Trends in reported flooding in the UK: 1884-2013

Stevens, A., Clarke, D. and Nicholls, R.J. (2014) Trends in reported flooding in the UK: 1884-2013. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 61, (1), 50-63. (doi:10.1080/02626667.2014.950581).


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A long term dataset of reported flooding based on reports from the UK Meteorological Office and the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology is described. This is possibly a unique dataset as the authors are unaware of any other 100+ year records of flood events and their consequences on a national scale. Flood events are classified by severity based upon qualitative descriptions. There is an increase in the number of reported flood events over time associated with an increased exposure to flooding as floodplain areas were developed. The data was de-trended for exposure, using population and dwelling house data. The adjusted record shows no trend in reported flooding over time, but there is significant decade to decade variability.

This study opens a new approach considering flood occurrence over a long timescale using reported information (and thus likely effects on society) rather than just considering trends in extreme hydrological conditions.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/02626667.2014.950581
ISSNs: 0262-6667 (print)
Keywords: flooding, flood risk, detection, flood trends, UK
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and the Environment > Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science > Water and Environmental Engineering
ePrint ID: 367448
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
19 January 2016Published
7 August 2014Made publicly available
21 July 2014Accepted
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2014 10:15
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 16:02

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