Global warming simulations: Parts of U.K. and northern Europe to see more compound flooding

phys.org | 8/22/2019 | Staff
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A team of researchers from across Europe has found via simulations that parts of the U.K. and northern Europe are likely to see more compound flooding events in the next century due to global warming. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes building their simulations and what they showed.

Compound flooding events occur when two or more weather events that would lead to flooding on their own happen at the same time in the same place. In this new effort, the researchers focused on low-pressure systems and excess rain events. Low-pressure events over bodies of water such as the English Channel can push water inland—such storm surges quite often result in flooding coastal areas. Storms that dump more than normal amounts of rain on a given area over a short period of time can also lead to flooding. When you put the two together in the same place at the same time, very serious flooding can occur. The researchers point out the havoc that resulted from two compound flooding events in recent years—one on the Avon in Bristol in 2014, and the other...
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