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  • The onset of the UK's stormy season

    The onset of the UK's stormy season

    by Sebastian Pitman SurgeWatch now has a record of 292 coastal flooding events that have affected the UK, and that number is increasing thanks in part to your contributions! The end of August marks the onset of the coastal flooding season – of 292 recorded events, 91 % occur between the months of September and March. One such event in…

  • Climate change delays North Sea flooding

    Climate change delays North Sea flooding

    by Sebastian Pitman The impact of climate change on coastal flood events is of key concern to coastal managers at present. A new study has been published that investigates the link between climate change and the timing of flood events during the year. The important message from the study is that the effects of a changing climate do not have…

  • Climate change and coastal flooding: the current state of the art

    Climate change and coastal flooding: the current state of the art

    by Sebastian Pitman There are many hundreds of publications in the scientific literature each year detailing the proposed impacts of climate change on the coastal zone, however, last week, the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) published a new synopsis on UK coastal flooding impacts. The coastal flooding report, authored by SurgeWatch founders Ivan Haigh and Robert Nicholls is available here. Concern…

  • £10m investment in tidal defences to

    £10m investment in tidal defences to "reduce Lowestoft flood risk ten-fold"

    by Sebastian Pitman The floods of December 2013 devastated homeowners, local business and transport links alike in Lowestoft. Official figures estimate that in excess of 150 homes and 230 commercial properties were flooded, with key transport links such as the A12 and Lowestoft Train Station closed as a result of the floodwater. These devastating flood were followed by similar events in 2015…

  • 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,…

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  • 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…