Climate change makes extreme weather more likely – but we also have the power to make our flood responses smarter.
Flooded, embanked tributary of the River Eden in Cumbria. Image from a small unmanned aerial vehicle.
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There's a short window of opportunity to gather the data needed to fully assess the impact of changes to rivers and floodplains on flooding.
Teetering: Abergeldie Castle.
Storm Frank has left one of the Queen's neighbours in Aberdeenshire on the verge of collapsing into a river. Here's what you do about it.
Here come the rains to Hollywood and Southern California.
The flood-control infrastructure built to weather heavy rains in Los Angeles sends runoff to sea – a poor design for drought-worried California.
The mechanisms are there - but where's the evidence?
Poor planning can make natural disasters much, much worse.
Instead of trying to maintain our usual routines in the face of huge disruptions, we should use them as a welcome opportunity to mix things up.
Evacuees gather at a rescue centre after this month’s floods in the Philippines. But for many women the danger doesn’t end here.
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Climate change isn't gender-neutral. The effects are likely to hit the world's poorest women hardest of all, because they are more likely to lack the resources to escape natural disasters or disease.
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Assam state suffers from severe flooding every few years but authorities still aren't prepared.
Levees in New Orleans were unable to prevent flooding during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Delta cities in both rich and poor countries face uphill, and potentially costly, battle in containing risk from flooding.
Flooding during Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City’s transportation and power infrastructure.
Study finds higher risk of flooding from a combination of storm surge and heavy precipitation, particularly along the East Coast of the US.
Only a small portion of Porto Novo, Benin, is built-up. The city is taking steps to combat climate change.
Porto Novo in Benin, Rouen in France and Da Nang in Vietnam are taking steps to mitigate the harsh effects of climate change, which will hit them hard if they don't.
Increasingly erratic rainfall patterns could worsen flood risk.
AAP Image/David Moir
Climate warming is predicted to intensify rainfall patterns. But new research suggests this could even happen within individual storms, as warmer weather makes them more likely to contain short intense bursts.
Recent extreme rains such as those that hit Sydney recently are actually decreasing, but extreme rain in summer is going up.
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Extreme rainfall in Sydney is increasing - but only in summer, potentially leading to more flash floods in the city.
Sand blown inland at Bondi Beach.
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What causes the wild weather that's hit Sydney and central New South Wales over the past 24 hours?
A king tide in New Zealand, part of a project documenting what future sea level rise might look like.
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Human activity is driving sea levels higher. Australia’s seas are likely to rise by around 70 centimetres by 2100 if nothing is done to combat climate change. But 2100 can seem a long way off. At the moment…
Too much give.
Landslides happen everywhere and in different geological locations. This can be because of flooding, which allows sodden soil to move, or rockfalls and slower, continuous movements of land due to gravity…
To no one’s great surprise.
The state of the British summer has always been a constant source of fascination and irritation, if only for its fickle nature. Now the latest prediction is for more heavy summer downpours. Our study…
The submerged, petrified forest at Borth, northwest Wales.
It is said that if you listen carefully on the shores of Aberdyfi in northwest Wales you can hear the bells of the drowned…
Which would you choose to save: your front room or farmland?
This winter’s floods were amongst the most severe in living memory, with swathes of the country submerged. The loss of life has been much lower than for many disasters around the world, but many land owners…