of free resources for those involved in delivering sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). SuDS help to manage flood risk and water quality and provide a range of amenity benefits that create great places to live, work and play. Susdrain provides up-to-date guidance, information, case studies, videos and discussion forums that help to underpin the planning, design, approval, construction and maintenance of SuDS, recognising its role in improved water management.


Sustainable Places: Water

Information on sustainable water from the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment (CABE) website.


Sustainable Drainage Systems

Guidance on sustainable drainage systems from the Environment Agency, CIRIA and BRE.


UK susrainable drainage: Guidance and tools

This site has been developed to support planners and developers to obtain site-specific guidance in terms of: tools for assisting in the outline design of SUDS, in particulars storage requirements for drainage systems; and tools for assisting with detailed design aspects of drainage, and also the evaluation of the hydraulic and water quality performance of drainage systems.


UN Water

UN-Water is composed of representatives of 26 United Nations organizations



URSULA is a project investigating the sustainable development of urban river corridors. The research addresses the hypothesis that there are significant social, economic and environmental gains to be made by integrated and innovative interventions in urban river corridors. URSULA is unique in that it tackles river corridor issues holistically by treating the river and its urban setting as a system. Over 4 years the project will produce innovations, tools and knowledge to help guide the regeneration of urban river corridors worldwide.


Water and Climate Coalition

The Water and Climate Coalition (WCC), launched on 3 June 2010, seeks to achieve its vision through bringing together stakeholders from across the global water community to promote progressive and integrated water and climate change policy on an international level. It does this through targeted advocacy on a global level, working with members to develop policy recommendations, statements and interventions as well as co-ordinating events, seminars and workshops. A major focus of the WCC is to influence the outcomes of the negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) but it is also active in other intergovernmental processes where water and climate issues are relevant.


Water CoRe

This project provides an exchange platform for water scarcity and drought issues on regional and local level for all European regions. Policies and practical experiences related to management of water scarcity and droughts already exist in Europe. Water CoRe will compile this knowledge and make it accessible for all regional and local actors in the EU in order to create their own tailor-made approaches.


Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)

The WEDC, based at Loughborough University, is described as one of the world’s leading education and research institutes for developing knowledge and capacity in water and sanitation for low- and middle-income countries. WEDC’s own resources are available to download free of charge. These include 150 books, over 1700 conference papers and hundreds of other key knowledge outputs in water, sanitation and infrastructure. Registration is required to access this material.


Water Sensitive Cities

The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities brings together the inter-disciplinary research expertise and thought-leadership to undertake research that will revolutionise water management in Australia and overseas.  In collaboration with over 70 research, industry and government partners, it aims to deliver the socio-technical urban water management solutions, education and training programs, and industry engagement required to make towns and cities water sensitive.


Water UK

Water UK represents all UK water and wastewater service suppliers at national and European level. We provide a positive framework for the water industry to engage with government, regulators, stakeholder organisations and the public.


Waterways Forward

This an EU project funded through the European Region Development Fund.  The main objective of the project is to improve the management of regional inland waterways and the regions adjacent to them by promoting an integrated, sustainable and participatory approach. The project aims at developing recommendations for improved and state of the art governance models that are creating a sound basis for more integrated regional policies to boost the socio/economic development of inland waterways and adjacent areas in a balanced way, while respecting nature and environment. The project closes in November 2012.


WISE (Water Information System for Europe)

European Commission website provides a gateway to information on European water issues. It comprises a wide range of data and information collected by EU institutions to serve several stakeholders

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