The paper analyses chronologies of historical flash floods from searches of newspaper archives and other sources stretching back to before 1800, together with recent gauged rainfall and stream flow data. The authors outlined five key examples to illustrate specific features of British flash floods.
Particularly intense rainfall can generate ‘walls of water’ in river courses which can propagate long distances downstream and steepen, without upstream structural failure. River flash floods, like pluvial floods, also have the characteristic of rapid speed of response, which is a principal source of risk to life.
Four other papers have also been highly commended:
Journal of flood risk management provides an international platform for knowledge sharing in all areas related to flood risk. Its explicit aim is to disseminate ideas across the range of disciplines where flood related research is carried out and it provides content ranging from leading edge academic papers to applied content with the practitioner in mind.
The journal’s Editor-in-Chief Paul Samuels said;
“The winning and highly commended papers can be used as excellent examples for other authors; they all cover important aspects of flood risk management, they are well structured and written, with appropriate summaries and well-argued conclusions.”
All of the papers are now freely available to read on the journal website, you can also find more information and author guidelines here.
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