Flood research by numbers

19 October 2018 by Sylvie Kruiniger

NERC flood science saves lives, homes and businesses. Here are a few fast facts on some of our successes.

50
years

How long NERC-funded scientists have been researching UK sea levels, river basins, storm surges, aquifers and surface flows

Around £58m

NERC invests each year in flood research in the UK and internationally


House60,000

Homes flooded in summer 2007 in the UK

House6,000

Homes flooded in winter 2013-14 - even though the floods were more severe than 2007, 50,000 were protected thanks to better forecasting systems

£2bn

The amount saved in insurance payouts for winter 2013-14 compared with summer 2007


5
days
warning

We can now predict certain types of floods further in advance

Up to £127m

Earlier warnings protect farmland and infrastructure, benefitting the UK by millions each year


Woman and child
1.25m people

NERC tide and storm-surge information used by the Thames Barrier protects people on the London floodplain, along with £200bn of property

28 times

The Thames Barrier was closed an unprecedented number of times between 6 December 2013 and 12 February 2014

£94m

Saved each day in lost working thanks to the Thames Barrier

Find out more about these facts, and other NERC science successes, in our Impact Reports.