Flooding in Europe to increase by 2050, study suggests

03/3/2014 | New Scientist

By 2050, extreme flooding in Europe will increase, along with flood damage costs, according to a study of peak river flows. "We're the first to look at correlations between peak discharges in different river basins, and the chance that if there's flooding in one, it will spread to others," said Vrije University Amsterdam's Brenden Jongman, whose team analyzed data collected since 1990. The researchers say they found patterns in the peak flows of rivers, enabling them to create climate models predicting that major floods will occur every 10 years.

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