weather

Creating ‘virtual storms’ to help design coastal defences and coastal flood warning systems

A project has ‘kicked-off’ in London that will create artificial storms to help predict worst-case scenarios for coastal flooding. Using computer models to make real storms more extreme, this National Oceanography Centre (NOC) led project will help inform the planning of coastal defences and emergency response.

Storms fuel blooms of marine plants

Storm

Autumn storms help the ocean absorb atmospheric CO2 and stimulate marine life by ‘stirring-up’ the nutrients that feed blooms of tiny marine plants.

Highest tides for 18.6 years

‘Supermoon’ seen from Canary Wharf 2014

Many places along the UK coastline will experience the highest tide for 18.6 years between the 19th and 30th of September, as a result of the co-incidence of a series of astronomical factors. Watch a video of Professor Kevin Horsburgh explaining this using a football and a tennis ball.

Estimating the cost of flooding for communities around estuaries

Flood levels

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Liverpool have developed a new visualisation tool to predict the maximum cost of coastal flooding to communities around estuaries.

Sea level lower heading north

GOCE in orbit (image: © ESA / AOES Medialab)

For decades, scientists have disagreed about whether the sea is higher or lower heading north along the east coast of North America.

Southampton meeting shapes tsunami exercise

Mediterranean Sea (image: Wikimedia Commons)

An exercise taking place this week, that simulates a tsunami striking the north-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas, will involve 19 states stretching from Cape Verde to Lebanon and from Spain to Finland.