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Learning from the extreme River Tyne flood in January 2005

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kirsty Harwood


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Extreme floods often demonstrate unanticipated characteristics that pose problems for management and response. The floods on the Tyne and Eden in January 2005 provided numerous examples of such unexpected response. This paper describes characteristics of storm rainfall and runoff generation on the River Tyne catchment, flood effects and damage. Unusual aspects of hydrological behaviour are highlighted as a basis for assessing what lessons can be learned for flood risk management. These include problems associated with coincidence of extreme wind speeds and rainfall, the retarding influence of floodplain storage on flood wave travel time in extreme flows, the influence of critical storm duration on the severity of the resulting flood on headwaters and main river, and the variety of mechanisms of flood occurrence. The occurrence of such an extreme flood provides the opportunity to validate and enhance the review process of the Environment Agency's flood zone maps.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Archer DR, Leesch F, Harwood K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Water and Environment Journal

Year: 2007

Volume: 21

Issue: 2

Pages: 133-141

ISSN (print): 1747-6585

ISSN (electronic): 1747-6593

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2006.00058.x


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