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Briefing Note: an assessment of the rarity of the November 2009 floods

Hannaford, Jamie; Stewart, Lisa; Miller, James; Kjeldsen, Thomas; Morris, David. 2009 Briefing Note: an assessment of the rarity of the November 2009 floods. Wallingford, NERC/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, 6pp. (UNSPECIFIED)

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Abstract/Summary

On the 19th and 20th November 2009, prolonged heavy rainfall brought extensive flooding to many parts of the western UK and Ireland, with the worst flooding concentrated in west Cumbria. The towns of Cockermouth and Workington experienced particularly severe flooding which inundated large numbers of properties and caused transport chaos. A police officer died in Workington after a road bridge collapsed. CEH scientists have been working to assess the rarity of the event using the latest statistical techniques. This work is ongoing, and two journal papers are being prepared for submission early in 2011. This short article provides a brief synopsis of some of the key findings. Some of this work was presented at the British Hydrological Society Fourth International Conference at Newcastle University in July 2010

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Water
CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Water > WA01 Water extremes
CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Water > WA01 Water extremes > WA01.1 New methodologies to quantify floods, flows and droughts
CEH Sections: Boorman (to September 2014)
Funders/Sponsors: NERC
Additional Keywords: flooding
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
Meteorology and Climatology
Date made live: 20 Apr 2015 11:35 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/510223

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