Science, society and environmental change in the first millennium CE - Lecture: Controls on river flooding and floodplain development during the First Millenium in British rivers
Long flood records, produced using historical or sedimentary evidence of flooding, reveal changes between flood-rich and flood-poor periods on decadal to centennial timescales as a result of variations in flood frequency and magnitude, controlled primarily by changes in climate. River channels and floodplains respond to changes in water and sediment input driven by climate and land-use change in the upstream catchment that may alter local flood hazard. Changes in flood frequency and magnitude, and their drivers, and in channel and floodplain morphology during the First Millennium will be examined in selected British catchments to assess the timing and nature of changes in flood hazard and the floodplain environment and their possible implications for human activities within the floodplain.
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