UK still suffering from impacts of summer drought

8th November, 2022 During fieldwork last week it was clear how the drought in Southern Britain is still having impacts despite the recent wetter weather. Soil infiltration rates in an area of slowly permeable clay-loam soils to the west of Oxford were measured in the moderate to rapid capacity when, normally, at this time of…
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UK drought crisis – a wake up call to protect our precious water resources

The UK’s rainfall has been below average for most of the past 18 months, and July was the driest on record across England since 1935. More than 35 million people in the UK are now living in an official drought zone as we face the biggest water shortage since 1976. Drought occurs when evaporation and…
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70th Anniversary of the Lynmouth flood disaster

On 15 August 1952, the most tragic river flood experienced in the UK over the past 100 years devastated a picturesque seaside village overnight. Click the link below to view our interactive story map as we explore the causes and scale of the disaster as well as some new perspectives.

Look out for algal blooms

As the summer is warming up, so too is the risk of algal blooming. Although an important aspect of marine and freshwater eco systems, algae can become dangerous if the population increases rapidly. Algae is an important food source for fish, amphibians, and insects, and moderate amounts of algae can indicate that the water is…
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Continuing our commitment to greener travel and exploring opportunities at EV Festival

As an environmental consultancy, Hydro-GIS strive to reduce our impact on the environment and limit emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases which contribute to global warming. Since 2004, Hydro-GIS has been committed to greener travel – reducing the need for unnecessary business travel and encouraging the use of sustainable forms of transport where travel…
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Australia’s Deadly Floods Continue As Questions Are Being Raised

While the flood waters may have subsided and the massive clean-up operation begun in areas of northern and eastern parts of New South Wales, in the far west of the state more heavy rain caused flash flooding on 15 March 2022. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said that 26mm of rain fell in 30 minutes…
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2022 Eastern Australia Floods Break Records

A catastrophic flood event has occurred in South East Queensland and parts of coastal New South Wales. It began on 23rd February 2022, caused by a low pressure system over Queensland’s southern coast that dragged in moisture from the Coral Sea in the north, raising it over the Queensland coastline. Furthermore, around New Zealand there…
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Students’ Joy At Welcome Return To Fieldwork

Our Director of Hydrology, Dr Harvey Rodda, is an Associate Professor at University College London. This week has seen a welcome return to field trips with his students, as they took a break from the city to visit Goring-on-Thames in Hydro-GIS’ home county of Oxfordshire. The MSc students were using topographic surveying of the local…
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European floods in July 2021

The greatest loss of life from a European flood of the 21st Century occurred in July 2021. Click the link below to view our interactive story map as we explore the causes, scale and implications of the disaster.

Aftermath of the devastating July floods

2 months on from the terrible floods which took place on 17 July 2021, the town of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler (North Rhine-Westphalia) in Germany is still recovering. Watch our ‘before and after’ video: See related post: What caused the devastating floods in Europe?