Imaggeo on Mondays: The British Winter Storms

Imaggeo on Mondays: The British Winter Storms

This week’s imaggeo on Monday’s photography is Godrevy Lighthouse in North Cornwall (UK) experiencing the full force of the 2013/14 British Winter Storms which caused damage across the south west of the country. During mid-December 2013 to mid-February 2014 the UK was hit by six major storms bringing record precipitation, strong winds, huge waves and generating overall hazardous conditions.

Despite the overall consensus being that these winter months were very wet, the question arose: did the period indeed represent unprecedented storminess?  Work carried out by a team of researchers to answer this very question found that the 2013/14 storms where the strongest experienced by the Biritish Isle in a 143 year period. The extreme precipitation, as well as atmospheric and gale measurements confirmed the findings.

With the storms triggering coastal flooding and gale force winds causing millions of pounds worth of damage to properties and infrastructure across Cornwall (and elsewhere in the country) it is clear that further research is needed in understanding the process which drive storminess in the region, concluded the study.

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Laura Roberts Artal is the Outreach and Dissemination Manager at The Water Innovation Hub (University of Sheffield). Laura also volunteers as the Associate Director of Communications for Geology for Global Development. She has also held a role in industry as Marketing Manager for PDS Ava (part of PDS Group). Laura was the Communications Officer at the European Geosciences Union from the summer of 2014 to the end of 2017. Laura is a geologist by training and holds a PhD in palaeomagnetism from the University of Liverpool. She tweets at @LauRob85.

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