Category Archives: Flooding

The Golden Age Of Radar

By: Rob Thompson One of the most frequently viewed pages on weather apps is the radar imagery. We see them on apps, websites and TV forecasts, and have done for years. But rarely do we see much about what we … Continue reading

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What are the challenges in forecasting the impacts of tropical cyclones?

By: Liz Stephens Last year I joined the Meteorology department in a joint-post between the University of Reading and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCCC), but I still suspect most people have no idea exactly what it is … Continue reading

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Flood forecasting for the Negro River in the Amazon Basin

By: Amulya Chevuturi Figure 1: Photograph of the Negro River and the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon is the largest river basin in the world, with large free-flowing rivers, draining about one-sixth of global freshwater to the ocean. The Amazonian floodplains have … Continue reading

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Using deep learning to observe river levels using river cameras

By: Sarah Dance In recent times, machine learning is being increasingly used to make sense of digital data. In environmental science, we are only at the beginning of this journey (Blair et al 2021). However, we have already found one … Continue reading

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Understanding the role of climate change in the 2018 Kerala floods.

By: Kieran Hunt & Arathy Menon These days, when a weather-related catastrophe occurs, one of the first questions raised in the aftermath is “did this happen because of climate change?”. Because of the stochastic and chaotic nature of weather, it is … Continue reading

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Housebuilding ban on floodplains isn’t enough – flood-prone communities should take back control

By: Hannah Cloke February 2020 has brought more than its fair share of bad weather to the north of England, the Midlands and Wales. Shrewsbury, Bewdley and Telford swam in the Severn, while the Ouse invaded York. For some, the … Continue reading

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Climate change increases the “perfect storm” coastal flood potential

By Emanuele Bevacqua Some of the European low-lying coastal areas and river estuaries may see a future increase in flooding caused not only by sea-level rise but also by more frequent concurrent storm surge and heavy precipitation, we show in … Continue reading

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Improving forecasting of flooding from intense rainfall through interdisciplinary research

By: Linda Speight In England and Wales alone 3 million properties are at risk of surface water flooding. Having spent the past year speaking to a number of experts in the field (see below), I feel confident saying the universal … Continue reading

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Mechanisms of Climate Change in the Indian Summer Monsoon

By Jon Shonk Over one billion people are reliant on the rainfall of the Indian Summer Monsoon. During the wet season, which usually spans June to September, some parts of India receive over 90% of their total annual rainfall. Deficits … Continue reading

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DARE to use datasets of opportunity

By Joanne Waller To accurately forecast the weather, we must first describe what is currently happening in the atmosphere. To determine the current atmospheric state, we could use: Previous forecasts (data from complex computational models of the atmosphere) which provide … Continue reading

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