Flood resilience and resistance for critical infrastructure

This book gives a brief introduction to the principles of flood risk management with a series of case studies.

Thames barrier, flood defence for London
Thames barrier, flood defence for London

Who wrote this?

  • Will McBain
  • David Wilkes
  • Matthias Retter on behalf of CIRIA


It was first published in March 2010.


Critical infrastructure owners need to develop long-term strategic investment approaches that allow for optimised investment decision making. This book should help to increase understanding, to allow this to happen.

Who should read this?

Anyone who is responsible for planning for flood resilience.


This 125-page book, available to buy from CIRIA, covers the management, regulatory context, principles and issues of flood risk to critical infrastructure (CI) in the UK. It includes a range of case studies that describe the lessons learned by infrastructure owners and operators who have experience of flooding. Flood risk management for CI (critical infrastructure) across the UK is considered with respect to flood risk assessment, adopting resilience and resistance measures and investment prioritisation.


  • Flood resilience measures should be adopted as an integral part of individual organisations' business continuity, asset management and climate change strategies
  • Flood maps should include flood defences, hazard registers and ensure consistent data collation and presentation
  • A risk-based framework of standards should be created that are appropriate for the different categories of CI

For more information and questions, please contact [email protected].

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