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  • Sea Level: A Liverpool View

    Sea Level: A Liverpool View

    A short video series recently made available by the University of Liverpool provides an interesting view of sea level science and the human implications of sea level change. Included are illustrations of human perspectives of sea level change, the history of sea-level measurements and current research on understanding past and present sea-level variability and projections for the future. The first of these videos, presented below,…

  • The first January hurricane in the North Atlantic since 1955

    The first January hurricane in the North Atlantic since 1955

    An unusual hurricane is currently over the North Atlantic – the first to exist in January since 1955 and first to actually form in the month since 1938. The tropical cyclone season in the North Atlantic is typically from June to November. Alex currently lies about 1000 km west of the Canary Islands and is expected to move northwards bringing stormy conditions to the…

  • Wettest December in over 100 years and the role of a changing climate

    Wettest December in over 100 years and the role of a changing climate

    December 2015 has been one of the wettest and warmest on record (based on observations since 1853), and has also been marked as the wettest calendar month since 1910. Unsurprisingly, this has raised thoughts over what factors may have influenced this record-setting weather, assuming it has been anything out of the norm to begin with. According to Professor Dame Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist at the Met…

  • Scotland hit by heavy rain and flooding with record water levels

    Scotland hit by heavy rain and flooding with record water levels

    Flood water inundated the streets of Aboyne earlier this week after more heavy rain in Scotland. Source: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images Heavy rains last night have caused extensive flooding in parts of Scotland, with Aberdeen worst affected. People have been evacuated from their homes as emergency services respond to the continued deluge of rainfall in Aberdeenshire experienced since Storm Frank hit…

  • Is your property at risk of flooding?

    Is your property at risk of flooding?

    Currently, around 1 in 6 properties in England have a higher than normal risk of flooding. If you are interested in finding out if your property is among these, visit the website Check My Flood Risk here. The risk map is based on the presence and effect of all flood defences (from the sea and rivers), predicted flood water levels, and ground water levels.

  • Storm surge maps help save lives

    Storm surge maps help save lives

    Hurricane Sandy was the second-costliest hurricane is US history, and led to one of the largest-scale evacuations experienced in the country. There was 233 fatalities in total due to direct and indirect causes, and experts say that the use of storm surge maps helped prevent the death toll from being much higher. “During Sandy, we rescued 250 people from their flooded homes, evacuated two major hospitals…

  • Storm Barney sweeps through UK, thousands left without power

    Storm Barney sweeps through UK, thousands left without power

    The second named storm to hit the UK brought gusts of up to 85 mph, and has left without power thousands of homes in Wales, the Midlands, and in southern and eastern England without power. The heavy rains have meant that many flood warnings remain place across England, although there has not been any serious threat of coastal flooding despite…

  • 8 years of floods in pictures

    8 years of floods in pictures

    Gideon Mendel, a South African photographer, began a journey in 2007 making portraits of flood-affected people from around the world. The idea came about in 2007, when the UK experienced a series of heavy summer downpours which put much of Britain under water. Also that summer, 30 million people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal had to escape floods that were much deeper than usual. Since then,…