National Flood Resilience Review Call for Evidence

Closed 4 Mar 2016

Opened 2 Feb 2016



Following Storm Desmond last December, the government launched a National Flood Resilience Review.  The review will be chaired by Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Oliver Letwin.

The Review will assess how the country can be better protected from future flooding and increasingly extreme weather events.  It will focus on four key areas: updating our climate modelling and stress-testing the nation’s resilience to flood risk; assessing the resilience of our important infrastructure like electricity substations; our temporary defences; and our future investment strategy.

This call for evidence specifically focuses on the need to carry out a new assessment of the damage that extreme rainfall could cause across England. This will focus on the impacts on populated areas including urban areas and crucial elements of infrastructure such as significant roads, bridges, energy infrastructure, water treatment plants, telecoms and hospitals. We want to understand the possible implications of extreme events and to review our current modelling assumptions.

Please note this is call for published evidence rather than a call for views. We are interested in evidence that is available now and can be submitted by the deadline for this call.

Full details of the terms of reference for the review can be found at the link below:

Requirements for submission of evidence

We will consider evidence that has either been published in a peer-reviewed journal or evidence that has been published elsewhere following an independent review process. 

You will be asked to provide a summary of the content and an explanation of how the evidence relates to the review questions for each piece of evidence you submit.  Full copies of evidence should be provided in pdf format or weblinks to full copies.  Please note Defra has limited access to online journals so we would need to be able to access evidence via open-access means.



  • Public Bodies


  • Flooding
  • Flood emergency