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), 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.

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
Organisations: Water & Environmental Engineering Group
ePrint ID: 367448
Date :
Date Event
21 July 2014Accepted/In Press
7 August 2014e-pub ahead of print
19 January 2016Published
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2014 10:15
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 13:22
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