ICE's coastal engineering advisory panel and its maritime board strongly welcome the Office of Science & Technology's Foresight report on Future Flooding & Coastal Erosion.
ICE particularly welcomes the wide involvement of stakeholder representation in the Foresight project, and its even-handed approach in dealing with flooding and coastal erosion.
This analysis will be important to government policy-making in provision of flood and coast defences; in floodplain and coastal zone management; and in planning of future house building and related developments.
ICE now hopes that Foresight findings will assist the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council to widen research to include coastal flooding and defence processes and also the risks of personal hazard as well as property damage.
The foresight analysis sets great challenges for flood risk management. Only by maintaining the appropriate balance in future research and practice can the UK solve future flooding problems.
NWH Allsop, chairman, coastal engineering advisory panel, Greg Haigh, chairman, maritime board, ICE, 1 Great George Street, London EC1R 4GB.