Ban Ki Moon
British Isles at risk of increasing river flooding
A recent study has found that the British Isles are at risk of increasing river flooding as a result of climate change. The RAMSES “High level quantified assessment of key vulnerabilities and priority risks for urban areas in the EU” tested theoretical low, medium and high-impact scenarios, and in all cases, found increases in flood risk in the British Isles. 43% of cities showed an increase in flood risk in a low impact scenario. In a medium impact scenario every city saw an increase of at least 16%, and in the high scenario the increase is of 27%.
The study also found that Northern Portugal, Northwest Spain and Norway will also face river flooding in years to come. Trondheim and Kristiansand, the two Norwegian cities considered, show increases in all scenarios and a large increase in the high impact scenario More information can be found in the report, "High level quantified assessment of key vulnerabilities and priority risks for urban areas in the EU".
The 2nd RAMSES Policy brief summarises the key findings of the project, highlights their implications for adaptation strategies and measures, and points to research that could facilitate enhanced adaptation decision-making