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Met Office: Evidence 'suggests climate change link to storms'

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Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2014 10:57 PM by AlexMuller

Climate change is likely to be a factor in the extreme weather that has hit much of the UK in recent months, the Met Office's chief scientist has said. Dame Julia Slingo said the variable UK climate meant there was "no definitive answer" to what caused the storms. "But all the evidence suggests there is a link to climate change."

 
"There is no evidence to counter the basic premise that a warmer world will lead to more intense daily and hourly rain events."
 
More than 130 severe flood warnings - indicating a threat to life - have been issued since December. In contrast, there were only nine in the whole of 2012.
 
More than 5,000 properties have been flooded over this period, although the Environment Agency says investment in flood defences over the past decade has protected a further 1.3 million properties.
 
Speaking ahead of the launch of a Met Office report - produced by the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology - into recent climatic events, Dame Julia said the UK had seen the "most exceptional period of rainfall in 248 years".
 
Unsettled weather at this time of year was not unexpected - but the prolonged spell of rain, as well as the intensity and height of coastal waves, was "very unusual".
 
"We have records going back to 1766 and we have nothing like this," she said. "We have seen some exceptional weather. We can't say it is unprecedented but it is exceptional."

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-10
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Is it climate change that is behind the UK storms? This is going to be debated as usual without a firm positive answer as things are complex - the actions should follow in any case
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-10
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The most important is it to work on preventing these floods affecting so many people Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-10
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One option is to build levees. They offer a simple defense against flooding. The cost to build levees high enough to keep pace with rising seas could be very significant and not many countries can afford this Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-10
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Other coastal flood protections, not just levees, should be considered. They range from restoring wetlands and beaches, which in some cases are a more affordable alternative, to building more costly large barriers that can be opened and closed. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-10
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Many options should be considered: levees, wetlands, sea walls, and mechanical barriers as well as softer adaptation options like stronger coastal permitting and improved flood evacuation maps Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-10
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They suggest a links between extreme weather in Europe and North America and perturbations in the North Atlantic and Pacific jet streams. This is caused by changing weather patterns in South East Asia and higher ocean temperatures- presumably due to global warming
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-10
+0
To make this more convincing they plan to make models and use other methods available Reply
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