A new report was released this month which assesses the potential for groundwater flooding during the coming winter. The report “A preliminary risk assessment of the potential for groundwater flooding during the winter of 2007/8” builds on recent research carried out by scientists at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the British Geological Survey using data collated under the National Hydrological Monitoring Programme (NHMP). The study was prompted by the exceptional wet weather experienced across parts of England and Wales during the summer of 2007.
The report concludes that in many areas the prospect of groundwater flooding has significantly diminished due to the relatively dry weather since the late summer. The authors note that it is important to continue careful monitoring of UK hydrological conditions as the situation may change substantially if a high proportion of winter rainfall falls within a short timescale over the next few months.
The Monthly Hydrological Summary series produced by the NHMP will continue to provide an overview of any changes in the situation. The next monthly summary, for October 2007, will be published in mid November.
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The Monthly Hydrological Summaries assess contemporary hydrological conditions and water resource status across the UK. The Summaries are published as part of the National Hydrological Monitoring Programme, operated jointly by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the British Geological Survey. The Programme was set up in 1988 and relies on the active co-operation of the Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Rivers Agency (Northern Ireland) and the Met Office.