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Trends in reported flooding in the UK: 1884-2013

Stevens, A., Clarke, D. and Nicholls, R.J. (2016) Trends in reported flooding in the UK: 1884-2013 Hydrological Sciences Journal, 61, (1), pp. 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.

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Accepted/In Press date: 21 July 2014
e-pub ahead of print date: 7 August 2014
Published date: 19 January 2016
Keywords: flooding, flood risk, detection, flood trends, UK
Organisations: Water & Environmental Engineering Group


Local EPrints ID: 367448
ISSN: 0262-6667
PURE UUID: ac2dc4e4-8312-4494-8b20-b4df2546bcf4
ORCID for D. Clarke: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 06 Aug 2014 10:15
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 01:58

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Author: A. Stevens
Author: D. Clarke ORCID iD
Author: R.J. Nicholls

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