Publication: Flash floods from intense rainfall

"Morpeth Flood" by johndal licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

“Morpeth Flood” by johndal licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Recently David Archer, supported by JBA Trust, and Hayley Fowler of Newcastle University published a paper about chronologies of historical flash floods derived from searches of newspaper archives and other sources commencing before 1800, along with recent gauged rainfall and stream flow data.

The paper includes five examples illustrating specific features of flash floods, which mostly happen on steep upland catchments, but can also occur on lowland catchments.  A definition of flash floods from intense rainfall, relevant to British landscape and climate, is proposed.

The paper “Characterising flash flood response to intense rainfall and impacts using historical information and gauged data in Britain” is available here.

For more information about the SINATRA project and our work to advance scientific understanding of the drivers, thresholds, and impacts of flooding from intense rainfall in ‘at-risk’ UK catchments, please visit our project page.