Groundwater Flooding Susceptibility

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The groundwater flooding susceptibility data shows the degree to which areas of England, Scotland and Wales are susceptible to groundwater flooding on the basis of geological and hydrogeological conditions. It does not show the likelihood of groundwater flooding occurring, i.e. it is a hazard not risk-based dataset. The data covers Great Britain in a consistent manner. It will be updated periodically (at least bi-annually) as the underlying datasets or the methodology to derive the groundwater flooding susceptibility data are improved. The data is based on data sets with a range of resolutions, but the derived data set has an effective spatial resolution of about 50m by 50m. The susceptibility data is suitable for use for regional or national planning purposes where the groundwater flooding information will be used along with a range of other relevant information to inform land-use planning decisions. It might also be used in conjunction with a large number of other factors, e.g. records of previous incidence of groundwater flooding, rainfall, property type, and land drainage information, to establish relative, but not absolute, risk of groundwater flooding at a resolution of greater than a few hundred metres. In all cases it is strongly recommend the confidence data is used in conjunction with the groundwater flooding susceptibility data. The susceptibility data should not be used on its own to make planning decisions at any scale, and, in particular, should not be used to inform planning decisions at the site scale. The susceptibility data cannot be used on its own to indicate risk of groundwater flooding.

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Dataset Extent

Latitude: 60.8600° to 49.7700°
Longitude: -8.6500° to 1.7800°

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Additional Information

Added to 03/06/2011
Theme Environment
Temporal coverage 2006
Harvest URL
Harvest date 22/12/2017 10:06
Metadata date 5/12/2017
Harvest GUID 9df8df52-d63d-37a8-e044-0003ba9b0d98
Extent Latitude: 60.8600° to 49.7700°
Longitude: -8.6500° to 1.7800°
Spatial reference system urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::27700
Dataset reference date 2006 (creation)
Frequency of update asNeeded
Responsible party British Geological Survey (custodian, principalInvestigator, distributor)
Access constraints otherRestrictions
ISO19139 resource type dataset
Metadata language English
Themes (secondary) No value
Schema/Vocabulary No value
Code list No value
Service Level No value
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