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The November 2009 floods in Cumbria, north-west England: an analysis of the rainfall and river flows in two catchments

Miller, J.D.; Morris, D.G. ; Stewart, E.J.; Gibson, H.S.. 2012 The November 2009 floods in Cumbria, north-west England: an analysis of the rainfall and river flows in two catchments. In: Klijn, Frans; Schweckendiek, Timo, (eds.) Comprehensive flood risk management: research for policy and practice. London, CRC Press, 7pp.

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Abstract/Summary

In 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 in north-west England. For two of the most affected catchments, the Derwent and the Leven, this paper presents an analysis of the rainfall, river flows and lake levels, including a comparison with other recent flood events. Spatial analysis of rainfall illustrates that the return period of flood peaks in these catchments is influenced not just by the return period of the causative catchment average rainfall, but also by its spatial distribution and intensity – particularly in a catchment less dominated by a large lake system. A combined assessment of rarity in terms of both rainfall and flows demonstrates the extreme nature of the November 2009 event and the complexity of the re-lationship between the estimated return periods of catchment average rainfall and peak flow.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Water > WA Topic 1 - Variability and Change in Water Systems > WA - 1.1 - Continued long term monitoring and integrated observation of freshwater systems
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Water > WA Topic 1 - Variability and Change in Water Systems > WA - 1.2 - Quantify variability and departures from natural historical variability in water quality ...
CEH Sections/Science Areas: Boorman (to September 2014)
ISBN: 9780415621441
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
Date made live: 15 Mar 2013 12:01 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/500268

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