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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellows' Seminar - Predicting the future from the past: river floods in changing environments'

24th February 2020, 13:00 to 14:00, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Dr Anna Jones (Edge Hill University)

Abstract

Palaeoflood hydrology is the study of floods that occurred prior to the gauging, or historical recording, of flood events within a river catchment but which can be reconstructed from geomorphic, sedimentary and botanical evidence. Palaeoflood chronologies can be used to improve estimates of flood hazard and to investigate relationships between high-magnitude low-frequency flooding and climatic variables. This seminar asks to what extent palaeoflood chronologies can be used to assess the likely frequency-magnitude relationships of future flooding, given progressive, and in some cases very rapid, changes in the climate system, catchment land use and river morphology that are occurring at the present time.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues or students interested in attending a seminar should register online in advance to reserve a place. Places will be confirmed within 48 hours of receipt (subject to availability). Alternatively please contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.