Past to future extreme events in Liverpool Bay: model projections from 1960-2100

Brown, Jennifer; Wolf, Judith; Souza, Alejandro. 2012 Past to future extreme events in Liverpool Bay: model projections from 1960-2100. Climatic Change, 111 (2). 365-391.

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Knowledge of the likely future wind, wave and surge climate in Liverpool Bay is of importance for coastal flood defence management. We examine a 140-year time series (1960 – 2100) of wind and wave model projections at the WaveNet buoy location in Liverpool Bay and also of surge model projections at two ports in Liverpool Bay, namely Liverpool and Heysham. To this end we use model projections from the UK Climate Projections 09 (UKCP09) programme. We use a medium emissions scenario ensemble from the HadCM3 climate model sensitivity tests. A continental shelf model (CS3) with ~12km resolution was used to separately simulate the waves and the surge. The models are forced by hourly wind and pressure data from the Met Office (Hadley Centre) regional climate model (RCM). Swell wave boundary conditions are generated over the full Atlantic using global climate model (GCM) winds. Analysis of significant changes in the statistics over time shows that there is little change in extreme wave and surge conditions in Liverpool Bay. Although there is a slight increase in the severity of the most extreme events, the frequency of extreme wind and wave events is slightly reduced, while the frequency of extreme surge events slightly increases over the 140-year period. From the model projections, we find that the trends in the local wind are directly reflected in the wave field within Liverpool Bay. The trends in the skew surge projections deviate slightly from those in the wind patterns.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: NOC Programmes > Marine Physics and Ocean Climate
POL Programmes > Modelling and observation systems for shelf seas
NOC Programmes
ISSN: 0165-0009
Date made live: 22 Aug 2011 15:49 +0 (UTC)

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