RPA has been commissioned by the Environment Agency and Defra to lead a study to establish the range of impacts and calculate the financial and economic damages resulting from the flooding in England and Wales during the winter of 2013-2014. Work is already underway and is expected for completion by spring 2015.
This project comes under the Environment Agency’s National Framework Agreement for Applied Environmental Economics on which RPA is a lead supplier, and support will be provided by Royal HaskoningDHV, Morris Resource Economics and John Chatterton Associates.
The UK witnessed heavy and prolonged rainfall between the months of December 2013 to March 2014, resulting in the wettest winter since national records began in 1910. Widespread flooding caused devastation in many regions and major disruption hit key infrastructures.
For an update on the background and approach to this project see the Environment Agency's Newsletter Research News, issue 26, page 14.