Voluntary sector or not-for-profit organisation
Friends of the Earth
Data is not published
The EA flood maps are viewable on their website (http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/37837.aspx) but the info can only be seen if you zoom in to a very small localised area; no overview of the country or regions is possible. The EA's DataShare site does not make the underlying data on flood maps available for download: only viewable in an OGC WMS format on GIS software that needs to be itself downloaded. This severely limits its accessibility and utility. Clearly the best option would be to make this data downloadable in a KML format so as to be compatible with Google Fusion Tables and Google Maps, thereby allowing high accessibility and utility.
Make awareness and understanding of flood risk much more widely appreciated. If the data were released in a format compatible with Google Maps / Fusion Tables I would combine it with data on Local Authority and Constituency boundaries, thus better informing LA's, MPs and their constituents of the flood risks in their areas of jurisdiction / where they live. I wish to build a crowdsourced site that would bring together this information with details of local climate adaptation plans and flood risk plans so that communities can become more aware of, and more engaged in, preparations for flooding in their areas.
Every home occupant in the country ought to have a right to know whether their home is at risk of flooding. The EA's existing maps go some way towards enabling this but their very limited accessibility constrains the numbers of people who will ever view and make use of this information. By making the data accessible in the ways suggested above would far better inform Local Authorities, MPs., businesses and constituents of local flood risks, increase participation in shared plans to combat flood risk, and lead to better decision making.
Are you able to provide estimates?:
Request is public.
Escalated due to quality/format issue
Data set description:
The data underpinning the Environment Agency's Flood Maps, showing areas at flood risk from river & sea flooding (and pluvial flooding is apparently forthcoming). Maps are only viewable on the EA's website for small sections of the country at any one time. The underlying data is not available for download by the public, only by other govt depts.
Have you faced challenges in accessing this data?:
The data is published but not in a format I can download and use (e.g. only displayed onscreen or only downloadable as a PDF rather than CVS)