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18-20 June 2019

Telford International Centre, UK

Ivan Haigh

Ivan Haigh

Ivan Haigh

Associate Professor in Coastal Oceanography, University of Southampton Speaking On: Day 1 (20th March)
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  • Lessons learnt from examining 100 years of coastal flood events around the UK

The UK has a long history of severe coastal flooding, and at present 2.5 million properties and £150 billion of assets are potentially exposed to coastal flooding. However, there is no formal, national framework in the UK to record flood severity and consequences and thus benefit an understanding of coastal flooding mechanisms and consequences.

To address this issue, we have compiled an innovative new database called ˜SurgeWatch” (www.surgewatch.org) to systematic document and improve understanding of coastal flooding. Integrating a variety ˜hard (e.g. sea level and wave records, meteorological data) and ˜soft (e.g. newspapers, weather reports, and social media) data sources we have identified 330 distinct coastal flooding events from 1915 to 2017 for the UK (and are in the process of adding an additional 400 events pre-1915, extending as far back as 245 AD). To our knowledge SurgeWatch is the most detailed database on coastal flooding anywhere in the world.In this presentation I will describe the key lessons we have learnt from undertaking a detailed and novel analysis of the drivers and impacts of the 330 flood events compiled over the last century. My talk will relate explicitly to several of the questions in theme 3.

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