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The Big Flood: North Sea Storm Surges

The Big Flood: North Sea Storm Surges

An International Scientific Meeting at the Royal Society (London)
23 May 2003

Fifty years ago, during the winter of 1953, a North Sea storm surge resulted in catastrophic flooding on the coasts of England and the Netherlands, claiming over 2,000 lives. The risk of such an event recurring may be increasing due to sea-level rise resulting from climate change, the age of sea defences, extensive development in vulnerable areas, and a lack of awareness of flood vulnerability.

With speakers from around the North Sea basin, "The Big Flood" will examine storm surge histories, the meteorology of North Sea storms, sea defence conditions, inundation modelling of coastal floods, risk perception and policy, public health and social impacts, and disaster management issues.

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