Natural flood management

Working with Natural Processes (WWNP) can reduce flood risk. This involves taking action to manage fluvial and coastal flood risk by protecting, restoring and emulating the natural regulating function of catchments, rivers, floodplains and coasts. As a company, we have been at the cutting edge of these approaches for 10 years.

Interest in this greener approach to flood risk management, also known as Natural Flood Management (NFM), has grown dramatically in recent years following a spate of significant flooding events and the need to look at a whole range of solutions.

If properly assessed, planned and executed NFM can not only reduce the risk of flooding to people, property, businesses and infrastructure, but can also increase the resilience of both existing and new hard flood defences to projected climate change effects. It also generates multiple other benefits for the environment and people.

Our services

Our skilled and interdisciplinary team has extensive experience in WWNP/NFM. We have a strong foundation in surface water, fluvial and coastal flooding processes.

Our team brings further knowledge and skills in land and soil management, understanding the landscape, clear communication, and appreciation of the wide range of benefits to people and society that WWNP/NFM can bring.

We can work with you and your catchment partners to understand and implement NFM within your catchment to help reduce flood risk, improve water quality and biodiversity, and deliver health and well being benefits.

  • NFM assessment
  • NFM potential mapping
  • NFM modelling and visualisation
  • NFM benefits quantification
  • NFM implementation
  • NFM monitoring
  • NFM training
  • NFM knowledge transfer and engagement

Environment Agency WWNP Evidence Directory

The Environment Agency’s WWNP Evidence Directory has been developed to help flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) authorities understand, justify, develop and implement FCERM schemes with WWNP to reduce flood risk.

We have been heavily involved in the directory across both the research and build development. The directory gives further details of how NFM measures fall into the following four main groupings:

  1. River and floodplain management
  2. Woodland management
  3. Runoff management
  4. Coastal & estuary management

Research, education, and training

Innovation is at the core of what we do. Following our involvement with the Environment Agency’s WWNP Evidence Directory, we continue to develop tools to improve feasibility studies, modelling, and monitoring of WWNP and NFM.

Our software team have developed the hosting of the ‘Mapping the Potential for Working with Natural Processes’ PDF site following our national mapping of NFM potential across England. The JBA Trust are also hosting the 65 new case studies for the Environment Agency’s WWNP Evidence Directory which can be found on their Natural Processes site.

In November, in partnership with Lancaster University, we will be delivering the NERC funded NFM training course for PhD students, academics, and other practitioners. In 2018, we will be offering a range of NFM training courses (one day, two day or three day) which can also be tailored to
client needs.

We can help you

If you would like to discuss how we can work together please contact Steve Maslen.

Email Steve Maslen
+44 (0)1274 714269