There are many hundreds of publications in the scientific literature each year detailing the proposed impacts of climate change on the coastal zone, however, last week, the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) published a new synopsis on UK coastal flooding impacts. The coastal flooding report, authored by SurgeWatch founders Ivan Haigh and Robert Nicholls is available here. Concern about … More Climate change and coastal flooding: the current state of the art
The UK Government and National Agencies such as councils are notoriously bad at documenting flood impacts, and there is certainly no consistency in the manner with which they approach the task. A project I am now collaborating on is SurgeWatch, which aims to establish a comprehensive database of UK Coastal Flood events. If you have … More SurgeWatch – A database of UK Coastal Flood Events
Here follows a press release for our recent paper on wave breaking patterns and the link to rip current risk. Research by the Universities of Southampton and Plymouth has found a new link between breaking waves and the hazard posed by rip currents. The research provides a better understanding why some surf zone conditions … More New paper: New understanding of rip currents that could save lives
…or so they would have you believe. Actress Anne Hathaway ‘pulled under by a riptide’, Scottish man killed when the ‘lethal current dragged him underwater’ and the ‘children that screamed as they were pulled under by strong rip currents’. Rip currents are indeed a very real risk to recreational users of the beach, with more … More The currents that will kill us all…
Rip currents are a dangerous coastal hazard. A simple statement that most casual beach users would tend to agree with. Why, then, are so many of those same people ignorant of the risks posed by rip current currents? Why do many beach users, excepting perhaps experienced surfers, fail to spot the dangers and still end … More The currents that will ‘rip’ your trunks off: why don’t people see the risk?