River flooding could increase under climate change (UK MetOffice)

River flooding could increase under climate change (UK MetOffice)

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20 December 2013
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River floods are likely to occur more frequently in many parts of the world as climate change intensifies heavy rainfall, according to a new study. Published today,  the study is the first to use both climate models and river flow simulations from multiple hydrological models to look at global-scale changes in flood hazard under climate change. Using a high-end greenhouse gas emissions scenario out to the end of this century, researchers looked at potential changes in 1 in 30 year peak river flows. Results suggest that while decreases in extreme river flows are likely at about a third of the global land mass, increases are expected at more than half of the areas looked at. At between 5% and 30% of places, 1 in 30 year events became as frequent as 1 in 5 years. >> More

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