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  • Are seawalls the magic solution to coastal flooding and erosion?

    Are seawalls the magic solution to coastal flooding and erosion?

    By Shari L. Gallop, Macquarie University History of seawalls Seawalls are a form of coastal defence, where a wall is built parallel to the coast to protect land and infrastructure from coastal flooding, and erosion due to wave action. They may also be built to help stabilise a cliff or a bank, and can be made from a variety of materials, such as timber, concrete, rocks,…

  • Water's rising on the east coast - 13th Jan 2017

    Water's rising on the east coast - 13th Jan 2017

    The centre of the storm is approaching Denmark, and strong northernly winds behind the storm are generating the storm surge in the North. The figure below shows a snapshot of the wind and atmospheric pressure from the excellent Earth website.   Real time water levels can be seen on the National Tidal and Sea Level Facility website. Here is a snap shot showing the rising…

  • A list of past east coast surges

    A list of past east coast surges

    Here is a list of significant east coast storm surge and coastal flooding events in the last 60 years. Click on each to find out more details. We will be keeping and eye on the most recent event to see how it compares with these ones. 11 Nov 1954 – Severity Rank 4 4 Apr 1958 – Severity Rank 3 28 Sep 1969 – Severity…

  • East coast storm surge on the way

    East coast storm surge on the way

    A large east coast storm surge is on the way. We are keeping a close eye on it here at SurgeWatch. If you want to follow the event, you can see the real time position of the storm here. Real time sea level heights, for different tide gauge sites, can be seen here. You can see live updates from the BBC on the event…

  • Storm Angus - My visit to Swanage post storm

    Storm Angus - My visit to Swanage post storm

    Yesterday I visited Swanage to find out more about the coastal flooding from Storm Angus. A small part of the sea wall was damaged (see photo below) near Swanage Museum. However, as far as I am aware, there was only very little flooding in this area. Further down the high street several business were flooded. East Bar had the worst flooding. There was lots of sand, rocks…

  • Real time sea level data - NTSLF

    Real time sea level data - NTSLF

    I liked to keep my eye on real-time water level data, particularly during storms. On the National Tidal and Sea Level Facility web-site, which is run by the National Oceanography centre,  you can see real-time water level data for the 43 national tide gauge sites. Below is an image from the NTSLF for the Portsmouth Tide gauge, for the recent storm Angus (19-20 November 2016)…