Scottish Flood Forecasting Service

This joint initiative between the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Met Office combines hydrological and meteorological information for the first time, so that both organisations can share their expertise to improve the accuracy of flood forecasts for the whole of Scotland.

The service ensures:

  • We provide consistent messages to organisations that deal with floods as they plan their response to flood threats
  • Our forecast activities are more tightly integrated at an operational level
  • We provide a more streamlined set of forecast products

Who is the service for?

Key flooding responders such as the emergency services, local authorities and other Category 1 and 2 responders.

What it offers

The service offers countrywide flood forecasts on a longer lead time targeted for emergency services, local authorities and other organisations with flooding management duties. The service also directly helps those using SEPA’s Floodline service, by providing more specific information which allows SEPA to issue more timely flood warnings, giving people a better chance of reducing the impact of flooding on their home or business.

A Flood Guidance Statement is sent each day to Category 1 and 2 responders. This provides them with an assessment of the risk of flooding for the next five days from rivers, coastal and tidal areas and also surface water.

How to get the Flood Guidance Statement

If you’re a Category 1 or 2 responder you can register to receive the daily Flood Guidance Statement by emailing

The Flood Guidance Statement will also be uploaded each day to the Met Office’s Hazard Manager website in the Scottish Flood Forecasting Service section.

Your guide to using the Flood Guidance Statement pdf link provides information that will help you use the statement effectively.

How the service works

The Scottish Flood Forecasting Service, although virtual, is a partnership role operating between the Met Office’s operations centre in Aberdeen and SEPA’s Flood Forecasting Team based in Perth. Staff in each office work on a daily basis to prepare a statement on the likelihood and risk of flooding.

The joint service allows flexibility during flooding incidents where staff have the ability to co-locate during major flooding events to share facilities and services between SEPA and Met Office teams.

Further SFFS information: