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An improved database of coastal flooding in the United Kingdom from 1915 to 2016

An improved database of coastal flooding in the United Kingdom from 1915 to 2016
An improved database of coastal flooding in the United Kingdom from 1915 to 2016
Coastal flooding caused by extreme sea levels can produce devastating and wide-ranging consequences. The ‘SurgeWatch’ v1.0 database systematically documents and assesses the consequences of historical coastal flood events around the UK. The original database was inevitably biased due to the inconsistent spatial and temporal coverage of sea-level observations utilised. Therefore, we present an improved version integrating a variety of ‘soft’ data such as journal papers, newspapers, weather reports, and social media. SurgeWatch2.0 identifies 329 coastal flooding events from 1915 to 2016, a more than fivefold increase compared to the 59 events in v1.0. Moreover, each flood event is now ranked using a multi-level categorisation based on inundation, transport disruption, costs, and fatalities: from 1 (Nuisance) to 6 (Disaster). For the 53 most severe events ranked Category 3 and above, an accompanying event description based upon the Source-Pathway-Receptor-Consequence framework was produced. Thus, SurgeWatch v2.0 provides the most comprehensive and coherent historical record of UK coastal flooding. It is designed to be a resource for research, planning, management and education.
Haigh, Ivan D.
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Gallop, Shari L.
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Haigh, Ivan D., Ozsoy, Ozgun, Wadey, Matthew P., Nicholls, Robert J., Gallop, Shari L., Wahl, Thomas and Brown, Jennifer M. (2017) An improved database of coastal flooding in the United Kingdom from 1915 to 2016. Scientific Data, 4, [170100]. (doi:10.1038/sdata.2017.100).

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Coastal flooding caused by extreme sea levels can produce devastating and wide-ranging consequences. The ‘SurgeWatch’ v1.0 database systematically documents and assesses the consequences of historical coastal flood events around the UK. The original database was inevitably biased due to the inconsistent spatial and temporal coverage of sea-level observations utilised. Therefore, we present an improved version integrating a variety of ‘soft’ data such as journal papers, newspapers, weather reports, and social media. SurgeWatch2.0 identifies 329 coastal flooding events from 1915 to 2016, a more than fivefold increase compared to the 59 events in v1.0. Moreover, each flood event is now ranked using a multi-level categorisation based on inundation, transport disruption, costs, and fatalities: from 1 (Nuisance) to 6 (Disaster). For the 53 most severe events ranked Category 3 and above, an accompanying event description based upon the Source-Pathway-Receptor-Consequence framework was produced. Thus, SurgeWatch v2.0 provides the most comprehensive and coherent historical record of UK coastal flooding. It is designed to be a resource for research, planning, management and education.

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Accepted/In Press date: 29 June 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 1 August 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 413050
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/413050
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ORCID for Robert J. Nicholls: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9715-1109

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Date deposited: 14 Aug 2017 16:30
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 17:02

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Author: Ivan D. Haigh
Author: Ozgun Ozsoy
Author: Matthew P. Wadey
Author: Shari L. Gallop
Author: Thomas Wahl
Author: Jennifer M. Brown

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